When you think about it, there are quite a few ways in which cubicle panel extenders might enhance an employee’s at-work health. You’ve seen some of the studies and surveys on this blog about how too much noise and too little privacy is causing stress for cube-dwellers. Obviously, increasing privacy and decreasing noise is a no-brainer for addressing these issues. But perhaps there are additional hidden perks that workers could enjoy with higher cubicle walls.
How about Workplace Exercise?
We’ve all seen the popular articles about exercises you can do at your desk. They involve moving major muscle groups, stretching out ligaments, keeping joints supple, and making sure circulation isn’t interrupted. However, most of us probably don’t do these mini-workouts very often. It’s not that the exercises don’t feel good – they do. It’s just that we feel self-conscious about doing something that other people aren’t doing. If you suddenly stand up and start doing yoga or calisthenics at your desk (or even while still seated in your chair), you’re sure to get a few funny looks. Your coworkers will get used to your workout habit over time. But you’ll still be known as the “health-nut” who can’t sit still. Or, they might think you just can’t focus or that you take too many breaks.
Shield Yourself from View
What if you had a nice, tall cubicle panel giving you some visual privacy for your at-the-desk exercises? Would you feel free to move around more? Would you feel less like people were staring at you as you ensure your level of wellness stays high? When you feel healthy and limber instead of tired and achy, it’s easier to focus and do your job better. Some companies actually have everyone stop and do wellness exercises as a team. Until your workplace catches on with the trend, using your workstation as your own private gym may be a more realistic solution.