questionshow important is your work environment to you?


I think my work environment is one of the things that keeps me here at my job. I really like the place and I can't say that about my last job (though I didn't quit because of it, the company went out of business).

The people here help make it nice too but having nice diggs is a big bonus. Now if it was just closer to my home!


I work in a cube. For now. It's about 8'x8', It's kind of open andI have a window so it's not so bad. I often end up in common areas reviewing plans and maps so I'm not stuck in it all day. I'm young and hope to aspire to an office one day. My company cares and often works to keep us happy. They're mildly successful.

Yes work environment is important to everyone. We all just have different ideas of whats acceptable. If I did have an office and they moved most of the offices back into cubicles to save money then I'd be upset. If they've lasted through the economic crap over the past 8 years then they probably don't have a real enough reason to convince me the change was neccessary now. I'd voice my concern, through the proper channels, nothing will change otherwise.


I think it is important but at the same time big expensive offices are expensive. I have recently been through the same kind of situation with downsizing of employees and the work environment has never been the same since. But you still have to make that money and be thankful for what you have.


My first space in my current job was a cubicle that was 3 feet square in the middle of the entryway to the office. It was wide enough for my keyboard and mouse and nothing else. Then, after almost 4 years I had to move into a tiny space inside my boss' office for a few months. Then, I got to share a closet with another coworker and tons of colored paper. After that, we all got moved into a trailer, detached from the building where 7 of us shared a space smaller than my basement. Three months ago, they moved me into a real office with a window and a door that I don't have to share (so far.)
Some people might have complained and quit about the surroundings that I had to work in. But ultimately, I love my job and the work that the company does and that, to me, is far more important than where I sit to do the work. I fully expect that some day they're going to decide that I need to move to another office/cubicle/closet that I might not like as much as the one I'm in. But it's okay with me.


Work environment is a very important aspect of my job. I am the Safety and Environmental Coordinator at the company I currently work for. While work environment encompasses a lot of things, employee satisfaction is up towards the top, because they are the ones affected by most changes. My employees are mostly happy with their environment. We do all we can to see that they have the equipment and room to perform their jobs to the best of their abilities. While not everyone is estatic, most people see the lengths we go to and are willing to help us figure out what works best for the company and employee. This helps eliminate workplace injury and hostility, and also enables our employees to focus on their job.


Spending 8+ hours a day in a place which makes one grumpy, depressed, and/or miserable is not a good thing.

Without even needing to call out my own work situation, @snapster's departure, along with the recent departure of other Woot staffers, reinforces the importance of the work environment.

Too bad the corporate leaders don't always realize that ...


I chose a job where I make 10k less than other opportunities I had simply because this job allowed me to work from home three days a week, which has since turned into a full time work from home position. Personally, work environment is huge to me.


@narfcake: Yes, I just went and apologized to a co-worker for being brusque when she wished me "good morning" this am. She is closest to me on the organizational tree and she and I have had a poor relationship for years that took a good turn a couple of years ago and now we are quite friendly. But she tends to be thin-skinned so I am careful in how I interact with her to protect our friendly relationship. I went and told her that the lights and noise and claustrophobia were making me feel very aggressive and I was having some trouble keeping a lid on it so if she could please bear with me. Fortunately she's aware of my light sensitivity so she was understanding. But I am worried that this is going to cause problems for me, I am normally very easy-going and get along with everyone but I am having a lot of trouble getting a lid on this very visceral rage that being constably beaten on by noise and overhead light is engendering. Maybe I'll get used to it, it's only been a week.


@retorak: I would definitely make the same choice if the opportunity was offered. I live in a pretty backwards community, our businesses haven't embraced crazy modern ideas like that.


@retorak: I did the same thing. Went from a full time "regular" job, to a part-time from the house job. Took a big hit in the wallet, but it has been so worth it.


@moondrake The company I work for doesn't even have an office in my state anymore. I don't know what type of work you do, but if you look around at some of the larger companies you may be able to find one out of state that allows for full-time telecommuting.

@flyinggirl One interesting thing I found about full-time telecommuting is that I didn't lose as much money as I originally expected. I've saved about four thousand dollars over the past year (my first full-time wfh year) when compared with how much money I spent back when I was full time in the office (several years ago). Its amazing how much money you can save when you don't have to drive any where and the tax write-offs available for having a dedicated home office. I hope you've had a similar experience.


$8,726 a year Paycut I would be willing to take to get back to the work enviroment that I used to be in....


@djbowman: That's an awfully specific number. Is that the amount you increased when you left?


i think opinion of importance of work environment is a matter of perception. if you move down from a private office to a cube, then you may feel like you've lost quite a bit, and every little irritation becomes significant. i have never had a private office, so living in a cube doesn't seem that bad.

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@moondrake: no its the $470 a month factor increase of cost of living moving from bozeman to seattle and a very specfic # about missing my old boss ....


@moondrake: I do have a couple of suggestions to make your indentured servitude more bearable. You're so very close to the mark (even though a year and a half seems very long right now, it'll pass).

When I've had to work in intolerably bright rooms, I wore a visor, much like the ones you see on the dealers at poker tables in earlier days. Just cutting down the glare from overhead was helpful. The noise problem may be helped by some earphones of the noise canceling variety, although I realize it may not be compatible with the current work you do.

How important is work environment? It used to rank third on my list.

1. The work itself. I preferred certain types of challenging problems over others, and what I work on was always the most important thing.
2. Who I work with.
3. The tools, and the environment. This encompassed everything from what kind of computer to comfortable chairs.
4. Salary. Sometimes this ended up fifth, after commute time.



@moondrake: Buy one of those countdown to retirement clocks. You will be amazed at how happy you are as the days disappear. I inherited one from someone who was retiring when I had slightly more than a year to go, and I was amazed at the joy I got when the number of days went from 300 to 299. It just suddenly made it all real.

Try to stick with it. Retirement is good. I promise.

Start making plans for what you will do when you retire. Focus your attention there, and the environment will seem less important over time.