It’s unhealthy to have a wall behind your computer screen.

Think about it: for over six hours per day on average, you are glancing at your computer monitor… imagine being told that you had to stare at a wall for six hours per day instead. It doesn’t sound too appealing, but that’s the overall effect when the wall is behind our monitor. If you’re getting depressed towards the end of your workday, or you’re getting headaches or even a dull feeling in your brain towards the end of your day, it could have a lot to do with this issue that nobody is talking about: move your monitor to a spot that’s got at least six feet of daylight behind it. At least.

Ever notice how homebuyers take note of the plus-factor when there’s a window behind the sink? Or when the sink is placed on an island that overlooks the living room? It’s because we inherently understand the benefits of being able to look up while working and seeing something. Anything. Yet we don’t even spend a half-hour per day on average in front of the sink, and we spent, again, at least six hours per day on average in front of our computer screens.

Office leaders: look into this. Get everyone on your team some open air behind their monitors so that they can have a healthy work environment. Putting our computer monitors in front of a wall is red tape: an unnecessary norm that holds us back.


Automatic Weekend Replies Prevent Monday-Morning Anxiety

Our made-up-yet-probably-accurate statistics suggest that 40% of anxiety in life comes from FOMO: fear of missing out. When we're away from our workdesks for an extended period of time, such as during a weekend, we experience no anxiety until Monday hits, whereby that...

Follow-Up on Anonymity Being Weak

Rip Red Tape received some angry criticism with this previous post on anonymity. Dozens of readers found it important that folks be able to speak their minds without consequence to themselves personally. They found it harsh that we would suggest that anonymous...

Colorado Springs Mayor’s Leadership Response Rating: D+

Leadership response to tragedy sets the tone for an organization. In the case of the City of Colorado Springs, Mayor John Suthers' response to tragedy has been nonexistent, which has created a void in the creative psyche of his city and its people. Imagine this: a...