marcov wrote:What kind of computer work do you do mostly? Maybe you can do some design work on a (non-electronic) whiteboard in between computer work. We have a whiteboard in every office. And I always make drawings on whiteboards whenever I entry someone's office. I cannot think clearly without drawing stuff.
I did that in previous jobs, but the current job the need is less. I do work out simple sketches with gnome DIA, but unfortunately that project seems to be doomed. Mostly they are flow schemes of some kind and architectural overviews of the setup of our (vision-) systems.
I'm doing mapping for the civil construction. It's mainly Autocad based, and very eye intensive. Due to the fact this is necessary to be very accurate, this is very tempting to stay stuck at screens, even forgetting to take a break. That's why the ambiance at work is capital. Behaving like a robot would just make you sick and do bad job.
I totally agree that we need to keep using papers, pen, and white boards in the office. And here I would second you if you mean that's a way to escape a little the attraction of screens, even a few minutes a day. Moreover, it's efficient and useful! We have of course no such things at my current office. It's really a nightmare :D
Natural light has this also as advantage, it makes you feel the time passing in order to program a pause after say 20 minutes to 1 hour of intensive work. In any case, I luckily never met such an uncomfortable office before, so until now it was ok. Of course for me the ideal is to work with a window by side. It's where I feel best.
In any case, I'm leaving this job next week, after a few monthes, since it's just not possible to keep working this way. It occures that unfortunately, some employers are still today not aware of ergonomy, and its effects on productivity and happiness at work. I can't pay for such a lack of common sense. I wanted to share this anyway, in order to get some better insight on this topic.
Linuxbob wrote:I've been doing lighting design professionally for over 30 years. During that time, the rules of thumb for lighting in a workspace (specifically workstation) environment has changed quite a bit.
Hi Linuxbob, thanks for your feedback. Did you never install some of those ligthing that are supposed to imitate the effects of natural light? Did you ear about that?