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You see, back when I was younger (and smarter ... and had hair) I was pretty much indestructible (as most of us are). I rarely suffered much for my encounters with gravity or velocity, though I did learn a lesson or two along the way. Newsflash: I'm not younger (or smarter) anymore.
About a month ago, while impersonating a human pack mule, I forgot about the things I'm not anymore. That was the moment one of my knees decided it wanted to take a few months off. And you know what? It got what it wanted ... and I learned another lesson.
Walking with a knee brace and my cane I resemble a half duck, half penguin much more than a curmudgeonly version of Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp. My body constantly reminds me that this is not the Loco-Motion that "everybody's doing". With apologies to the old English proverb, where there's a will, there's a waddle.
Getting in and out of my desk chair has been problematic as well (I've never been accused of being graceful). This discourages me from even making the effort to work at times. All in all, what I thought was going to be a reason to order more takeout has turned into a physical and psychological obstacle keeping me from getting started, which has completely disrupted my productivity. To borrow from Pink Floyd, I have become uncomfortably dumb.
Thankfully my situation is only temporary, even if the increasing backlog of work seems insurmountable (I'll need to take my own advice to make a dent in it). But there are many people who work with the constant distractions of physical discomfort or awkward working conditions on a regular basis. And just like me, their work and morale suffers for it.
It may be something as simple as an uncomfortable chair or needing a lumbar support or footrest. It may be a workspace that is too small, too close to their neighbors or has no sense of privacy or personal space. Or it may be the all too common temperature in the office (something I've written about before).
When considering all of this I strongly suggest you think about yourself too. Your comfort affects your morale, which sets tone for the rest of your staff. Mood and morale start at the top, so if you are unhappy your staff will be unhappy. If that's the case I suggest re-reading this block while substituting "your emotions" for "comfort".
Trying to accommodate every employee's needs isn't always easy, and it's never going to be free. But it's important, and it's worth the effort. Think of it as an investment in your staff, like training (but something they actually appreciate).
We can't all work in vibrating recliners with a personal assistant waiting on us hand and foot. But we can make sure that we provide a comfortable work environment for our staff and for ourselves. Go the extra mile, because one day it may be you who needs special consideration ... even if it's just a place to hang your cane for a couple of months.