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Working woes: what would you change about your job?

By Helen Pentith  //  Fri 1st March 2013

If you had the power to do so, what elements would you change about your job? You probably don't hate your job (at least I hope not!), but you probably don't love every single aspect of it either. Everyone has aspects of their jobs that they don't enjoy - attributes that cause stress or boredom - and we're not talking about things like the hours you work or the wages you earn. We're talking about things over which you might actually have some control, so wouldn't you change these aspects of your job, if you had the power?

A stress-free morning commute

How long does your commute take you in the morning? If you work in the city and live in the suburbs, an hour each way, especially once you factor in traffic, is by no means uncommon. That means you waste two hours of each day simply travelling to and from work, and that's not to mention the stress invoked by the commute itself. Scarfing down a breakfast and breezing out the door, jacket tails flaring before battling the traffic or running for the train is no way to start each working day. If you could spend an extra half hour in bed, get home half an hour earlier and enjoy a sedate, picturesque commute, wouldn't that change the way in which you view your job? Those who work from a rural commercial office building can already enjoy such perks...

More achievable deadlines

The deadline-based nature of many careers is a considerable source of workaday stress, with individuals striving to meet their targets, often to the detriment of their mental and physical health. It's a difficult balance to strike, too - if you work hard and work fast, you may meet your deadlines early and end up with more on your plate. On the other hand, if you're too slow to meet your targets, you'll be left with a high-pressure rush at the end of every submission window. The ability to meet your deadlines comfortably, and to do so without stress, would surely take a load off your shoulders and improve your quality of life, both at work and at home. Could a countryside office environment really help you to work more productively?

A comfortable working environment

One of the reasons why many people don't enjoy their jobs is that they resent the environment in which they work. There are many factors that can contribute to a negative atmosphere at work - be they your bosses, co-workers or the projects you're working on - but more often than not, it's the office environment itself. We associate city centre office buildings with the working world, with the daily grind, with the stresses of tight deadlines and micromanagement. The gloomy architecture of those office buildings and their dystopian urban settings don't help either, and it all conspires to make us feel oppressed, stressed and unhappy. Here at Escrick Park, we don't think there's anything wrong with offices per se - just where the majority of them are situated. Take a look at the rural office buildings to let on our website and see how you can benefit from a relaxing, picturesque and productive environment conducive to stress-free working.

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