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A healthy workplace culture: The importance of ‘me time’

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There are two aspects of time that are important to establishing a healthy workplace culture. One is “me time” and the other is “team time”.

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“Me time” is an important part of a healthy workplace environment. Individual team members will perform better if they are allowed to take some quiet time independently from time to time.

An empty office, work from home day, having some “settings conducive to thought” are typically productive. Some companies like Google are even establishing gyms or sleeping rooms.

“Settings conducive to thought” are places through your office area where a small table, a couple of chairs, and a few plants are set up to create an atmosphere similar to modern libraries. This permits someone to fully concentrate on their work while providing a mental break from their normal work station.

Libraries are a great place for me time. They provide quiet areas and resources where problem solving or research can be done much more effectively than at a desk,

The Contractor’s Association of Michigan has an area where contractors are able to review blueprints and plans and public solicitations. It is an excellent place for a contractor to get some me time while being very productive.

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