A good portion of your life is spent at work, it’s between 50-60% of your waking time. Shouldn’t the goal be both comfort and productivity, then? Much of the discussion around employee engagement, morale, and productivity tend to be about office perks (free food, ping pong, etc.) or managerial improvements in terms of communication. A workplace survey conducted by a design company Gensler showed a great correlation between the interaction of physical space and employee productivity.
This is valuable for companies and individual employees to listen to. You may never get free tacos, ping pong tables, or an amazingly empathetic boss, but this list of workplace gadgets handpicked by the Lifehack team can make you love work more and boost your productivity.
1. Sitts Posture Back Support Wedge Cushion
This back support cushion helps reduce tailbone pressure, which makes your head and shoulders feel lighter and favors healthy weight distribution and posture. This is great for people developing lower back issues because of their posture throughout a work day. You’ll also gradually build balance and core strength.
Sitts Posture Back Support Wedge Cushion, $50.98
2. Pleson Wireless Charger
No more cords! This is extremely thin (0.25 inches), generates 50% less heat, and the LED indicator will turn off when you’re charging successfully (no added distraction). It has universal compatibility with iPhone and Android. It’s also the most human-designed of the wireless chargers because it takes into account how you like to sleep.
Check the Pleson Wireless Charger at Amazon
3. NanoPad Nano Suction Smartphone Pad
With this, you can attach your phone to any smooth surface without a problem. The NanoPad itself is a thin pad that sticks to smartphones or their covers. Physical and chemical reactions make it possible to attach your phone to a white board as a meeting is being run. You could also attach it to a conference room wall, leave a food app open, and have everyone put in their order before it’s placed.
Back the NanoPad on Kickstarter
4. Sony Digital Paper e-Ink Tablet
Say goodbye to scroll and zoom. Documents can be in full-letter size and you can use the stylus to write fluidly and directly on the panel, quickly highlight text, and erase notes. Because the surface actually rejects your palm, functionality is never disrupted — which is a problem on some regular tablets.
e-Ink tablet, starting from $799
5. Homesky Inflatable Pillow
Yes, sleeping at work is encouraged. A 20-minute work nap can super boost your productivity, read more about this in our other article here. The homesky Inflatable Pillow is a head travel pillow that provides great neck support and allows people to sleep facing forward for greater comfort.
homesky Inflatable Pillow, $11.99
6. Stood Laptop Stand (made of wood)
A great travel companion (and easy to move around), it works with all laptops under two centimeters thick. It’s also eco-friendly.
Stood Laptop Stand, $29
7. Artifox Magnetic Organizing PEGS
Rare-earth magnets that still are strong enough whereby you could bookend/bracket an entire encyclopedia set. There are almost a myriad potential of combinations, so you can organize a good chunk of your office. They also come packaged in a solid wood container that can be turned into a pen/pencil cup.
Artifox Magnetic Organizing PEGS, $40
8. Patu Aluminum Alloy Rotating Desk Extension Pad Armrest
The main goal here is to reduce stress on eyes, shoulders, wrists, and neck areas. This product was especially designed for computer-heavy professions such as IT, designers, cubicle-based employees, and more. You can extend the range of motion and comfort level at every sitting position through using this, which comes off as a bit of a precursor to the robot arms increasingly soon to be normative.
Patu Aluminum Alloy Rotating Desk Extension Pad Armrest, $29.99
9. JmGO P2 Portable 3D Projector
It’s actually shaped like a water bottle (very cool), meaning you can hold it in one hand. It can provide five hours of continuous video play in energy saving mode (also 10 hours Bluetooth music). It’s suitable for work presentations, with a 1280 x 720 resolution and projection best up to 100 inches. It’s a fully rechargeable cinema for that next work pitch.
JmGO P2 Portable 3D Projector, $769.99
10. Magnetdabbles Dual-Tip Magnetic Gel Pens
Magnetdabbles have some of the same appeal as fidget spinners. They’re fun, well-designed, and consistently easy to find. You can pin them right to the refrigerator. Magnetdabbles are the only pens where you can have one image/logo/phrase across more than one pen for a full image which will be the talking point for many conversations and bring your event, business or organization great publicity.
Magnetdabbles Dual-Tip Magnetic Gel Pen on Kickstarter
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