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Creating a conducive work environment October 29, 2008

Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in Business practices, Random musings.

I woke up this morning to snow. It had been sleeting off and on all day yesterday, but I kept telling myself it was okay as long as the snow didn’t stick (that’s Ohio-speak for “accumulate on the ground and not melt away”). I had hoped it wouldn’t snow until after I had left for Florida, but I’m going to see this as the glass being half full and now say it will make me appreciate Florida all the more.

When the weather turns cold, I tend to nest in my apartment. My office isn’t heated (I converted a neat little storage room off my bedroom), but with the door to the bedroom open it tends to stay pretty comfortable. When it gets really cold I have a space heater that I can use. But most of the time I can work with just a sweater or sweatshirt, comfy bottoms, and warm, fuzzy socks and stay reasonably comfortable.

It is really important to have a work environment that is conducive to work, so I also usually light a candle in the winter to soothe me. I usually have a lavender candle going, but I unboxed my Halloween decorations yesterday and have a nice triple-layer candle from Root Candle (Pumpkin Spice, Mulled Cider and Citrus Grove) burning this morning. Also, in honor of the first day of snow, I broke out my last remaining can of Borders Pumpkin Chai. Borders discontinued its chai several years ago and I had been hording it, only making a couple mugs a month. I recently discovered that Borders Chai is/was Mystic Chai, so I found an online distributor and bought it in bulk to make it through the winter. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find any Pumpkin Chai, but their Vanilla Chai is wonderful too.

So I’m ready to tackle the day, with a candle burning and a steaming mug of Pumpkin Chai next to me. Hope your day is just as relaxing despite the fact that everyone is scrambling to get translation jobs completed before the ATA conference starts and the translation industry is down 2,000 translators.

P.S.: I just received a response from Mystic Chai to my e-mail this morning:

Thank you for your interest in our product. We are no longer producing the Mystic Pumpkin Chai. The two flavors we have available are the Spiced and Vanilla. Please let me know if you have any other questions.
Now we know.


1. Sarah Dillon - October 29, 2008

I have a serious fascination with other people’s work spaces and daily work routines, so I LOVE this post!
I’m also feeling homesick for the northern hemisphere seasons (I wonder is there a word for that?) so I really enjoyed reading what you do in winter to make your workplace inviting 🙂

2. Judy Jenner - October 30, 2008

I am with Sarah, fascinating to see how others (and friends!) work. Wow, though — no heating, girl? You are tough. That’s the equivalent of me working without air conditioning in Vegas, and that’s not possible. I still have the air conditioning on now. Amazing that you are able to work while it’s chilly — but looks like you have created a very cozy work environment! See you in sunny Florida (can’t be sunnier than Vegas, though).

3. Erin - December 8, 2008

I too am searching for the Borders Pumpkin Spice Chai. I tried the Mystic Pumpkin, but it was not the same. Border’s regular vanilla chai was made by Big Train Chai, but they have no pumpkin. Their gingerbread chai is not the same either. Let me know if you ever find it!

4. Girma - November 12, 2009

i need introduction, theory, practical aspect, gap analysis and recommendation notes of Condutive working environment

jillsommer - November 12, 2009

For me, creating a conducive work environment means NOT having any of those things. Ugh.

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