We all have different ways that we like to work. Some folks find that clutter and chaos foster creativity. And, others can’t stand the slightest bit of mess in front of them (or behind them!) I am in the first camp. I find clutter a bit cozy, allowing me to feel comfortable sitting down and start to write. It is almost like a stimulant. But, this layout does not work for everyone. So, figuring out where to put a bulky PACS system in an office where you work is no small task. Your well-being depends on it.
Integrating our newfound large multi-monitor computers into the overall theme of our office did cause a bit of chaos. And for those of us with other family members in the same workspace, these systems can interfere with the room, taking over large swaths of workspace real estate and increasing the appearance of clutter even more. So, how do you make sure that the PACS does not dominate the room? And, how can finding a space for it allow the rest of the family to coexist in peace? Based on my experience, here are some tips to avoid family disputes over losing working real estate to a PACS.
Get A New Connection For A Better Workspace
Sometimes the connection to the internet can limit the options for arranging a workspace. I prefer a direct hookup of the PACS system to the ethernet rather than a wireless connection. The information just gets sent to the computer that much quicker. So, if you don’t have the correct arrangement of hookups in the office, you may not be able to place the PACS in the right spot. Well, there is a quick fix for that. Just get a new connection and put it wherever you want!
Put The System In An Unused Space Within The Office
Not every office has a ton of space. But, once in a while, a room may have an underutilized unique niche where that PACS system can go. Maybe it can cover up a blemish in the room or, even better, make the room look more like an office. Go ahead and fill that spot with the computer system. See how it fits. It just may make the office space feel like a great workspace.
Build A New Enclosure Within The Room For The PACS System
You may have the room for the PACS other times, but you may not have the appropriate spot to place it. You need a bit of creativity to reshape the room, add a desk, or build some cabinets around it to ensure that you can have the space you desire. Either hire the carpenter to create what you want or do the woodwork yourself. Either way, a new enclosure may be all that you need to make the workspace of your dreams.
Divide The Room
Perhaps, you may have no other option but to divide the room into two. One person wants their workspace without interruption, and the other can’t stand that eyesore called a PACS system. If you have the space to divide the room into two, go for it!
Find Another Room Altogether To Prevent Chaos
OK. Not everyone has space in the house to create another office dedicated to a PACS system. But, sometimes, finding that extra room is the only solution. You can’t put an entire PACS system on top of another family member’s workspace. It’s a great way to create a battle royale!
Removing The Chaos Of A New PACS!
For many folks, a bulky PACS system is a necessary evil. It is an eyesore. Yet, it is what allows us to improve our radiology work-life balance. So, before plunking it down somewhere random in a room, you should think about making it more appetizing for everyone. Whether it takes making a new connection, finding a new niche, building a spot for the PACS, dividing the room entirely, or moving somewhere out of the space completely, making space work for everyone is critical. Placing the PACS in the right spot should not be just an afterthought!