There are, undeniably, a plethora of benefits to working from home, regardless of the industry in which the company you work for operates, but to ensure you are comfortable in your home office, there are several key considerations for you to think about.
So, whether you have been working from home for some time and are looking to improve the space, or else have just taken on a new or adapted role which is based at home, then you have certainly clicked on the right article.
Here is how to create an ideal working-from-home environment.
Avoid Being Too Minimal
The most vital thing to remember when either revamping or indeed, creating, your home office environment is to not be so clutter-free that the space lacks any personality or color whatsoever.
If you do take minimalism too far, then you will run the risk of demotivating yourself and starting to dread starting work each morning. You could even get to the point when you can no longer cope working from home and have to start applying for a new job.
Instead, bring in some fresh foliage for the windowsill, let in enough light whereby you can still see your computer screen, yet do not feel as if you are in a jail cell and experiment with different oil burners, wax melts and candles.
Separate Your Office from the Rest of the House
Even though you do not want to feel entirely isolated and ignored by the rest of your family, it is certainly true to say that, for the most part, aside from lunch breaks, you should act as if you are ‘at work’.
Keep your office space separate from the rest of the house and if space permits, you should make your study off-limits during working hours for anyone other than you. If you are one of the lucky few who is perfectly capable and content to work with noise, then a radio or even a television in the background can provide a bit of atmosphere whilst you work.
If you live alone, consider investing in an affordable and effective smart wireless thermostat, which can be used to control the temperature of the room both while you are inside and also when you are heading back after lunch.
Once you have created a working-from-home space which is filled with natural light and some personal photos and other bits of décor, not to mention treating yourself to a new set of pens and paper, it is then time to turn your attention to the fundamentals.
Essentially, you will need an ergonomic office chair, a desk and a computer monitor (unless you are one of those rare people who work without technology) and each one needs to be considered carefully. Ensure that your chair provides the right level and kind of support for your back, neck, arms, and wrists and that your desk is at the correct height whereby you are not leaning too far downwards or upwards when you type or write.