The outbreak of COVID-19 has pushed many companies to operate remotely, having their employees working from home. For many employees, remote work is a whole new concept and most of them did not have the time to adapt and prepare for this new reality. The lack of preparation might cause anxiety and stress to rise as employees do not have a proper working space.
We have put together six tips that will help you create a home office that works for you.
1. Choosing a space
Chances are that if you are working from home due to COVID-19, you will have your whole family around. Therefore, you are likely to get distracted. Try to identify a space that is not constantly being used, such as a guest room. In case more family members are working or studying from home, you might want to choose a common “free of distraction” area that could serve as a shared working space.
2. Get what you need
More often than not, people overlook or just take for granted the objects we use every day. Most employees working at their company’s office do not have to worry about buying paper for the printer, getting the right plug for the computer, or choosing the best type of pens. Most companies have a department or team that makes sure everybody has what they need to work. However, when you are working from home, you need to plan and get all the things that you will need to work comfortably and efficiently.
3. Pay attention to ergonomics
Do not just jump and buy the first desk and chair you see in the stores (or online). Take a moment to learn about the importance of ergonomics and all the benefits it has to offer. In previous articles, we have mentioned the benefits of height-adjustable desks. Take a look at our Compact™ Gas Spring that is perfect for a home office because of its size. When choosing a chair, make sure that the chair is comfortable, has the right height, and with proper back and arm support; our Zusana™ Chair meets all these characteristics. At ERGOBONF, it is our mission to offer office furniture adapted to you.
Proper lighting is a crucial factor to boost productivity and to reduce eye strain. When setting up a home office, you can choose where your office is located to optimize light levels and natural light. Locating your office next to a window is a great strategy to enhance productivity with daylight. If you have to choose artificial lighting, a LED light that allows you to control color temperature settings let you select the best lighting depending on the task. Warm color temperatures give a sense of calm, while cool color ones enhance productivity.
5. Keep it clutter-free
Sometimes, less is more. Having a space full of things is very distracting and certainly reduces efficiency. Keep on your desk only the items that you need to use daily and keep them organized. Store by category all the non-essential items, and next time you need them, you will be able to find them easily.
Take a look at these tips that will help you keep your workspace free of clutter. You will work better.
6. Add color
Different colors promote different benefits. It does not mean that you must repaint your home office to get these benefits. You can easily add color by; hanging art pieces, having house plants, using colorful furniture, and so on. In our next article, we will show you which colors you should use to boost creativity and productivity.
We hope these tips helped you in this new journey of working from home. Remember that the most important thing is to have a working space adapted to you and not all the way around.
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