Space for work

How to create the perfect home office

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many employees were furloughed or worked from home. Research shows that the majority of workers would still like to continue to work from home at least some of the time[1].

As restrictions are lifted, organisations are considering how to return home workers to the office. Some are making a strategic decision to continue to allow either home working or a combination of home and office working (known as ‘hybrid working’).

What do you need it for?

When it comes to creating the perfect home office, there are a few key things to keep in mind. First, think about the purpose of your home office. What do you need it for? Consider whether you’re looking to set up a space for work or just want a place to organise your bills and files, and make sure you have a plan in place before you start designing.

Once you know what you need your home office for, think about the layout. How much space do you have to work with? If you’re tight on space, consider using a corner of your room or even setting up a desk in your bedroom. If you have more room, think about including a seating area or adding some shelves for storage.

  • 57% of employees expect to be in the office ten days or less each month[2]
  • 77% of people say they will embrace a flexible workstyle[2]

Working environment and space

There are many benefits to working from home. It goes without saying you can save money on your travel costs and you don’t have to worry about getting dressed up for work. You can also work at your own pace and take breaks when you need them. Additionally, you can spend more time with your family and friends. But how do you create the best working environment and space?

10 tips to create the perfect home office

  1. Invest in a comfortable chair and desk You’ll be spending a lot of time in your home office, so make sure you have furniture that is comfortable and ergonomic to eliminate discomfort and risk of injury.
  2. Get plenty of storage A home office can quickly become cluttered if you don’t have enough storage space for all of your files and supplies.
  3. Choose a quiet location If possible, choose a room in your home that is away from the main living area to minimise distractions.
  4. Make sure you have good lighting Proper lighting is important for both your productivity and your eye health.
  5. Keep it organised A tidy home office will help you stay focused and productive. Invest in some organisation solutions, such as filing cabinets, shelves and desk organisers, to keep your office neat and organised.
  6. Set boundaries Let your family and friends know that you need some privacy when working in your home office, and put up a sign or door hanger to let them know when you’re busy.
  7. Take breaks It’s important to take regular breaks during your work day, even if you have a home office. Get up and walk around or take a quick break to stretch your muscles.
  8. Stay motivated One of the biggest challenges of working from home is staying motivated. Make sure you have some goals set for yourself and find ways to reward yourself for meeting them.
  9. Stick to a schedule Having a set work schedule will help you stay on track and be more productive.
  10. Invest in some home office essentials In order to make your home office as effective as possible, there are some essential items you’ll need, such as a reliable computer, printer and comfortable chair.

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