Companies all over the world are leveraging a work-from-home model for a good portion of their staff. Many are only requiring employees to come to the office part-time, once every so often, or not at all in some cases. Even though world events forced a lot of these companies to adopt this option, more and more are realizing that there are benefits they weren’t aware of.
This means that they’re planning on having at least a portion of their workforce continue to work from home for the foreseeable future.
Whether this is your first time working from home or you’re just looking for ideas to decorate your home office, we’ve got some tips that will help ensure that you’re ready for work and looking your best.
1. Grab Semi-Prime Real Estate
You’re going to be spending a lot of time in this work area so it’s important that you select a good spot. If you’ll be involved in a lot of video conferences or clients will actually be stopping by, you’ll need a private space. If you don’t have a designated room as an office, consider taking over part of a guest room.
If neither of those is an option, the first thing you’ll have to consider is the traffic flow in the home and who all will be there during work hours. If the kids are home, you may not want to set up in the living room. If you don’t work well with distractions, you might consider noise-canceling headphones or setting up a private space in your bedroom.You should also try to position your desk near a window. Not only will this give you natural lighting and fresh air, but it will also give you something other than a wall to look at when not staring at your computer screen.
Just keep the above in mind along with your personal comfort and your home office will have a strong foundation to start with.
2. Avoid Busy Backgrounds
For a lot of people, working from home means having video conferences once a week or multiple times a day. If that’s the case for you, having your back to an open room is generally considered a no-no. Anyone inadvertently walking through the room will be on camera and more often than not, distract you from your meeting. Not to mention attendees judging the cleanliness of your home and decoration choices.
It is considered a best practice to set up your workstation with your back to a wall or use a green screen, a nice partition, or other material to block out the background.
When you have a barrier behind you, it not only negates the issues mentioned above, but it also gives you a great spot for decorating. If you deal with a lot of C-Suite contacts, especially international ones, you should go with classy decorations like wall maps and maybe a couple of wall clocks set to the different time zones for your contacts.
3. Keep Your Workflow in Mind
Your immediate work area, including the desk, drawers, and any shelves, should be utilized in a manner that gives you everything you need right at your fingertips. With workflow in mind, the very next thing you need to invest in is an ergonomic office chair.
You’re going to be spending untold hours at your desk and it is imperative that you select a good chair. An ergonomically correct, comfortable seat can help prevent back pain and is generally considered to be worth every dime.
If you ignore all of the other tips today, this last one should be heeded if at all humanly possible.