So you're working from home now......congrats! Whether you've always been there, or if recent pandemic changes to the way we work pushed you further into your nest, you've likely realized the importance of having an adequate workspace to ensure efficient and ongoing work that meets your employer's expectations.
What does the ultimate home office look like?
The best home office environments are convenient, comfortable, and private. You must be productive, but that doesn't mean you need to shell out the greater part of a paycheck to do it. Working from home is here to stay, and both you and your employer will benefit if you remain proactive and thoughtful about how you design your workspace.
Some of the benefits of working from home include:
- Less commuting time
- More control over your environment
- The ability to work flexible hours if needed
- More efficiency and productivity in a comfortable environment.
As you think about what you want to put in your optimal workspace, consider the following tools to help your workday flow a bit smoother:
1. Air purifier
Small, enclosed spaces can be stifling and downright dirty at times. Since you'll be spending plenty of time in your new office, This Electric Home suggested you consider adding an air purifier to your office atmosphere. Not only will it keep your equipment cleaner, it will allow you to stay more alert and think more clearly; your body and mind will thank you.
2. Quality desk
Whether you're Mike Brady or Phil Dunphy, giving some thought to this essential piece of equipment will set the tone for your work experience. How much money do you have to spend? Do you want space to get up and move around from time to time? Does your furniture choice have a theme, or are you looking for eclectic pieces, ones that you can purchase on a budget? Regardless of your situation, thoughtful choice and purchase of a desk will make or break your work day. Go shopping, try some out, and have fun.
3. Ergonomic chair
You're likely to spend hours in your chair, so you will want to get one that doesn't wreak havoc on your body. Office ergonomics are vital to a healthy work place; pick a chair that is height adjustable and has a lumbar cushion. Best options might include rolling castors so you can easily adjust your position in the room, as well as a reclining feature so you can stretch stiff muscles from time to time. Tired of sitting? Consider a standing desk with an attached treadmill for those long zoom meetings your boss will have you join.
4. Two monitors
The best office set ups have two monitors, and for good reason. Dual monitors allow you to run more applications simultaneously; one screen keeps a primary program in view, while a second runs additional software to keep communication open between clients and coworkers. Place the monitors side by side to avoid neck and eye strain, and make sure everything is comfortably placed within arm's reach.
5. Wireless printer
Working without a printer is just plain silly; so is employing a printer that has to be connected via a HDMI cable. Wirless is the name of the game; this way your printer can serve several electronic devices at the same time. Choose a printer based on your volume needs, and make sure it is compatible with the software and hardware that you already own.
6. High speed internet
The new wireless standard for home office work is a 5G wireless network. This is set to be nearly 70 times faster than our traditional 4G networks. A WiFi booster or hotspot might not be a bad idea for cloudy/rainy days, either....your work waits for no one, not even Mother Nature. Budget this cost into your work plan, and see if your employer will fit the bill for your monthly use.
7. Beautiful accents
No one likes a boring office space. If your budget allows, spruce your space up with some lush green plants, a nice area rug, and a fresh coat of pain and some artwork on the walls. Personalizing your space makes it more comfortable, and you'll find yourself looking forward to the time when you can sink into your beautiful new surroundings and prepare to take over the world.
A little inspiration, some thoughtful planning, and carefully chosen appointments will make your home office every bit as beautiful and efficient as a commercial space. Get creative, start shopping, and be excited about what is to come out of your new creation.