It is no secret that the global pandemic has made work from home the new normal. While earlier only 13% of Australians worked from home, the unexpected lockdown ushered in a new necessity of reimagining how and where from work gets done, and the buck stopped at working from home full time with over 79% people doing so in the current market.
What used to be a dream scenario for many has quickly run its course and is slowly dying a natural death because as many as 54% of Australians wish to get back to their offices rather than working 365 days from home. Why would that be? Well, unlike what people imagined work from home to be, it is a lot more inconvenient than we’d like. While it seems like an achievable feat when it is just one or two days in question, it certainly becomes a lot more difficult to think of it as the new normal.
There are three basic things that most Australians admitted to missing their office workspace for:
- Social Interaction
- Lack of Distractions
But, as luck would have it, the Corona Virus seems to love living amongst us and is continuing to mutate to stay here for a while, working from home seems to be the only viable option in our foreseeable future.
This is why; we have curated some of the top tips in order to ensure that you can create the perfect home office for yourself which would not only increase your productivity but also ensure that you don’t going back to your office as much.
So, without any further ado, let us get right down to it.
Imagine The Space
The first and foremost thing that you must do before you even start putting the place together is to imagine what the space you want to be like. While at your office, the entire office interior design, the design, the infrastructure is made to cater to the tastes and preferences of the office owner or the company owner, this is your chance to reimagine what your work space can be like.
Think of the main factors responsible to fuel your passion for what. What gets you out of bed to do your job? Are there any changes that you would like in the way you sit down for work to increase your productivity? Once you have answered these questions, you will realize that your idea of a perfect home office can be very different from someone else’s.
You may be a stickler for structure and require a full fledged are assigned to spend your working hours, or, you could enjoy working from any surface that isn’t occupied, even the ironing board! It is important to identify what clicks for you.
In our experience, there are three factors that one must consider while setting up their home office space:
- Lighting and Ambience
Let us evaluate each one of these points one by one so that we can help you install the perfect home office for yourself!
A. Lighting And Ambience
We are not machines. We cannot be programmed with a string of code to perform tasks just about anywhere. Studies indicate that the role played by natural lighting, temperature, and the overall vibe of a space is directly proportional to output.
Nonetheless, as mentioned above, what works for you can be very unique. While for most people, having an abundance of natural light and probably a window near their workspace helps, it is possible that you prefer something more, confined and solitary to bring out the best for you. So, instead of blindly believing generic ideas and suggestions, before you install a permanent work space at your home, make sure that you test out two or three of your favorite spots and then only select the one that you feel most comfortable with.
Now, it is also important to remember that Australia is a huge country and therefore has multiple climate zones. When you research the internet for setting up office ideas, make sure that the ideas are in line with the regional requirements. For example, it would not make sense for you to place your gadgets and computers in front of a glass window in Wyndham or Marble Bar because the temperatures can be so high and can disrupt your devices.
Our bodies are not meant to be sitting on a chair staring at a screen all day or even answering calls with a cell phone wedged between the shoulder and ear. Now, because of our lifestyles and work, we are forced to do things which might not be the natural for the shape and dynamics of the human body. What’s more, typically, our work would require for us to stay in the same position in front of laptops and tablets for hours on end.
This is why; when you are setting up your office ensure that you invest in the right kind of chairs, tables and laptop and device stands if needed. Please understand that if it is painful for you to sit for work, you would not want to do it anyway. This is why; it is important to ensure that when you sit for work, your lumbar is supported and you don’t have to suffer any aches and pains later.
When you work at a corporate set up, they mostly cater for everything that you might need. However, when it comes to setting up your own space you often try to cut corners. We’d try to make do with a single laptop rather than getting an additional keyboard or a mouse. Try to invest in the little things that can contribute to increasing your efficiency. This will in turn ensure that you don’t have to sit for long hours. What we mean is that by investing in a couple of additional devices and gadgets you can make sure that instead of spending 7 hours doing something, you can reduce your work time by say, an hour or more.
On the whole, setting up a work space can be the difference between increasing your productivity and enjoying your work from home tenure, or making it languishingly painful. While setting up your workspace, it is important to be mindful of a few other factors as well:
A. How secluded do you want the space to be?
B. What kind of materials would work best in that region within Australia?
C. How many people frequent that space on a given day?
D. What is the area that you want to dedicate towards it?
E. How important are aesthetics to you?
F. Would you prefer to have multiple functions for your workspace?
Setting up your Office Space is an opportunity to reimagine yourself in an independent work force that has his or her own environment of being productive. Ensure that you make your work space welcoming, comfortable and efficient to be able to deliver more while continuing to work from home.