The Don’ts of Home Office Design
Due to the rapid spread of the Coronavirus and significant changes to immediate daily life, businesses have to adapt quickly. Almost all offices are now requiring staff to work from their homes where possible. Some workers are finding this change commonplace because they work from home regularly, travel for work frequently, or they already have a personal home office they use. Others, however, are having some challenges to address in getting their home offices set up. Regardless, those in both situations are having to adapt quickly to maintain productivity.
Those who aren’t in the practice of working from home may think it’s simple to adjust but for everyone, there are some real considerations that will have to get attention. It can be a gradual process to get everything set up for the best productivity in your home office.
Don’t set up your home office space in your living room.
While it might seem comfortable to set up an office on your couch or even have your desk set up in the living room, for productivity and practicality that will never do in the longer term. It’s best practice to always have a home office space that is separate from your living space. This will help to reduce noise and distractions and promote productivity. Designing an office that is intentionally separated and free from distractions will also help you focus.
Don’t ignore the importance of quality home office furniture.
Office design has to include functional, comfortable furniture. An ergonomic home office furniture setup is crucial to staying healthy and avoiding aches and pains or longer-term injury. Pay close attention to your home office chair to ensure it is adjusted for the best posture and most comfort. With so many choices in home office furniture, it can seem daunting to select the best fit. There are home office furniture bundles available that can quickly help to spearhead the setup by taking care of the main component.
Don’t underestimate the technology tools available from a home office.
Thinking back even just 10 years ago, communication and technology tools were much different. Every successful business adapts its practices as technology changes and according to the challenges at hand. When working from a home office, communication tools become imperative move forward. Many are starting to use digital tools like Slack, projects can help with communication for business projects and photo sharing. Others use project management systems and video chat with screen sharing tools like Zoom. There are so many great technology options available, to ease the workload, organization, and communication necessary to get the job done.
Don’t lose touch with your colleagues while working from your home office.
Designing a home office that supports strong, clear communication is very important while social distancing. When working from your home office, always touch base with your colleagues to ensure everyone is on task and that no work is being overlapped or neglected. Having your office designed to meet those needs will ease the process. This correlates with the digital tools used, but also deals with the placement of equipment and an adaptive mindset. Start using tools like Voxer to keep the communication alive throughout the day. Different teams will collaborate in different ways but having a home office setup that is set up for communication will improve everyone’s experience. For those who have to set up a home office as they look for work, remember that your network is one of your biggest resources. Communication is the key to success and overcoming obstacles.
Don’t forget to clean your home office regularly.
Design a home office with cleanliness in mind which should always be at the forefront of your mind. Get rid of paper waste and avoid unnecessary clutter than can collect dust. What was the last thing you touched? Did you thoroughly wash your hands recently? Always be sure to disinfect your home office desk and other surfaces every day. Pay special attention to items you touch more like your computer mouse, cell phone, and light switches. If you’re not sure where to start check out a home office cleaning checklist. Maintaining health has everything to do with being clean so get the products you need and make regular cleaning a habit.
President/CEO at Collaborative Office Interiors
Collaborative Office Interiors is a complete office furniture and systems provider in the Houston, Austin and San Antonio area. COI specializes in providing high quality/low-cost solutions to companies that are moving, upgrading or expanding.
John opened ROSI Office Systems in 1993 and the company today is on Inc. Magazines’ Top 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in 2018. John specializes in new office furniture, space planning, new workstations, Work Fit products, remanufactured Haworth cubicles, asset management, furniture liquidation, and office furniture rentals.