In the age of remote and hybrid working, having the right home office facilities is key to maximising your productivity throughout the week. Long gone should be the days of hunching over the dining table or working from the sofa, as some were forced to during the early stages of the pandemic.
Now, with your ambitions and responsibilities at work, you deserve to design your dream home office to achieve optimal comfort and productivity. Here’s how to do just that.
The right room
There may be an obvious candidate when it comes to selecting a room for an office at home – most only have a spare bedroom to consider. But, if you’ve got the luxury of choice, choosing the right space is important.
You’ll likely need a balance of privacy, natural light, space and separation from the rest of your home to get the conditions just right. Consider which room gives you the environment needed to excel, whether you need a space to maximise creativity, focus, organisation or a professional background for video calls.
Your comfort should be a priority in any office space, so it’s crucial to get ergonomics right. Ensuring you have a healthy posture can be done with a supportive chair, proper desk and raised monitors to ensure you’re not looking down all day.
Poor posture will increase the likelihood of you developing back, neck and shoulder pain, all of which are no fun at all. Some prefer to use standing desks, which are said to alleviate many of the issues with desk work. Could you benefit from one at home?
Plenty of natural light is ideal to ensure you’re not sitting in a dark, dingy office space, especially during the winter months. The right lighting can help to maintain focus and productivity and usually has significant effects on motivation, energy and regulating your sleep cycles.
If natural light isn’t in abundance, artificial lighting can be a design choice as well as a functional addition. An extravagant table lamp could help you set the tone for your office space, or a large standing lamp could ensure every corner is illuminated.
The right tech
Having the right tech setup is a fundamental aspect of a home office. You need to have the hardware, broadband connection and accessories to ensure you can connect with work throughout the day.
Your employer may provide certain elements, but it’s always worth kitting out your space with your own furniture and equipment too. What elements could you include in your home office?