Working from home has become the new norm for many office workers since the arrival of COVID-19. Some companies and employees now realise there is not a requirement to be in the office full time and are enjoying the additional time saved from the lack of commute. Homes are no longer just for eating, sleeping and socialising as they adapt to workplaces too.
The first way to make this shift is to create a dedicated working space to help switch from home mode to work mode. Set up a home office in the second bedroom or another unused space. Those living in a studio or a one-bedroom unit can create this space in the living area.
If space is on your side, purchase a desk and chair to set up a workstation, but where space is limited, it is possible to set up a workstation at the dining table or the sofa. Regardless of the chosen dedicated workspace ensure the area is clear of personal belonging to help minimise distractions for productive and efficient working.
Employee comfort is prioritised when setting up an office. Tables, desks and chairs are flexible, changing in height to suit the user to enhance productivity. Sitting at a computer all day can take its toll physically, therefore play around with different options until you feel comfortable including the position of the keyboard, mouse and screen. The incorrect height can lead to pain and repetitive strain injury.
Desk sufferers as a result of sitting at a desk for too long should opt for a desk that changes in height. Sitting in the same position is the prime catalyst for office-related injuries, and it is recommended to move positions every 20 to 30 minutes to relieve this. Some office workers alternate between seated and standing positions too.
Ensure the chosen work spot has adequate lighting and access to Internet connections. If a few working options are available, try working in each to ascertain the most comfortable that should also be the most productive.
Lastly, much like being in an office set dedicated work times and be disciplined to help create the separation between home and work life. Some might find that starting early in the day suits them better while others prefer working into the evening. Take adequate breaks, get up to stretch legs and break the day for daily exercise if that fits with your schedule.
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