How to create the ideal working from home workstation
It’s become a ‘new normal’ over the past two years: working from home, or the hybrid arrangement combining office-based and remote employment.
The latest COVID wave and this week’s move into the high caseload threshold has the community literally living on tenterhooks, bracing for another possible lockdown, further restrictions or, at the very least, a phase of isolation to help contain the spread of the virus.
So, how do we make sure our home workspace up to spec so we can seamlessly conduct our jobs from home?
A lot depends on the design and size of your home as well as your family set-up, but here are a few factors to consider when setting up the perfect WFH workstation.
The nuts and bolts
You wouldn’t expect a mechanic to work on your car without the right tools, so give yourself the best chance of working effectively from home with the right equipment.
Creating a workable physical environment is incredibly important so choose the right desk, a supportive chair and computer monitors that will make it comfortable for you to do your job from the comfort of your own home.
Adequate technology is also imperative so opt for a good computer or laptop as well as a room that has good lighting and reliable internet access.
An element of privacy is important to achieving a successful WFH space. (Yes, we can hear all the parents and busy households with children laughing from here!)
Working from home has become accepted practice over the past two years. Gone are the days of parents feeling the need to hide in a quiet cupboard to make a work phone call without the “unprofessional” child noise in the background. Most people are more accepting about the juggle between our personal and professional lives, but having a private and dedicated space will help you to be as productive as possible when working from home.
We understand that privacy can sometimes be an elusive luxury amid the child chaos and household hullabaloo, but having some privacy in your WFH set-up will give you the mental band with to keep your mind on the job.
Now more than ever, we appreciate the benefits of having clear separation between our lifestyle spaces and where we work – even if they’re the same place.
So, that means being smart when it comes to the design of our homes. Many have dedicated studies and offices, but often families that work from home have to ‘make do’ with the spaces they have so being agile is key.
Working from the kitchen table is inconvenient and can be uncomfortable, so consider adaptable multi-purpose furniture that could be used for different purposes or folded away out of sight when it’s not in use.
Alternatively, do you have an unused space that could serve as a good study nook? Or could you consider a moveable wall to create a more private and functional workstation?
Thinking outside the square may make working from home more workable.