The culture of working from home is not new, especially in the US, where most people are used to working remotely. But still, some still believe they must wake up each morning to report to their workplace. How do you help such a person to change his or her mentality and start working from home?
First, you must show them how to create a home office. Now, creating a home office can be quite a struggle, especially if you live in a small house and have a large family. But this doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Below are some tips to help you set up a good home office.
Choose a dedicated workspace
The first step to creating the best home office is to find the best location. The choice of your location will depend on factors such as the size of your house and the usability of the space. Ideally, you should have a separate room that can accommodate a desk, chair, and computer equipment.
It will be helpful if the room has a door so that you can separate your personal life from your work life. If you don’t have an extra, you can create one, perhaps in a small corner in your living room, by adding some comfortable bean bags to create space.
Get a good chair
You need to invest in a good chair that is at the correct work height. The chair should encourage an upright posture needed to enable you to work comfortably. Unless you want to develop back problems, you should invest in an adjustable office chair that provides lumbar support for your lower back.
• Lumbar support
• Ergonomic office chair
• Avoiding dining or deck chairs
Add some lighting
Most remote employees always forget about adding some light to their home offices to increase visibility. Poor lighting makes you strain your eyes which could see you experience headaches. Take advantage of the natural light by placing your home office near a window. Alternatively, get a task lamp to provide extra lighting when you need it.
• Place curtains in windows to reduce glare
• Balance your monitor’s light
Tame the wires
Connecting your computer, monitor, keyboards, printer, and other electronic gadgets will require wires or cables. Get a wire management system to tame your wires and at least hold them together. Alternatively, you can invest in wireless gadgets like a wireless mouse, printers, keyboards, among others. Wi-Fi is also a sure bet to taming wires and cords in your home office.
Don’t forget about storage
You should have a place to keep your files, documents, or any office accessories not in use. You don’t want the place to look untidy, with files scattered everywhere. You may even use a small area in an existing shelving unit for storage of your office accessories. You can maximize storage options by thinking vertically.
Good internet service
You’ll need an internet connection to navigate the internet when working. Here you need to consider the speed and stability of the connection – you don’t want to spend an hour waiting for a page to load. You should get in touch with a high-speed internet provider to supply you with a stable internet connection.