How To Have An Amazing Work From Home Experience
Our lives are now deeply entwined with the internet, and over the years, many people have tried to make “working from home” sound like a good idea to their bosses. Companies were hesitant at first, but when a global pandemic forced many offices to give it a try, the results were astounding. It turns out, workers are just as productive, if not more so, after adapting to working from home. Many teams have flourished, and a new wave of telecommuting technology has cropped up.
There is a good chance that working from home will be a benefit companies continue to offer even after the pandemic is over.
Some of the benefits for the companies:
- They don’t need to pay the rent for the offices or are able to reduce the amount of monthly rent
- Their utility costs for the offices like power, water and air conditioning bills can be cut
- The cost to provide the workers in order to keep the good environment in the office, for example coffee makers, water servers and even utensil costs can be reduced.
If you are looking at maximizing your office space and work time while working from home, check out the following tips.
Make Yourself An Office, Preferably With A Door
If you have a spouse or children who are also home during the day, it can be hard but you’ll still need to find a way to minimize distractions while working. If you are on work calls or Zoom meetings, you’ll want to have your own quiet space. If possible, your home office should have a door to block out noise and let your family know that you are working so they won’t distract you for a little while so that you can finish the job.
Add Plenty Of Light
Since companies are not the ones to keep your home office environment comfortable, you can try some ideas yourself to make it better for you to work efficiently. Because you don’t commute to work and may stay home a lot longer than before, you should get plenty of lights in the office space so it makes less possibilities to feel depressed by working alone without your co-workers being there. Sometimes coworkers can encourage each other and be your motivation but you don’t have them with you in the same office so you can get some good light in the office and maintain your good mental health.
Make Some Ergonomic Adjustments For Comfort
If you started working from home recently and noticed more back and neck pain, it isn’t just in your head. Most offices are designed with ergonomics in mind. Ergonomics is the study of efficiency in their workspace and reduces physical pains. Here are a few quick ergonomically correct home office tips:
- Elevate your screen; this will improve your posture.
- Make sure you have a good quality chair to support your back. Adjust it to the right height for your body.
- Get up and walk around to avoid sitting in the same spot for hours on end. This will increase circulation and allow you to stretch.
Get The Right Equipment
High-speed internet is a must-have if you’ll be working from home. Make sure you have fast internet and invest in a new modem or wifi setup if needed. If your company doesn’t already provide one, you’ll also need a working laptop. Even if you could work on the phone, it’s more efficient to work on the computer. Optional things that will help make working from home more comfortable include:
- Office supplies.
- A trash can.
- A paper shredder.
- A color printer (one that scans would also be a bonus).
- Headphones or a microphone if you have a lot of virtual meetings.
- Lots of lighting.
Set A Hard Start And End Time To Your Day
One of the potential pitfalls of working from home is that it’s easy to work late or continue to work all night by checking e-mails. To avoid burnout, you should have a clear start and end to your day. If it is hard to do your scheduling, you can purchase a daily planner or even get a planner app on your device and try following it. It would work also as a reminder of what needed to be done and what and when you have done each task. Avoid going back into your office at night after-hours. This is your time for relaxation and family.
Implementing these simple steps will make working from home much easier. The more successful you are working from home, the more benefit you will get from it. Think of all the hours of time you can reclaim by no longer having a commute to the office and more things you can get done for the house as well.