As a result of recent work from home guidelines, many companies have adopted a new attitude towards hybrid working. A significant proportion of UK employees who were office-based only, are now being offered the flexibility of hybrid working, which is quickly becoming the norm.
Splitting your working hours between your home and the office has many benefits, but, as always, there are pitfalls to dodge as we adapt to this new way of working. So, in this blog, we’re sharing a few ideas to ensure your productivity isn’t compromised and that you remain as efficient in your home office as you are in your workplace…
Ergonomic and Functional
Ideally an office environment is designed in a way which will maximise productivity whilst minimising the risk of injury. When your home becomes your workplace, certain adaptations need to be made to ensure you are safe and comfortable during working hours. First and foremost, you should give your choice of chair your full attention. Poor posture can lead to all manner of health issues, so make sure you have a chair which fully supports your back. The height of your desk should also be considered. When looking at your screen, your head and neck should be vertical to each other. This is why office desks tend to be higher than kitchen or dining room tables. If you use a laptop, consider investing in a laptop riser and pair with an external keyboard.
Setting the Schedule
It can be difficult to keep track of tasks and responsibilities when your location changes regularly. To ensure objectives are met, make a weekly schedule based around where you will be working each day. Look at tasks that you need to achieve across the week and work out which would be more effectively done from each location. Access to required resources may also play a factor in how you plan out your week. Be sure to check in advance to avoid any inconveniences and time-wasting!
Workstations are for Working
Although terribly easy to break your usual workplace standards when you are working from home, it can be detrimental to organisation and productivity. Remember that your workspace at home is for work purposes only, so treat it as you would your desk in the office. Keep work surfaces clean and free from clutter. Desk tidies and box files will help to an extent, but if you have lots of equipment or paperwork, investing in sufficient storage is a must. Fitted furniture with an inbuilt workstation and filing cabinets will improve the functionality of your home office.
Organisation is Key!
To do your job efficiently and effectively, we’ve already touched on organising the relevant resources. To ensure scheduled tasks can be carried out, the required resources must be organised. Part of that routine will be to ensure your own equipment and devices are accessible and ready for use. Charge your phone, laptop or tablet before the working day begins and keep a spare charger or power bank with you. If there are computer files which you use regularly, transfer them onto a USB stick or create a sharing drive online.
Working between two locations can potentially make the end of the working day as much of a rigmarole as its beginning. To avoid unnecessary delays, seek ways of simplifying your end of day routine. You may find that you are carting items back and forth unnecessarily, so re-evaluate what you need for each location. Have a suitably roomy and organised work bag ready and waiting to be packed with essentials for a quick and easy departure.
At Hartleys we specialise in creating work from home environments which are specific to the way you work, thus making it easier for you to focus and stay motivated. Whether you have the space for a dedicated home-study, or if you need a multi-purpose room in which to incorporate your workstation, our fitted furniture designs will maximise the space you have. Furthermore, creating the right type of storage will ensure a comfortable and productive wfh area. Call our design team on 01756 700471 or contact us via our website to request a design visit in the comfort of your own home.