Revamping your home office doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. All it takes is to thoughtful planning with an emphasis on functionality without sacrificing a personal touch.
When COVID-19 forced companies all over the world to send their employees home to work virtually, remote work had its moment under the spotlight. But after everyone settled in, companies got to understand what remote work means and that employees could be just as productive-, if not even more.
- Benefits of Working From Home
We’ve known that remote work has a lot of benefits for employers, employees, the economy, and the planet even before COVID-19 started its relentless march across the globe.
Better work-life balance
Remote jobs often come with a more flexible schedule. Just the freedom of starting your day as you choose can make a big difference in your productivity. Flexible workers tend to be happier and more loyal to their companies.
The time you save from going to and back from work every day can quickly add up and allow you to get extra sleep in the morning, get a workout, eat a healthy breakfast, etc. Longer commutes are also related with increased stress levels that contribute to higher cholesterol levels, elevated blood sugar and increased risk of depression.
Remote work allows us to live in the countryside which is much cheaper and healthier than living in urban cities. Although a full digital nomad lifestyle is currently on pause with closed borders, it’s still a perk knowing you can have a meaningful career no matter where you are. It also allows companies to embrace all kinds of talent by hiring people from different socioeconomic, geographic, and cultural backgrounds and with different perspectives.
Both companies and employees can save a lot of money through remote work.
People who work from home half time can save around $4,000 per year from gas, car maintenance, transportation, parking fees, a professional wardrobe, lunches bought out, etc. Companies benefit too as a typical company can save around $11,000 per year for every employee who works from home at least some of the time. This economic benefit became obvious during the pandemic as U.S. employers started saving over $30 billion per day by allowing employees to work from home.
Positive impact on the environment
We all saw that nature blossomed as governments kept people inside their homes in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.
A personalized office
Whether you simply want a more ergonomic chair or you have health issues that require specialized office equipment, you get to tailor every meter square of your working space.
Increased productivity and better performance
Working from home usually means fewer interruptions, less office politics, less noise and less or more efficient meetings.
- Tips To Be Successful When Working From Home
Working from home can be either overwhelming or rewarding. It greatly depends on how you design it.
Aim for functional simplicity that will also capture your spirit. Design your home office in such a way to help yourself stay focused and productive. Plants don’t only bring nature indoors, they can actually make you a better and happier worker. Use the power of colors as recent studies show that blue is the perfect color for increasing focus and boosting productivity. Let in the natural light as much as you can as it is known to reduce anxiety and keep depression at bay while lowering your Pepco utility cost. Bad lighting kills productivity so whenever natural light isn’t available, use blue-enriched lights or add focus lights like a desk lamp. Just LED or energy-efficient bulbs to make your home office space as energy-efficient as possible, your wallet and the planet will thank you. Functionality aside, include one special item that brings you joy for those moments when you could benefit from a little loving push.
The distractions are the most difficult part of working from your home office if you have children, pets, or a spouse who is also working from home. Even if you live alone, there’s Netflix or your fridge calling you for a visit. Declutter to clear your mind and only have work-related objects around you. Invest in soundproofing and just separate your working area from the rest of your home. You should also establish some ground rules with your household members to avoid interruptions.
With just a little thoughtful planning, you can turn working from home into a rewarding experience rather than a challenging one. You don’t need to spend a fortune to make your home office a place you actually enjoy spending time at, while still being super functional.