Over recent years with the advancement of technology, the number of people who work remotely is continuously rising. However, with the recent spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the importance of social distancing, across the country many companies are temporarily closing and transitioning their employees to work from home.
While the idea of working from the comfort of their own homes sounds great to some, others might be stressed about creating a home office that supports their long hours of productivity and focus.
Is Your Home Office Ready?
Before you can simply jump into working from home, you need to create a “home office.” Because of varying resources and house sizes, this will look different for different people, but it is important to have a space for work that is separate from where you spend the rest of your casual time.
For example, you may find yourself more productive while sitting at a desk than trying to do the same work from your bed. Our bodies are wired to recognize which places are meant for relaxation versus where we need to be engaged and focused. If you don’t have a separate room with a desk, consider how to make a space at a counter or kitchen table that is dedicated to work.
When creating your at-home work setup, acknowledge different factors like how to stay organized, lighting, and comfort. You’ll need to be able to juggle multiple resources, such as technology, papers, books, etc., so clearing out drawers, adding shelves, or bringing in a separate file organizer are key ways to make sure your space is kept clean so you can stay focused. Adding a chair that supports long hours of sitting or having the ability to stand as you work are vital, as well as natural lighting and ways to minimize a glare on your computer screen.
Compare the Environments
Are there needs that you have at your home office that aren’t being filled? What are things you like about your home office that you don’t have at work?
Comparing and contrasting the reasons that you like or dislike these different environments can help you have critical conversations with management and determine how to improve both places.
For example, after having more flexibility at home, you might determine a height-adjustable desk at work would be beneficial – helping with potential lower back pain and increasing your ability to stay focused throughout the day. Whether it is the personalization, comfort, lighting, or noise levels, you might find yourself drawn to one space more than the other.
Need a Manufacturing Partner?
Are you looking to improve your office spaces but unsure of how to get started? Once you determine a problem, you’ll need an innovative, creative, and reliable team to get you to the finish line on budget and within deadline.
At OMT-Veyhl, we are committed to you – creating high-quality, low-cost products that meet your unique needs.
Give us a call today to learn more about OMT-Veyhl’s design and production capabilities, and how we can be the partner that empowers you.