How do I build the perfect home office?
With over half of the UK workforce reported to be working remotely by 2020 according to Small Buisiness, as well as reports highlighting that currently over 1.5 million people are now working from home, it’s become more important than ever to create that perfect `home office`.
Working from home offers that great work life balance, with the benefits for both employers and employees being detailed by numerous organisations and HR professionals around the UK.
Building the perfect home office and getting the setup right is crucial in order for it to actually work. Work for you and your productivity.
It can be all of the little things when working from home that really have an impact on how motivated you are and in return how productive you then become.
Finding your inspiration
First of all, there is a little bit more to setting up the perfect home office than simply putting a desk in a room! Yes, this is a big part of it but it’s also important that once you’ve identified where your home office will be to make your space fun, interesting and separate from the rest of the house!
Making things noticeably different, immediately distinguishes your work space from the rest of the house. Helping you to make the switch between work and home, as well as providing others with a clear understanding that this zone is your work space/office.
No one wants to sit and stare at four walls, but we also don’t want to be walking around our home looking for inspiration (procrastinating) as this is where work levels can dip. So consider using bright colours on walls which can help stimulate imagination as well as using calming and reflective colours such as greens and blues, depending on you and your personality type. If you are interested in finding out more about the psychology of colours you can find out more HERE.
Making the best use of space
Think about where your phone lines need to be, what about the folders you need on a regular basis and those books that you use for reference? Are they placed within your work space in the right position? Can you reach them easily and have you got everything together, so you don’t necessarily have to leave your home office? Wandering through the house to find the notepad you need with your meeting notes in, offers a number of opportunities to be distracted – the pile of washing that you could quickly put in or the toys that you can quickly put away in their box!
Once you then start thinking about what you need for your home office and where your things need to be you can then start thinking about making sure you have the right office furniture.
Office furniture is one of those things that is different for everyone. What is suitable and comfortable for one person, can be another’s worst nightmare! But think about what works for you. For example, do you need a shelving unit and if so how big? What about storage systems and lockable filing cabinets etc. What about chairs, finding the right chair to meet your needs is an important part of the setting up your office process!
Also growing in popularity are standing desks! Proven to help increase productivity as well as being better for circulation and posture, is this something which you could benefit from in your home office?
Then comes the detail, the equipment!
What equipment do you need in your home office in order to make sure everything runs like clockwork? That you have everything you need and more. So much so that going back into Head Office for supplies is not needed because you have the equipment that suits you! Things like screens and monitors (and of course how many), wireless mouse and keyboard combinations, or maybe you prefer to work from a laptop – especially at a standing desk?
Phones also come into this, if you need a landline phone as well as a mobile. Is this flexible, does it have a separate connection to your house phone (do you also have the technology installed to make sure you have this), does it offer you the conference call facilities that you might need or the reporting functions that you might use?
Then, when you have your computer and your phone lines all connected think about printers and what systems you might want to use. Think about wireless printers so no matter where you are or whichever device your working from you can open things up and send them to print. Making sure that they’re in an area in your home office that is safe, of course has power, a good WIFI connection and above all it is a printer that meets your needs. One that isn’t going to cost the earth and certainly when you have it set up and installed isn’t going to be costly to run.
At Compatink, we can help keep the running costs of these machines low by providing high quality, low priced compatible ink and toner cartridges. Not only do you get more for your money with Compatink we also have a quick and easy ordering system online, taking the chore out of ordering and searching for the right ink!
Health and safety tips
There are some great websites and companies online that can help when it comes to ergonomics and how best to set up your home office to make sure you’re also still compliant with health and safety regulations.
Building the perfect home office can be hard. At first it can be difficult getting the balance right between home and work and setting boundaries. But boundaries are needed and setting up things such as your out of office, or displaying your office working hours all help.
Making sure that you have created the right environment for you is crucial, as this is what will inspire and motivate you during your working day. Plus working from home can often be quite lonely, so making sure you have the right equipment helps to keep you connected to the outside world, talking to the dog really doesn’t count!
Setting up a home office might seem like a chore to start with but when it’s complete you do take away all of the advantages, benefits and flexibility that working from home has to offer and these are the reasons why we choose to do it!
If you have any tips for creating the perfect home office we’d love to hear from you – please share your thoughts below. And if you’d like to find out more about Compatink and the solutions we can offer visit us online today.