Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the last few weeks, the majority of Sydney office workers have swiftly transitioned to working from home.
This is unprecedented, for both the workers and their companies. Therefore, most have been thoroughly unprepared for the change.
Whilst studies have shown that working remotely can actually be more productive, this can only be true to workers who operate in a space conducive to efficient operating.
Therefore, it is possible to see the positives in this transition, so long as your employees or you, have the correct set up.
To help out, we’ve put together a comprehensive office design guide for optimising your (or your employees’) home office. Here are four ways to boost productivity at home.
Separate Your Space
The first step to a successful home working set-up is establishing a separate space.
You simply must keep your workspace separate from the rest of your home, especially if you don’t have a designated home office.
Keeping your working space separate from the rest of your home will ensure that you transition more easily from home mode to work mode and boost your efficiency.
Moreover, locating a quiet workspace can help to remove the myriad distractions that are inevitably present when working from home.
Good lighting is an essential part of any large Sydney office fit-out, and the same principles around light apply to your home working set-up.
Aside from making it easier to actually do your work, the health and wellness benefits of good lighting in the office are immense.
The benefits include better sleep patterns, an improved mood and less eye strain. Therefore, ensure that your home office has adequate natural light by keeping your curtains open.
If the natural light in your home office or workspace is insufficient, make sure the artificial lighting is adequate, and not too dull or too harsh.
Ergonomics are essential in any Sydney office, whether that be a large commercial office or your home office.
Therefore, take care when setting up your workspace. Ensure your chair is comfortable and supports all of your back, and optimise your computer set up so that you aren’t hunching or looking down while working.
At Niche Projects, we have a wealth of experience in dealing with ergonomic design for Sydney office fit-outs.
We understand the health impact of poor ergonomics, so therefore strongly encourage you to research to ensure your space is not impacting your health and wellbeing.
Enough Desk Space
Desk space may be one feature of your home office that is lacking. We’re not all blessed with a large desk to complete our work at.
However, it’s important that you do find enough space to fit your computer, as well as other essential equipment.
Moreover, not only can too little desk space affect your productivity and organisation, it can also impact your ergonomics.
With less desk space, you’ll be more likely to sit in a position which compromises your posture. This can have long lasting effects and should be avoided at all costs.