Whether you have always worked in a home office or found yourself working remotely amid the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re in good company.
According to the Pew Research Center, 20% of American workers whose jobs can be done remotely were doing so before the pandemic. That number jumped to 71% last year, according to the October survey. And more than half of those workers surveyed said they would like to continue working remotely after life returns to normal.
Regardless of your industry, WFH requires a dedicated, productive workspace.
Find the right location for your office and keep your workspace separate from your relaxing space.
Is your space quiet enough to focus and located away from heavily trafficked areas or other distractions? Or, if you like to work with more noise and activity around you, avoid picking the quietest corner of the house.
If you plan to meet with clients, consider accessibility and privacy.
Get a good desk setup, quality chair, and proper lighting for ergonomic work.
The Mayo Clinic recommends positioning your monitor arm’s length in front of you, and the top of your monitor should be at or slightly below eye level. Your wrists should be straight, with your hands level with or below your elbows.
Consider getting an adjustable desk that allows you to sit or stand. And whether you’re thrift shopping, splurging at a furniture store, or somewhere in between, get a supportive, adjustable chair that allows your feet to sit flat on the floor with your knees approximately level with your hips.
Don’t forget the details.
Make your workspace inviting with decor, plants, invigorating scents, and a color palette that makes you feel productive and inspired.
And while you’re at it, keep your space tidy. Make sure your storage needs are met so you can keep your workspace decluttered.