Having a suitable space set up to work from home has become crucial, as the global pandemic has forced many companies to close their offices, whether temporarily or permanently. In fact, many business owners have realised how much money they can save by not having to pay rent on an office space, meaning their staff have had to adapt their properties to accommodate a more enduring work from home space.
Of course, we’re not all lucky enough to have a spare bedroom, but it’s important to try and set up your desk away from your main living area. Lots of people are getting creative with their under-stair space or garden sheds. It’s crucial to have distinct spaces for work and leisure so that you are able to maintain a healthy work-life balance. It will be difficult to switch off if you relax or even sleep in the same room that you work.
Make sure your desk and chair are a suitable height so that you don’t have to stretch, hunch or bend your arms in unnatural positions. Your arms should be at a 90-degree angle when you’re typing, otherwise you could end up with problems such as repetitive strain injury and neck/back/shoulder aches. It’s also wise to consider the lighting in your home office. Humans are wired to work in the daytime so natural light is best. However, if this is not possible, make sure any overhead lights are not directly above your workstation because otherwise there will be some glare which could lead to eye strain and headaches.
Finally, think about your equipment. Your employer should be able to provide you with anything that might be crucial for you to do your job, such as a computer, phone and even maybe a printer. A surge protector might be something to think about because it will prevent any damage to your tech if the power ever goes out unexpectedly. Don’t be afraid to add some personal touches to the space, like a few photo frames or a little potted plant to make the space feel more comforting.