For workers making the transition to working from home, the adjustment can take some getting used to. Here are some things to keep in mind if you'd like to make the change as smooth as possible.
You and your employer will first want to ensure that you’ve made the technical arrangements necessary to successfully maintain a productive workflow with as little interruption as possible. This includes arranging computers, bandwidth, monitors, and webcams to stay connected with the organization. Investing in quality technology is essential here, as it can help prevent disruptions in the flow of your workday and communication with your teams.
If you can avoid it, do not work in the shared family spaces such as the living room or kitchen. Build a permanent workspace in a study or spare bedroom where you can focus on your work and avoid the distractions of family, roommates, and pets. Using a good pair of over-the-ear headphones with noise cancellation and listening to instrumental music works well to focus the mind and keep out distractions, greatly improving productivity.
The next worthy investment you can make in this new dedicated home workspace is comfortable, productive office furniture. Spending long hours working at a table or desk that isn’t designed for the task can become uncomfortable and even painful. Sitting at the kitchen table or counter can work well for a short amount of time, but not all day. A poor office setup can lead to discomfort and negatively impact your sense of well-being and ability to concentrate. Adjustable height desks, monitor arms, keyboard trays, and ergonomic office chairs are all invaluable tools that can ensure you maintain the proper ergonomic positioning and level of comfort needed to focus and stay healthy. Alternating between sitting and standing throughout your day has proven cardiovascular benefits, while also improving your work performance and energy levels during the workday. And with an adjustable height desk you’ll be able to work at the exact, perfect height for you, whether you’re seated or standing.
Movement throughout the day is just as important as having the right office setup. Set a timer to remind you to alternate between sitting and standing every hour while you’re at your computer. You’ll want to occasionally exercise and stretch throughout the day as well. Avoid sitting in the same position for hours; switch it up and keep your blood moving. Taking short breaks, stepping outside for fresh air and taking a quick walk around the neighborhood can clear the mind and focus your energy so you can return to work with renewed vitality and creativity.
By following these simple precautionary guidelines, you will be in a great position to keep your work and body moving forward without interruption. A smooth transition into a comfortable home workspace doesn’t have to be difficult and will prove beneficial to both the organization and the individual.