Today’s trend towards digitalization and the growing gig economy has turned remote working from a dream into reality for many. Remote working is often favored by employers not just due to rising real estate costs, but also as it has been proven in many cases to increase employee productivity, whereby they are able to accomplish more in less time with fewer distractions and more favorable hours.
If you’re one of the many currently enjoying working from home, the design of your working space can have a big impact on your productivity and your stress levels. Designing your home office keeping in mind the following elements could make you a healthier, happier and more productive worker.
When your office is part of a larger area in your home, such as the living room, your likelihood of becoming distracted is high. If you don’t have an entire room to dedicate to work, try creating visual boundaries between your work area and living area with bookshelves and partitions.
Clutter causes stress. Lack of organization impairs motivation and state of mind. To think clearly, stay motivated, and be productive and efficient, you have to get rid of the clutter. Taking time to clean your desk every evening after turning off the computer will help.
High speed internet
If you’re working with a poor internet connection, your efficiency is likely suffering. Besides being a source of frustration, poor connections take your attention away from your work and increase your likelihood of becoming distracted by other things. You’ll need a network router if you or your family use more than one laptop or computer in your home. When buying a router don’t look for the highest performance possible. You should only pay for the features that you need. If you already have a router but the signal isn’t strong enough in your home office, look into a wireless range extender. It will pick up the weak signal, boost it and retransmit it.
Document scanners allow you to go pretty much paperless, which can eliminate distracting clutter, allow you to organize documents digitally, and speed up workflows. It also minimizes the risk of data loss. Whereas manually entering data is time-consuming, and mailing documents halts the workflow altogether, scanning and emailing documents takes just minutes. Look for a feature rich scanner that is easy to setup and scan quickly as soon as it powers on. A wireless scanner can be put in any place you might need it.
To really boost efficiency, a standing desk is the way to go. Standing desks have long been promoted as a healthy alternative to sitting all day, but relief from a sedentary lifestyle isn’t the only benefit they offer. Standing triggers your blood to circulate, sending more nutrients and oxygen to your brain, and promotes neurogenesis (the formation of new brain cells).
Choose an area for your home office that is exposed to natural light. Placing your desk in front of a window will both give you a nice view and increase your productivity. Studies have revealed the many health benefits of exposure to natural light. It boosts your reading ability and productivity, prompts endocrine system responses that are necessary to manage your immune system, mood and sleep, and could improve your mental clarity and vision, reducing the risk of headaches and migraines. If your home office doesn't have access to natural lighting, your next best option is to replace your current light bulbs with full-spectrum light bulbs.
Naji Kazak is General Manager for the Middle East, Africa, Turkey & Russia at Alaris, a Kodak Alaris Business.