Do you telecommute? Set up your home office!
Are you teleworking from home? Then you need a practical and comfortable office space in your home!
At a time when many companies are encouraging their employees to telework, notably because of the Covid-19 crisis, the daily professional life of many employees has been totally transformed. Ways and places of work have changed, and new ways of working have emerged. With the advent of teleworking, employees can now stay at home to work. However, this change of workplace requires some organisation, layout and equipment to ensure a space conducive to concentration and to make telework a success.
Contrary to companies, which benefit more and more from acoustically insulated spaces (such as phone boxes for example), it is rare that individuals have such spaces. The personal space becomes the professional space and must therefore be transformed.
In this article, we look at the best tips for setting up your teleworking space in 2020.
Choose the right workspace
The first question you have to ask yourself is: where am I going to work? When you go to work, the answer is simple: you work in the offices you have been assigned, or in any workspace provided by your company. When you are at home, however, places are not usually associated with work. It is therefore essential that you think about the place you dedicate to your job. You can opt for one or more places and it can be a whole room or part of a room, depending on the available space.
We recommend that you choose two of them: even if you are at home and you know the place perfectly, changing places several times during the work day is very effective in maintaining his attention.
We advise you to avoid living rooms such as the living room, dining room or kitchen where the passage of your loved ones may distract you. You need to draw a line between your professional and personal life.
Your workspace should also be conducive to audio and video calls. Don't forget to think about where you can take your breaks.
The place you choose will either already be furnished or will require special arrangements. In this case, don't hesitate to re-imagine the room: change the furniture layout, change the color of the walls, change the interior decoration etc.
Keep your office oriented
After you have thought about the location of your new workstation, it is necessary to pay attention to its location. Ideally, position your office in direct proximity to a source of natural light, such as a window. Daylight has a very positive effect on morale, mood and therefore behaviour. In addition, having the opportunity to look at the view to relax your eyes and take short breaks will help to make your home office the ideal workplace. These breaks will also have a positive impact on your creativity.
But be careful not to get distracted by what's going on in the window.
In addition to a natural light source, use an artificial light source if you have to work very early or late in the morning or if the outside light is not bright enough to see clearly.
Ensure optimal comfort
A comfortable and functional workplace is essential for efficiency. The purpose of designing your workspace is to make it a place conducive to productivity and concentration.
To do this, we recommend that you choose a solid, practical, stable desk that is large enough to ensure maximum comfort. Equip your office with storage spaces that you can easily access and in which you can store all your accessories and paperwork. The practicality of your space is essential to make the place pleasant and to promote your efficiency.
We also recommend a comfortable seat: choose an armchair or a chair with armrests, a footrest and a comfortable backrest. Even though such chairs often take up a lot of space, you're going to be spending time at your desk, so you might as well make the experience enjoyable! Your health is paramount and your posture should not be neglected. If you would like to know more about the right postures to adopt at the office, you can read our article.
Be equipped like at the office
To be effective in teleworking as in the office, it is essential to have the right equipment. In most cases, your employer will provide you with the equipment you will need on a daily basis. However, there are times when the employee will have to equip themselves. In this case, you will need to invest in the right equipment. You will need a computer adapted to your computing needs (more or less powerful depending on your work), additional computer equipment (mouse, keyboard, wrist rest, computer support so that the screen is at eye level, headphones, etc.), office supplies such as pens, paper, etc.
It is also essential that you have a good internet connection so that you can be reached at all times by your superiors or colleagues and so that you can carry out your tasks, if they require internet access.
Create a space in your own image
We strongly recommend that you arrange your workspace according to your tastes and think about your new decor. Feeling good in your workspace is a key factor in your professional development and helps you to be more efficient and focused.
So create a space that suits you: decorate your office according to your tastes to create a warm atmosphere that reflects your image.
At the office from home, it's possible!
Having a real home office is possible! We hope that this article will help you create the perfect telecommuting office.
If you have difficulty concentrating, read our article Top 10 techniques for concentrating at the office (it also works for teleworking yes yes).