Working from home isn’t a new groundbreaking concept, but with COVID-19 forcing many of us to work from home (WFH), the ergonomic of WFH has become a hot topic. You may think working from home is a luxury, after all, there’s no need to leave the comfort of your own home or wake up extra early in the morning to avoid the rush hour traffic. But without a proper home office setup, you may find yourself suffering from backaches, poor postures and general frustration in the long run. Remember, it’s not just a setup, it’s a working environment too. So, here are 7 tips to set up a workable ‘Work-from-Home’ office for a more productive and less strenuous working environment.
1. Plan What You Need
If you’re working from home, it’s important to plan on what you need in your “office” in order to work efficiently. Perhaps turn your empty cabinet into an office file cabinet, or buy a printer if you know you’ll need to print out physical documents. No matter what you need, plan and browse ahead all the things you require to make sure it meets your needs and more importantly, it’s within your budget. Need extra power strips to extend the charger of your laptop or charge multiple devices? Did you dedicate enough time for yourself to relax and stretch your limbs? These things might seem trivial, but are crucial if you want to have a healthy working environment and habit.
2. Choosing The Right Workspace
When it comes to choosing the right workspace, a little creativity goes a long way. If your space is limited, you can try and rearrange the furniture in your home to maximise the space for your work zone. You’re not just limited to your living room or bedroom, the balcony (with proper shading and whatnot) could make an excellent working space with a clear view of your surroundings and exposure to the morning sun. Whatever workspace you choose, just remember that it needs to be near a power source so that your laptop or PC can be constantly charged.
3. Have A Good Chair
It’s definitely worth investing your money into a comfortable chair that provides you proper back, neck and arm support. Backaches and poor posture can be resolved through ergonomic chairs which can also increase work productivity! Bear in mind that you’re sitting on your working chair for a long period of time so obviously, you want a chair that offers you comfort, right?
4. The Importance Of Lighting
To reduce eye strain, have lights installed over your workspace, preferably overhead lighting such as ceiling lamps so it won’t be distracting or glaring to the eye. While it’s good to have natural lighting through the windows, make sure you have some curtains or window blinds to reduce the light intensity.
5. Find A Suitable Working Desk
The space of your working desk would dictate how many things you can place on it. From laptops, keyboards and mouse pads to potted plants and stuffed toys; whatever it is you are putting on your desktop, make sure the space allocated is enough for you to work comfortably and efficiently. If you’re dealing with limited space, plan out which corner gives you enough space to place your desk in.
However, if you can’t find a suitable spot to place your work desk, you can always buy a foldable work desk. As the name implies, you can store it away once you’re finished with your work, and you get the added benefit of portability.
6. Have A Good Internet Connection
Imagine you’re in an important video meeting with your colleagues or clients and suddenly you’re buffering. Without a reliable router, you’re not going to get your work done, especially if you’re heavily involved in video conferences. So make sure you have a good router or a WIFI extender to ensure a stable connection that could reach anywhere in your home.
7. Keep It Organised
Just like a traditional workplace, keeping your workspace clean and organised is one way to prevent clutter and missing items. Your house is essentially your office, and keeping your house clean and tidy can also help boost your mood and work efficiency. Besides, if you were in a video meeting, the last thing you want is your colleagues or clients to look at the messy background behind you. Reducing clutter in your home and keeping it organised can boost work efficiency and allows you to work in a less stuffy environment.