The trend towards the home office is also increasing in all worlds. Almost 40 percent of companies now offer their employees the opportunity to work at home at least part of the time. There are also a large number of start-ups in the small and sole proprietorship sectors. This means that the demand for sufficient space and spatial options in your own four walls for a study is growing. Because especially at home, where there is a lot of distraction – think of the dishwasher, the washing machine, the dog, the cat; you get creative quickly if you want to procrastinate – it is important to create a comfortable, distraction-free, and stress-free environment within which you can be sufficiently productive. With these tips, it will definitely work.
Take Ergonomics Into Account when Setting Up
One of the biggest mistakes when designing a home office is paying attention to the money when setting it up and overlooking or underestimating the health consequences that a non-posture workplace can bring with it. When it comes to accidents at work, one first thinks of the events that leave breaks, burns, or other visible damage to the body. In fact, however, the most common workplace-related injuries are now impairments that cannot be recognized at first glance; the result is always the same movement sequences, inadequate expenditure of force, and incorrect posture.
The idea of working from your absolute favorite place at home is seductive. But the kitchen table, the TV armchair, the bed are ergonomic danger zones that can be detrimental to health. For example, those who frequently write at the dining table can soon suffer from back pain – caused by constantly bent over sitting. After several hours in a rigid, non-adjustable chair, working on the computer becomes uncomfortable and harmful in the long term. The pressure and forces that act on the body when working at a desk call for ergonomic furniture in the office to work healthily, productively, and safely in the home office.
Inappropriate Furniture and Fittings
The wrong choice of furniture not only has a lasting impact on health but also on productivity. Jumbled-up office furniture made up of pieces of furniture that you just have to hand can impair the workflow. The garden table, which has been gathering dust in the basement unused for years, is inexpensive. However, it will be difficult to put your work utensils – computer, printer, storage compartments – on it. It almost screams for chaos. The desk is the core element of working in the home office. That is why nobody can avoid functional and comfortable furniture in the office in the long term.
At the desk, you shouldn’t be stingy with space. It should be as big as finances and dimensions allow without feeling overwhelmed in the home office. Whether large and round, rectangular or L-shaped, is, on the one hand, a matter of taste. On the other hand, it also depends on the respective need. For better organization of the study, it is also advisable to choose a desk with at least one drawer. Alternatively, roll cages offer ample opportunity to create shelves and storage space.
For a back-promoting sitting position, an office chair should be chosen that is comfortable to sit on and easy to move. Ideally, it adapts individually to the body and follows different sitting postures to ensure the best possible ergonomic support at all times and in every position. If the chair isn’t fun, then the work isn’t fun either – this has long-term effects on work ethic and health.
A decorative desk lamp is all well and good. However, it should not be the only or main source of light in the workplace. Proper lighting of the office, documents, and work area increases visual comfort and thus productivity. A floor lamp and additional light sources can possibly counteract dazzling daylight or ceiling light.
Lack of Storage Space
Depending on the type of work, documents and folders can quickly become overwhelming. A small computer table next to the dining area may be sufficient in the beginning. But there will very likely come a moment when the area of competence or your own company grows, and books, documents, and files require more space. That can quickly become a problem. Especially when the papers continue to restrict the work area and you have to move to the living area for storage. At that point, work and personal life mix to such an extent that sooner or later, it becomes inseparable. This can lead to psychological problems in the long term.
Drawers, roll containers, and shelves can provide additional storage space and serve as storage space for faxes, printers, telephones, or scanners. Built-in shelves or filing cabinets can already be taken into account when planning the furnishing of the office. This means that they fit perfectly into the individual, spatial conditions and offer order and something that is also pleasing to the eye. If there is not enough capacity in your own apartment for a separate office or it is impossible to create additional storage space, you should consider external storage options.
Working alone in the home office all day can be stressful – for the back, head, and psycho. A well-organized filing and organization system is only half the battle. Contact with colleagues and other people is quickly reduced to an absolute minimum when working from home. This can become a huge burden for some people—no small talk during the coffee break, no exchange at lunch together.
If the solitary working life causes problems for you, you should organize your working day so that the interpersonal contact can be compensated: through customer appointments in a bistro or café or simply with a walk around the block in between. Sport or a dinner with friends also provides the necessary social balance.