We’ve all thought about it, but working from home certainly isn’t for everyone. For many employees working from home is the ultimate dream, however, what happens when this dream becomes a reality? Are you ready to work from home? The answer at this stage is probably a no! There are a few essential pointers that you must consider before making the commitment in becoming a full-time work-from-home employee.
1. Have a Dedicated Home Office
The idea of working from home may appeal to many of us, but you need to ask yourself one question: how productive will I be? The answer to this question is very much dependant on your home office setup. Just as the case with an office environment, your home office must be an area in which you can concentrate without unnecessary disruptions. This is unlikely to be the case if you are planning to complete your working day situated in front of the TV along with your laptop. In order not to see a drastic drop in productivity it is advised to have a dedicated home office room. Understandably this may be unachievable for some, but being located in a completely separate room in the house reduces the risk of being disturbed by the other inhabitants.
Having the correct furniture is extremely important for your wellbeing. In particular, ergonomics is crucial and certainly shouldn’t be ignored. If your desk is the incorrect height, your monitor poorly positioned or your office chair is unsuitable, this could lead to a host of health complaints. To ensure that this isn’t the case, you need to take the furniture in your home office seriously. You could consider investing in an adjustable monitor arm as well as an ergonomic office chair, to combat any potential posture problems. The initial cost of implementing an ergonomic office setup is relatively high; however this should be considered as an investment in your health and cannot be overlooked.
Unlike office based employment, lunch breaks when working from home are not as structured and this can have implications on your diet. As a result it is a lot easier to eat unhealthily by snacking at regular points throughout the day; after all you do have direct access to the kitchen whenever you want! Although snacking throughout the day is not necessarily a bad thing, you must make sure that what you are snacking on is healthy. It is advised to eat little and often, keeping your blood sugar at an optimal level whilst also helping you maintain focus and concentration. Examples of the types of food that are ideal to snack on are nuts, seeds, fruit or chopped vegetables. Finally, ditch the caffeine! Okay, so maybe this isn’t possible for everyone, however your liquid intake throughout the day should be mainly water with only the odd cup of tea/coffee consumed (if you have to!).
4. Stay Active
Although it’s tempting and can often seem necessary, avoid working for the whole day without comfort breaks. You may think that in doing so, you are getting more work done, but have you ever thought about the quality of that work? Sitting in front of a computer screen from 9:00-17:00 without comfort breaks can lead to headaches and feeling generally tired and lethargic. All of which has an impact on the quality of your work. The solution is not to neglect your lunch hour. Going for a walk is the perfect way to recharge your batteries ready for the afternoons work. In addition to this, regular comfort breaks are advised even if it’s just a quick stroll around the house!
Author Bio: David Stokes is a businessman from the South East. Working from home, David has a keen interest in the topic and in particular home office ergonomics. David is also a contributing writer for Office Chairs UK.