Equipping a home office: 6 tips

Working from home is becoming more and more of a trend within businesses as it provides a level of ease, less distractions and higher work-ethic rates.

Giving employees the choice and flexibility to work from home offers businesses many benefits in terms of extending their resource pools in search for new talent. In other words, geographical constraints will no longer be an issue for recruiting talent who are based further away than businesses would want.

However, working from home isn’t as easy as sitting on your dining room table with your laptop, mobile phone and a few bits of stationery lying around.

1. Make room for products

Considering home office space is usually quite compact, home-office workers must consider using products that will fit these standards. Choosing from desks and storage units that feature clean and contemporary lines (and can fit a home or study) are ideal. Single bench desking is also very ideal for the home office as its modular configuration allows total flexibility and greater access, thanks to recessed legs.

Another tip is to ensure you have a selected space for all your stationery and technology products. I wouldn’t go as far as providing space for a guillotine, but items such as printers, staplers, hole punches, pens, pencils and notebooks are usually the top products to have nearby.

2. Think practically!

Product durability is an important factor when deciding on home-office décor. It is often we as consumers look for equipment that is easy to set up whilst lasting a lengthy time. Furniture such as small desks, printer storage units, and office chairs all become the main go-to products for a home office (and any office for that matter!), therefore the equipment must meet the standards in reflection to the space you have. You can’t buy a tiny workstation and not be able to put any of your recently purchased stationery on it! Think practically and you will make the best choices.

3. Employee Health & Safety

Employee health and safety responsibilities are required whether you are based on-site or at home. Even though you are within your own home, you are still using technology and equipment you would use every day in the office, so the location doesn’t change a thing. Making sure your cables and wires are out of the way, and testing if your equipment is fit for purpose should be something done on a regular basis. Safety risk assessments are always ideal to have on hand - they should be maintained and treated just as it would be in any workplace.

4. Comfort plays a part

If you are working on a computer for long periods of time, consider providing yourself with appropriate products to fit these needs, such as a posture chair. The last thing you want is to sit on an uncomfortable chair for the entire working day, leading you to think about how sore your back is rather than focusing on your actual work.

It is also essential to dress the part. It’s easy to associate your home with a more relaxing atmosphere, and therefore it’s so easy for work and home life to become blurred in terms of work attire. I’m not exactly referring to dressing in a three-piece suit to retain a professional mindset, but dressing of a higher (but comfortable) standard than your usual home attire is key for concentration.

5. Think flooring

Flooring is often overlooked, but is important. End users should be advised on floor protection such as chair mats, which protect carpeted, wooden or laminate flooring.

6. Keep it tidy

Home offices can be kept neat with desks that offer built in cable management, or with the use of appropriate cable management accessories. It is also recommended to provide your home office with a waste or recycling bin. The last thing you want is for your home office to be taken over with yesterday’s lunch wrappers.

By Laura at 22 Aug 2017, 14:10 PM