There's no denying the benefits hybrid working has provided. But if you've avoided creating a decent home set-up for work, now is the time to bite the bullet.
56% of people say they would prefer to work from home at least some of the time. Why not make it more comfortable by designing a home office that can improve your productivity?
Here are our top tips for creating the ultimate WFH space.
Create a dedicated workspace
A dedicated office can maximise your productivity. It can also improve your ability to switch off at night. That means no more working from the kitchen table and definitely no more slouching on the couch.
Even if you only have the smallest corners to squeeze a desk into, you'll feel better for having a defined workspace. Where possible, you want to create a divide so that at the end of the day, you can shut everything away. This is great if you have a separate office. If not, consider creating a workspace with cupboard doors or even a blind that you can pull down.
Ergonomics are important
We're seeing an increasing number of people developing musculoskeletal problems. Creating a workspace that provides muscular support is therefore essential. You should place your screen about an arm's length away, with the display just below your eyes. Your wrists should be straight while typing, with hands below the elbows.
You should consider investing in a chair that offers lumbar support. Keeping your knees roughly level with your hips will massively improve those after-work aches and pains.
Install a VPN
The internet is a vital part of any business. Having a secure connection is essential for the 84% of UK businesses that use the internet.
Installing a VPN on your Mac will keep your data encrypted and hackers at bay. Workplace VPNs will also give you access to all your company's cloud-based resources, making them a WFH essential.
Add lots of storage
Keeping your desk clutter-free will help keep your mind stress-free. Investing in clever storage solutions will ensure you stay focused on your task. At the end of the day, take the time to tidy your workspace. It will mean you always start work in a more serene environment.
Keep it green
Adding potted plants to your office area can help boost your mental health, reduce stress, and even increase productivity. Try placing anything from snake plants to ferns, mini succulents, and money plants on your desk. Even if you're not the most green-fingered, there are plenty of low-maintenance plants to choose from.