In the summer of 2021, 85% of home-working adults wanted to use a “hybrid” approach of both home and office working in the future.
Many digital and creative companies have embraced the success of home working over the last couple of years, which has caused an increase in the number of hybrid and fully remote roles being advertised. Offering home working means employers and individuals aren’t restricted by location, and many agencies have either downsized or given up their physical office spaces completely.
With this in mind, the need for a suitable home office is stronger than ever, especially for those in creative and technical roles. So, here are our top tips on how to work effectively from your home office.
Make space to work
If you’ve applied for a job that allows you to work from home in any capacity, you will need a proper space to work from.
It sounds obvious, but having a workstation or desk space will help you separate your work from your home life. If you can, set up a workstation away from your bedroom or living room. You’ll then be able to close the door on work at the end of the day. It’s also a good idea to work near a window so you have a good light source.
It can be tempting to quickly check emails or finish a job because you have instant access to your work, so leave your laptop in another room. This will help you to switch off.
Once you’ve established your workstation, assess whether anything within the room may distract you. This could be a distraction due to noise, something you may engage with or your lighting.
If you can, move anything that could be a potential distraction, elsewhere. It’s not so easy when you have pets or children who may wander in unannounced, but if there’s a book or games console in the room for example, move them to resist temptation.
Maintain a schedule and take breaks
Try to stick to your usual schedule and routine where you can. If there’s a time you’d normally get up each morning, continue to do so. If there’s a set list of things you do each day or a schedule you follow when you’d normally be in the office, replicate it at home.
Treat your home office as you would your work one. That way it’ll feel more professional, and you’ll be more likely to be productive and stay motivated. Take regular breaks and move away from your desk when you do.
Stay in contact with your colleagues
If you’re engaging with a mixture of home and office working, you may find you feel less connected when at home. If you’re an employer, you should be conscious of your communication with your team when they’re working remotely.
Create and engage with opportunities for watercooler chat and catching up, to keep the social aspect alive. Regular group video calls or messaging platforms like Slack are good for staying in touch.
Use a clear video background
Make sure your video call backdrop isn’t too distracting or busy. Ensure your video call quality is to a high enough standard, as many older laptops may have a lower quality built-in webcam. This doesn’t have to mean replacing and purchasing expensive equipment, you can get a really good quality usb webcam for only £20.
Regularly evaluate your workspace effectiveness
Make sure you review your home office on a regular basis. Is it comfortable and enabling you to be productive? Or is it uncomfortable and distracting?
If you evaluate regularly, you can identify any potential issues and look for solutions. If you’re an employer, ask your team if there’s anything they need for their home office. If you’re an employee, don’t be afraid to ask for help in creating an efficient home office!
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