Statistics reveal that 50% of the U.K. population continues to work from home. Remote working is another ball game altogether, especially because it requires setting up a comfortable space to remain productive. The measures you put in place to enhance your work may differ from the next person’s. However, there are some ideas that are applicable in any setting, including the following.
Keeping your home office desk clean and decluttered is a deliberate action. A constantly cluttered desktop can be a significant source of distraction for anyone working from home. You can imagine what happens when your workstation is cluttered with files, pens, gadgets, and other stationery items. The truth is, your attention will constantly be drawn to the ‘noise’ in your immediate space.
If you are not using a bookcase with storage or a set of office cabinets to store the things you don’t use on the desk, it can impact your productivity. Remember that no employer likes to deal with an unproductive employee. Therefore, to avoid shooting yourself in the foot, keeping a clear workstation with only the basic daily essentials would be a good idea. Furthermore, if your desk is small, you may want to reassess the current arrangement. If it feels restrictive, it is recommended to redistribute any irrelevant item to other areas of the home office.
How did you feel when you had to spend several minutes or even hours doing nothing because of downtime? You probably felt unproductive, frustrated, and upset. The reaction is the same, if not more, when that happens at home. Admittedly, technical faults with your computer and internet may not be your doing because machines break down all the time. However, the preemptive steps taken to avert or reduce the frequency of downtimes can make all the difference.
For example, do you wait for your internet data to run out before renewing? Secondly, how often do you update your systems and machines to conform with the latest software upgrades? All these contribute to your home office technology and its reliability. According to research, many people fail to upgrade their systems because their machines and gadgets work just fine. It is worth noting that upgrades are done to cater to glitches you may have in previous software. In effect, they enhance the performance of your tools.
Digital work platform integration is critical to employee productivity. It improves communication, boosts remote team cohesion, and streamlines work activities. While you work from home, it is vital to remain in touch with your line managers and colleagues. Moreover, your daily work activities should be accessible on a shared platform by all authorised persons mandated to view your work. This is possible when digital work platforms are integrated. Usually, the I.T. department is responsible for ensuring a smooth process. However, you must also ensure these collaborative tools are incorporated into your home office.
Working from home can be productive depending on the measures you put in place. At the end of the day, the design of the home office should be a blend of aesthetics and function.