Since the COVID-19 pandemic forced many office workers to work remotely, the concept of working from home (WFH) has become a normal part of our language. While many have returned to the office, many workers are still working a hybrid schedule and some are still working full-time remotely. If you find yourself in this type of work situation, you know how important it is to have a good WFH setup in order to maximize your productivity. Here’s how to set up your space so you can get your work done efficiently while you’re at home.
Ergonomic office chair
Slumping over the keyboard for hours on end will have a serious impact on your body’s health. You may already be starting to feel your shoulders, back or knees, so getting a good ergonomic chair that will support you and help you avoid sending you straight to the physio is very important. You should also try to get up and move every half hour to the hour to keep your body moving.
If you find yourself in a mid-afternoon productivity slump because your mood is flagging, adding soft lighting could make a big difference. Studies have shown that natural lighting and warm, inviting lighting improve mental health throughout the day. Dimly lit workspaces can strain the eyes and lead to blurred vision, headaches and even fatigue.
If you find yourself stretching your wrists and hands because they hurt, it may be because of the keyboard you’re using. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a serious risk for many office workers, and it really isn’t a walk in the park. By getting an ergonomic keyboard, you’re more likely to increase your comfort and avoid straining your hands and wrists, which will help you stay focused and on task instead of being distracted by pain.
Good quality desk
Let’s face it, you’re going to spend a lot of time sitting at your desk, so it’s essential that it’s good quality that you love too. Make sure it’s at a good height to avoid straining your back. You can also look at desks that can adjust their height, so you can alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day to avoid any physical problems that may arise from sitting for too long.
Plant to boost mood
Don’t ignore the fact that adding some accessories and decor can make a big difference to your office space, whether it’s a shared office or a home office. Consider adding a mood-boosting plant, studies have shown it can have an impact on both your physical and mental health. Plants not only filter the air around you, they add a touch of life and color to a space that could otherwise feel very sterile and cold. One study showed that bringing plants into a workspace can increase productivity.