Feel at Home in Your Home Office
Remote employees currently account for approximately 31% of the U.S. workforce. It is estimated that by 2025, approximately 70% of the workforce will work from their homes at least five days a month. If those statistics include you now, or you hope to join the ranks of telecommuters in the future, it’s important to invest some time and thought into creating a workable home office space. Perhaps the first step is removing the moniker of ‘home office’ because you don’t necessarily need an entire room of your house to serve as your office. Try taking a fresh look at how you utilize the existing space in your home.
Perhaps you can find some square footage in unexpected places, such as:
- Large entryways
- Enclosed porches or sunrooms
- Alcoves under stairways
- Kitchen breakfast nooks
- Physically separated corners of larger rooms
- Finished basements
- Unused garages
Your workspace needs to be defined as a workspace because it aids in differentiating work/home time and tasks in your mind. Additionally, dedicated office space signals to others in your household when you are on the proverbial clock. Even your dog will eventually figure out that he doesn’t need to go outside 17 times a day once you set routines around work versus play time. Now that you have established where you’ll set up camp, give some thought to what to include in the workspace. The givens are a desk, chair, computer, industry-specific equipment, etc. Design elements that help you relax can actually increase your productivity, so consider painting the walls in an inspiring color, or using saturated, deep woodgrain and leather colors that improve your confidence. Also consider adding storage and lighting components that complement the space, but also feel less sterile than your typical office environment.
Feel free to contact us so that we can help you design a space that helps you be both inspired and productive.