Even before COVID-19 hit, workers around the world were starting to ask: “Do I really need to go into the office?”. Spending hours commuting to sit in a cramped cubicle and do a job that could have been done any place with a wifi connection, queueing up to buy an over-priced sandwich or coffee, then spending even more time to get back home again just didn’t seem like such a great idea. In 2020, however, it all became a little more serious when the order came down from doctors, if there’s any way you can work from home, do it! And suddenly, that cleared space on the kitchen table just wasn’t cutting it as a home office. The Block judge and design guru Darren Palmer shares his top tips for designing a home office space for your new home.
1. Location, Location, Location
In the past a power point near an island bench with a spare drawer nearby was fine, but now, you need a separate designated location where you can go to work, then leave at the end of the day. By keeping them separate physically you can help get that work/life balance right too, you’re not always in the space where you work.
2. Get The Look
Much of the modern work day involves virtual meetings, Palmer says, so be aware of what is behind you when a camera is turned on. It’s astounding how many interviews I see on television with an expert whose message is derailed by what we see behind them. Get the lighting right, have a businesslike background and it makes the world of difference.
3. Set For Success
Make sure the space is set up ergonomically so you can be comfortable there though your work day. A full office is preferable he adds, but even if it’s a small study nook, make sure you’re not cramped, your chair is set up properly and you’re comfortable. If not, it just won’t be a place you’ll want to spend time.
4. Keep It Quiet
You don’t want distractions while you work and you don’t want your work conversations to be heard throughout the house. It’s perfectly appropriate if your work from home space is near your kids’ bedroom for example if they’re going to be at school. But if everyone is at home trying to be productive, acoustic privacy is an absolute must.
5. Remember Storage
You can’t overlook the importance of storage. Think about what you need and make sure you have the space for it, whether that’s space for any documents you need, or a library, samples, whatever it is you need for your job. Keeping it separate physically will help keep work separate mentally from the rest of your home life.
6. Get Tech Savy
For a start you have to make sure this is where your computer is, with reliable internet connection, either cabled or via wi-fi. And if you need printers or a scanner, this is the place to keep them!
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