As most of the world takes a drastic and sudden shift towards working remotely in the time of coronavirus, companies and individuals are left to sort out their home office setups and communication protocols on the fly. But remote work is nothing new, and it has actually been on the rise for some time.
It’s easy to see why remote working (in times not associated with a pandemic) appeals to so many people: no more rush hour, complete control of the Spotify playlist, and a pants-optional dress code (if your roommate is cool with that). Meanwhile, employers can reap many benefits as well, including lower overheads and a happier, more flexible workforce.
In fact, according to a survey by Global Workplace Analytics, 5 million employees (3.6% of the workforce) currently work-at-home half-time or more – and that number is on the rise.
Working in your PJs from your bed (aka the Soft Office) all sounds great on paper, but as anyone who has ever worked from home will tell you – it’s not as easy as it seems.
There are unique challenges to deal with, including distracting kids, a lack of supervision, loneliness – the list goes on. There’s also the office setup itself: trying to work in an uncomfy chair near a pile of laundry is distracting and can seriously hamper your productivity.
There’s a lot to love about working remotely – but you need to approach it with purpose. To help you focus, we’ve created a guide to creating an awesome home office setup that’s geared for productivity.
Perfecting your home office setup
When it comes to working from home, the more you can focus, the better. Create a clean, calming workspace, stock up on snacks, and make a schedule to help you stay on-track throughout the day. The more you can do to recreate an awesome office environment at home, the easier the transition will be.