Working from home is almost as common as traveling for work and even working in an office. With the advances of technology, gone are the days when employees are required to sit at an office from 8am to 5pm. In a Grade A office at Marina Bay, for example, office workers chooses to have flexible working time schedule depending on what’s suitable and comfortable for them.
If you work from home, it is probably not surprise when I say that allocating space can be one of the greatest challenges. Because our homes are filled with distractions, it is crucial to allocate a space specifically for your work. In doing so, you will become much more effective and working within the four walls of your domicile.
While the ideal option for working at home would be to designate a room completely utilized as a home office space, for many work-at-home, or telecommuting, employees, this is simply not a viable option. For this reason, it may be necessary to consider other areas of the home that have not yet been developed as living quarters.
One area we often forget are basements, attics and, if you life in an apartment or condominium, possibly even the roof terrace. While many of these spaces are not equipped to provide temperature control, it may be time to seriously look at these undeveloped spaces as prime locations for a home office space.
An aspect of developing a home office, that many home based employees find great challenge with, involves the amount of space needed. When addressing this issue, it is important to remember that large space is not always the best space. Finding a space in your office that can be sectioned off, and then built in an efficient manner, will provide the most effective area in which to work and be productive. One suggestion: look for a window space in the home as this will provide the illusion that your work space is much larger.
In terms of designing the home office work space, the areas we most often forget to address are those issues involved with lighting and flooring. Because the area will be used for working, it is necessary that you focus on the type of lighting that will make your day most productive. For some home based employees, the lighting may be a simple desk lamp, while for others it may be recess lighting or fluorescent lighting. If a computer monitor will be used, you will want to ensure the lighting is positioned correctly so as to reduce the degree of eye strain.
The flooring in your home office workspace must be resilient. While you may want the home office work space to be appealing to the eye, it is always necessary to consider the amount of traffic, and associated damage by office equipment, before your purchase or place flooring in the home office space. Using office styles carpeting and plastic floor protectors are necessary to preserving the floors, especially if your home is equipped with hardwood flooring.
While home based employment may sound like a great opportunity to life a more carefree and reduced stress life, it can, at times, be quite cumbersome. To reduce the stress associated with a home office, it is important to choose a space that is not in the path of general living quarters, such as an attic or basement, and then design the space for efficiency, with thoughts of lighting and flooring as part of that design process. In doing so, you will create a more effective and productive work space right in your very own home or apartment.