Working from home:
How to create a productive workspace at home

Working from home:
How to create a productive workspace at home

Working from home:
How to create a productive workspace at home
1920 1280 mint office | Office Furniture to promote productivity and wellbeing

Now even more than ever wellbeing is a big deal for every company.

We are spending many hours sat at home each week which has a very real, and substantial, impact on our mental health. If we are not functioning at our best, productivity is reduced, and we are unfulfilled. In this strange new world, employers should be aware of the responsibilities they have towards their employees’ mental health.

Look around you… does your setting reflect positive experiences and positive expectations?

Innovative home office design can give staff the best chance of lowering stress, being productive and thriving.

So what does the ideal work space to promote good mental wellbeing look like?

home office setup

Natural lighting

A bright space, ideally with natural light. Poor lighting can cause headaches, eye strain, and tiredness and contribute to stress, anxiety and depression. Daylight exposure is linked to sleep activity and therefore mental and physical health.

Room Temperature

Temperature and air quality is vital: a poorly ventilated, cold or hot room can impact on productivity, mental and physical health.

Surround yourself with colour

Neuroscience and psychological research shows the effect that colour has on our brains, hormones, mood, behaviour and physiology. Greens and blues, particularly from landscapes and nature, are mood-enhancing colours that help to create a state of calm.

Feel supported

In addition to support from your coworkers, keep your back supported and try to setup your computer on a stand (if using a laptop) or make sure the monitor is at the right height (if using a desktop).

“Investments in the physical home workplace can really help support positive mental wellbeing.”

Cost is an obvious hurdle but, “Ninety per cent of business costs are human costs”, so there’s a financial benefit from making sure staff are well and happy.

With the evidence stacked up, can you afford not to take the mental wellbeing of employees seriously? Get the physical and emotional environment right and the business and staff will reap rewards.

Make sure that when working from home everyone is sitting comfortably. In many cases, staff are sitting on dining room or bedroom chairs which are simply not suited to sitting at a laptop or pc. Posture is poor and very quickly productivity and concentration will wane and the inevitable back problems will ensure. Make sure all have access to a chair that supports the back and shoulders and makes sure that they are sitting correctly.

Consider lumbar support and arms so that the whole body is supported correctly and your body is balanced. Are your feet placed on the floor and is there pressure on the back of the upper legs? Is the angle of your thighs correct? Etc. etc.

Would a kneeling chair help?

You don’t want a chair that looks like an office chair at home so go for something different and maybe a bit wacky? Choose colours that will go with the home décor so that your people feel comfortable having their workplace at home. Don’t forget it will be a new and possibly intrusive situation which they may not be entirely at ease with. Chairs do not have to have a traditional back to work and the new flexible stools look great at home and provide the opportunity to sit correctly in an unconventional way.

Would a kneeling chair help?

You don’t want a chair that looks like an office chair at home so go for something different and maybe a bit wacky? Choose colours that will go with the home décor so that your people feel comfortable having their workplace at home. Don’t forget it will be a new and possibly intrusive situation which they may not be entirely at ease with. Chairs do not have to have a traditional back to work and the new flexible stools look great at home and provide the opportunity to sit correctly in an unconventional way.

Also consider offering foot rests, wrist rests and monitor supports.

If your budget does not run to a chair then a separate lumbar support cushion will really help. If you have comfortable relaxed people working at home, you’ll have productive willing staff that don’t get distracted.

If you’re unsure where to start, we’d be happy to offer any advice on what can help you. Give us a call on 01844 390970 for a chat.

We are still there to help despite working from home ourselves. Stay safe, healthy and fulfilled.

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