Create a functional home office space
Dedicate a space
Start by setting up a dedicated work area that offers some degree of privacy. If you have limited space, you will need to get creative: empty out a walk-in closet, put a desk in a hallway nook or convert half of a room into a cubicle. Whatever works – just find a quiet, distraction-free zone that allows you to focus.
Keep mess to a minimum: add a small trash can and recycling bin to your space, stow away office supplies in containers or drawers and add wall shelving to increase storage space. A clutter-free workspace will improve your ability to focus, be more inviting and lead to increased productivity.
Try setting aside your phone and checking your email at predetermined intervals instead of having it chirp at you all day long. Listening to vibrations and beeps can add stress to your day and reduce productivity. If you’ve got kids at home and no office door, invest in noise-cancelling headphones and a room divider to separate your work zone from the rest of the house.
Create an ergonomic workspace
Ergonomic office furniture and accessories can help prevent strain and repetitive motion injuries. If your wrists ache or your neck is sore at the end of your workday, your posture may be part of the problem. An office chair that allows you to adjust the seat and arm height, an ergonomic keyboard mount, and an adjustable laptop stand can help.
Add some personality to your home office
Brighten up your space
Natural light in your home office can reduce headaches, eyestrain and blurred vision, as well as boost your alertness and increase your productivity and well-being. If a window isn’t an option, add an adjustable desk lamp or upward-shining floor lamp to minimize glare and soften harsh light.
Personalize to your taste
Make your workspace warm and inviting. Hang up photographs and colourful artwork or turn on some music to create an inspiring and inviting space. Just try to keep personal touches as professional as possible if you’ll be attending virtual meetings.
Research shows that plants can increase happiness and productivity and they can also remove toxins from the air, increase humidity around your desk, and add flair to your workplace.
Set up your perfect home office in seven easy steps
A productive and comfortable home office has become essential for many Canadians currently working from home – but not everyone has a spare room or dedicated workspace for taking calls and virtual meetings. Regardless of your work from home reality, these simple and practical tips will help you create a home office that suits you perfectly.
These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and Desjardins Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.