WORK FROM HOME PRIVILEGES- always an attention grabber in job descriptions. I remember the first time this was announced in our office. Everyone was in high spirits about the fact of not driving to work once a week on the day of our own choosing. The vision of working in your pajamas, with the freedom to work wherever you wish in the house is just unreal. Couch? Dining table? Kitchen Island? Garage? It does not matter. I guess I am only limited by my wifi's reach.
A couple of days into working from home you will realize that you will need more privacy after all. You need a place that isolates you from disturbances of family living. It is better to find a dedicated room or quiet corner to get stuff done.
In planning for your home office, there are 5 key design points you should ponder on: location, style, furniture and storage, technology and lighting. Location then style should be the first things to make up your mind on to achieve cohesiveness in your workspace after everything is said and done.
Location is largely dictated by what is needed and what is available. If you are always on conference or client calls, you need a zero noise environment. Choose an area well away from the hubs of the home. Assess your needs according to usage. Is the office going to be used by one person only, or shared by spouse or by a group like the entire family? After answering that, you can scan in your mind the whole house. Do you have an available dedicated office, or dual-purpose office or put- away office or an awkward space that might just work.
For me, the fun part is picking the style. There are a lot of styles to choose from with the play of mixing elements from traditional to modern, old to new, minimalist to maximalist. There are infinite possibilities for anything in between. Just infinite. But don’t get lost and baffled what to pick with all those Pinterest boards you built up for days. Start by deciding on the basic style then fuse other elements as you go. It is just like painting, you always start with a base color. In my next blog posts I will share to you a style wheel and a style quiz to help you figure out these things.
One of the significant purchases in a home office would be the furniture and storage. You should be both careful and creative on this one. First on the list would be the desk then desk seating, quick access storage, occasional seating, permanent storage and waste bins. Quick access storage means desk organizers where it keeps items you frequently use in arms reach.
Nowadays, a PC or laptop is all you need to get going. Just ensure you buy a laptop with the right specifications for your work needs and you will have technology needs squared out.
When planning your office lighting, make sure there is enough number while accounting for natural light on both sunny and gloomy days. You would need both general lighting and task lamps. Light fittings in the ceiling, spot lamps or recessed ceiling fittings are considered general lighting for an office.
Stay tuned for the rest of the blog series as we delve deeper on Home Office 101.