In 2015, the United States Department of Labor estimated that more than 20 percent of all American workers did at least some of their work from home. By early 2017, this figure had climbed to more than 25 percent thanks to a combination of factors: employers are more keen to the idea of remote workers, and many professionals disappointed with low wages have taken up self-employment as freelancers or entrepreneurs working from home.
One of the greatest advantages of working from home is being able to design a personal workspace without constraints and restrictions from managers or coworkers. Here are a few design elements to consider when creating an ideal home office space.
The kitchen table is fine for work sessions that last about an hour or two. However, it is hardly ideal for eight-hour shifts. Ergonomic workspaces are worth every penny. They should, at the minimum, include a line-of-sight desk to reduce neck strain and a chair with lumbar support.
Safety and Security
Although hackers tend to enjoy going after major targets such as large companies, they will not hesitate to intrude a small business network if they detect an opportunity. Residential Wi-Fi networks shared with household members rarely provide the security needed to conduct business. For this reason, a better option would be to subscribe to an “office in the cloud” plan that allows remote VPN access and data encryption. Security also means proper coverage against potential risks. People who work from home should consult with their Chula Vista commercial insurance agents about adequate policies for their line of business.
Natural sunlight is the best option for a home office. Otherwise, LED standing and table lamps with various colors and dimming controls are also adequate. Brightness and illumination can be augmented with the right wall color scheme. Light green and blue colors may help individuals whose line of work involves significant focus and concentration. Eggshell white walls work for most people since they reflect light, but they can also be improved with an accent wall featuring a bright color.
Selecting a home office space that provides physical separation from the rest of the house is essential. Soundproofing material can help in many cases, but it is more important to explain to other members of the household that they should keep noise and interruptions to a minimum, particularly when the workspace lacks a door.
Not all amenities need to be distractions. In many cases, they can serve as inspiration and concentration aids. In 2012, researchers from the University of Dayton found that music pieces composed by Mozart had significant positive effects on students performing linguistic, spatial, and mathematical exercises. The same study revealed that students also reacted positively to instrumental jazz, rock, and electronic dance music, but many seemed to be distracted when listening to lyrics. Quite a few writers and programmers find that ambient sounds of cafés help them focus on their work. This is what clever apps such as Coffitivity provide.
If you run a business from home, it’s important to maintain adequate commercial insurance, and if you own your home you’ll also need to make sure you have homeowners insurance. Chula Vista residents can turn to American Tri-Star for their insurance needs. Give us a call today at 619-827-0522 to speak with one of our friendly agents.