Our stories | 15 April 2020

Setting up your perfect home office

Home office

The practice of flexible and remote working has long been heralded for its various associated benefits, from increased flexibility and improved work-life balance, to lower business overheads and increased productivity.

The latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicates that around one quarter of Australian workers work at least part of their time from home, with this number certain to skyrocket throughout 2020. 

If you’re currently working from home or set to start working more flexibly in the near future, it’s important to make sure that your workspace is set up for success. Here are our top tips for creating the perfect workspace in your home.

1.  Define your space

Working from the sofa or kitchen table might be fine for the odd day here and there, but if you’re working from home regularly it’s a good idea to have a clearly defined space that’s for work only. This will help you to stay focussed and avoid distractions, as well as switch off at the end of the day. If your home doesn’t have a separate study available, just make sure you set up your desk in a quiet area of your house or apartment.

2. Embrace ergonomics

Most traditional office spaces are equipped with furniture designed to support your back and minimise strain on your eyes during long work days. Your home office should be no different. Choose a desk that comes to around elbow height and a chair that is both comfortable and provides ample back support. When seated, your feet should rest comfortably on the floor with your thighs parallel. If working from a laptop, invest in a stand that brings your screen up to eye level.

3.  Go green

Not only are indoor plants a chic way to style your workspace, but they also contribute to a calmer environment, produce oxygen and help to filter the air in your home, which can help to improve focus and overall wellbeing.

If your track history with plants is less than ideal, we recommend going with easy care varieties like pothos, rubber plants and peace lilies.

4.  Make it feel like you

There’s nothing particularly inspiring about a plain white desk and a chair you borrowed from the dining table. Take some time to add your own personality and make your workspace visually appealing. It should be somewhere you enjoy going to each day, not somewhere that feels stark and lifeless. Hang some artwork above your desk, opt for a colourful chair, or decorate your shelves with personal trinkets. You have the freedom to make your workspace what you want it to be, so don’t be afraid to have some fun!   

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