All the indications are that work-from-home will be around for a lot longer than we expected when we first entered COVID lockdown mode. Michael Gove and the rest of the cabinet team want us to work at home if we can to help contain the virus. The emphasis seems to be on ‘home’ bit of ‘work from home’ they are not recommending using a shared office like ‘We Work ‘ as a convenient compromise. Indeed the shared office space boom is becoming a victim of the pandemic along with many other old-style work patterns. Sharing office space with a dozen other freelancers is not any healthier than trudging into a Canary Wharf office suite. The We Work business model has taken a bad bruising and rents are not being paid on time. 20% of We Work’s office space in New York – its biggest market – is empty and not showing any signs of improving.
It seems obvious to me and many other business pundits that the optimum solution is to perform the actual work from your physical home but the combine this with a fully functional ‘Virtual office‘. So if we are going to work from our home we need to make the workspace as efficient and as comfortable as we can. So where should you be investing your attention and your money in bringing your home office up to speed?
Here are some essential items that will give your work-from-home set up an ergonomic and, of course, aesthetic upgrade.
1| L-Shaped Desk
Your desk is the centre of your dedicated work station, and a quality work table will do wonders for your work-from-home productivity. Finding the best desk depends on the space, budget, and personal preference, but one type of desk I highly recommend is an L-shaped desk. It’s big enough to handle a PC, laptop, notebooks, printer, and plenty more besides.
2| Luxury Chair Makes Work-From-Home a Pleasure
The chair is everything. Sitting on a Monoblock for 12 hours a day might just give you scoliosis, so give yourself a break and invest in one very comfy and very luxurious wheely chair. It might hurt your wallet, but at least it won’t hurt your back. Don’t just grab the first chair you find at Rymans or Ikea search around for something stylish. Perhaps a classic Eames office chair that you see in many office film sets? It’s a classic in design and very comfortable. If your sitting position is important ten maybe visit a specialist back chair shop and try what is most comfortable for you. Remember, you are your own human resources department. When you work-from-home you decide your own office style and function.
3| Wide Monitor – Keep Multiple Projects on the Go.
The power of a big monitor is underrated. Even if it isn’t hooked up to a PC and just an extension of your laptop screen, having a wide view of all your tasks and windows can make you feel as if you’re on top of the situation. Samsung, LG and all the usual culprits will sell you something to dazzle your family and friends and work on several projects at once.
4| Sleek Keyboard
Go for something sleek with a good clunky feel to the keys so that you feel a satisfying click as you work. In my experience, the keyboards that come as part of a PC deal are cheaply made and not ergonomic. Visit the big retailers like Curry’s or PC world that have a good selection of keyboards or the tech department of Selfridge or John lewis will let you see what are available at different price points.
5| Soft Light For Bright ideas
Bad lighting can make your headache worse, and you don’t need that to happen if you’re already sitting in front of a computer screen half the day. Soft light is the answer to your troubles. It’s bright enough to do the job, but not strong enough to glare into your eyes when you’re feeling drowsy. Maybe this is the time to check out the Philips lighting system that you can control to get exactly the hue and power to suit your needs when you work-from-home.
6| Docking station
Too many wires and plugs all over the place can affect your focus and therefore your productivity. Clean up your connectivity with a simple docking station that does the job of getting rid of clutter. If you use a Macbook for example, there are some very slick docking stations you can hook into to free up space and give you extra USB points. Browse online to find the best docking station for your type of computer and then do a price comparison to get a good deal.. But, you already know this, you are an entrepreneur which is why you are following our blog.
Be your own Barista
You can make your work-from-home cup of coffee as stylish as any top coffee lounge in London by buying a good quality coffee maker. You can grab a capsule system from Amazon or visit a specialist barista supply shop if you really value your morning cappuccino. Pair the coffee with a few chocolate beans or a cantucci for a better than Cafe Nero experience.
If you allow yourself the finest in home office equipment then you will match the high-quality equipment and services we use to work efficiently as your virtual office.