12 Jan Home Offices in 2021
It looks as though last year (2020) has put in motion a seismic change in the way companies do business in the UK. The Lockdown in March 2020 forced many businesses to adopt a more remote way of working in order to survive and, with most of the general public confined to work from home, the home office took on a more prevalent place in the home.
So, with 2021 starting with a rather strict lock down and no real light at the end of the tunnel, we are seeing the home office transform from a temporary space to a more permanent fixture. As a leading commercial office fit-out firm we are perfectly place to offer you some advice on how to make the best of your workspace.
For employers with premises, now could be the perfect time to update your office to accommodate your teams ready for the ‘new normal’; so, if you would like to speak to a member of our expert team about your requirements, make sure you get in touch on 01344 303504 or email us.
So how do you integrate your workspace into your home?
Working in a sterile, neutral office for eight hours all day every day is a thing of the past. Remember your home office is in your home, so make it feel that way. There is no reason your little corner of professionalism can’t blend in with the rest of your home décor.
There are two trains of thoughts when it comes to home office decoration.
You can make your workspace blend in with your home so that it becomes invisible when you aren’t working, this removes the constant reminder that work is where you live and stops you from being to check your emails before bed.
Alternatively, you could make your workspace a unique area in your home; dedicated to the purpose of work. Make sure you include bright colours and personalisation and anything else that you can’t have at your employer’s office – create your perfect office environment.
The key thing to remember is that your office is likely to become a semi-permanent fixture in your home and so it’s worth investing the time and money to make it work for you.
Scientifically, having plants in your home is beneficial as (according to NASA) they can remove up to 87% of air toxins in a 24-hour period. As they absorb carbon dioxide, they release oxygen making your working environment a little more pleasant than the recirculated air you get from office HVAC systems.
Aside from the scientific benefits, plants will bring colour and calm to your work space. During the lock down last year, many people were stuck in their homes without access to outdoor space; bringing plants into the home and making sure you have plenty of natural light can actually improve your productivity levels too. We have always recommended having plants in the office, but this year it’s looking like it might be an even more important addition to your home office.
Get Zoom Ready
Before the lock down, the word Zoom was simply a fun onomatopoeia for something moving quickly. Now, it’s become a verb – “we’ll Zoom this afternoon”. Its not until you see yourself on a video call that you realise that the camera can pick up all the clutter behind you.
As your home office becomes more of a permanent fixture in your home, you’ll want to make sure that your background is professional and personal. A video call while working from home gives you the opportunity to share a bit of your personal life with your colleagues and clients.
Working from home full-time can be extremely challenging; when the first lock down was enforced in March 2020, we offered some top tips for working from home to help you get settled and productive.
Get in Touch
If you are looking at modifying your office space in anticipation of normality returning to the world, make sure you speak to a member of our team about your workplace requirements on 01344 303504 or email us.
We are experts in commercial office fit-out so, whether you are looking for a major overhaul or simple alterations to your existing workspace, get in touch. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.