Nowadays, increasing numbers of employers are switching their teams to remote working contracts. This is the result of the pandemic, where many people had no option other than to work from home. Some employers have decided to continue this mode of working, even once restrictions have been lifted, as this better suits them and their employees. Them through reduced operating costs. Their employees through reduced commuting time and costs. Here are some steps you can take to create a great workspace if you are continuing as a remote worker.
A Home Office
The first and most straightforward way to work when you’re a remote worker is to create some sort of home office for yourself. If you have a spare room, or a room that you don’t use much for its original intended purpose (such as a snug or a games room), this can be repurposed into a home office. You can invest in ergonomically designed furniture and equipment, such as a desk, spinny chair, back supports, foot rests and more to ensure that the space is safe and comfortable to work in. If you don’t have a spare room, you should dedicate part of another appropriate room to work. For example, you may want to work from your dining table. Where possible, avoid working from the sofa or bed, as these spaces may not support you as well and should also be associated with rest rather than work. You may also want to create boundaries with your family or housemates when you’re occupying your working space, ensuring that you aren’t interrupted or distracted when you’re trying to focus.
Co-working, or “communal working” spaces, are a relatively new phenomenon. Put simply, they are environments that have been specially designed for individuals from various different companies to work from. A coworking space will usually take an office format and have shared facilities, services and tools that can all contribute to productive and positive work. There are a number of ways that people engage with these spaces. Some small scale enterprises and businesses will use these spaces for all of their staff, as sharing the office space can help to cut costs and overheads in comparison to renting an entire office space independently. Nowadays, with rises in remote workers, many individual remote workers will rent office space in coworking facilties. This can provide a professional feeling space to work from and offer interaction with others, which many employees miss when working from their own homes.
If you find that you aren’t enjoying the remote working lifestyle, you may want to discuss this with your employer. They may be able to offer some element of in-office work for you. Alternatively, you may want to seek out another role that offers full time in-office work.
As you can see, things are changing in the world of work, and you could easily find yourself needing to find and create your own workspace. Hopefully, some of the options above can tick your boxes well!
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