According to a study by Deloitte, around one-third of employees in Switzerland work from home at least half a day a week. Half a day a week is still very modest for working from home. In the Netherlands, working from home has been official since 2015: Anyone who would like to work from home because of sick children or caring for relatives has a legal claim to so. The wonderful thing about working from home is that you have the freedom to set up your home office to suit your own taste and personal needs. To make your home office the perfect place for unbridled productivity and creative ideas, here are 6 tips for designing your home office.
1. Tip: Remove distractions and draw boundaries
Despite working from home, you should try to draw a clear line between work and living space. Of course, from time to time you can answer a few emails during your morning coffee at the kitchen table, but in the longer term, it makes sense to set up an office-like workplace. A room with a lockable door would be perfect for a home office. This makes it easier to work productively - away from distractions caused by everyday objects (TV, games consoles etc.), roommates or family. If you want to set up a home office, but currently have too little space, then placeB can help you. We provide storage for those items that currently make it impossible to create your home office.
Extra tip: If you don’t want to work from home but are dependent on a quiet job as a freelancer, you can always work in libraries in Switzerland’s larger cities. The city or the canton provides working spaces to the public free of charge. Another option is to rent a shared office space. There are various providers who rent centrally located workplaces in the city at a relatively low price.
2. Tip: Pleasant seating and good lighting
For your home office, comfortable seating and good lighting is essential. You will spend a good 8 hours at the office table and chair on a working-from-home day. The chair must offer support for your back and must not interfere with the work; for example, if the armrests are too high or something like that. On a good ergonomic chair, the seat height, armrest height, seat angle and backrest can be adjusted. When sitting on the chair, your knees and pelvis should be at a 90-100-degree angle and both feet should completely touch the ground. When the chair is moved to the office table, the upper and lower arms should form a right angle. If this is not the case, the height of the table top should be adjusted, if possible.
The lighting in the home office should be non-dazzling ceiling lighting that floods the room with soft light. This will give your home office a friendly and pleasant atmosphere. A flexible, adjustable desk lamp complements the lighting in your home office. For working on the screen or if you need indirect lighting, you can turn the desk lamp away but turn it back to read documents when needed.
3. Tip: Technically on the ball!
Your computer, printer, scanner, and your cell phone - these are the important things in your home office. Keep in mind that your internet connection's download and upload speed could also be important. If you need to download, receive or send larger files regularly, then the fastest possible internet connection is important. And don't forget, make sure you also have access to the important files and tools on your computer from home. Being on the technical side helps to make working from home as efficient and productive as possible.