Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic forced many office workers to work remotely, the concept of working from home (WFH) has become a normal part of our vernacular. While many have returned to the office, a lot of workers are still working a hybrid schedule and some are still full time remote. If you are in this type of working situation, you know just how important it is to have a good WFH setup in order to maximize your productivity. Here’s how to set up your space so you can get your work done efficiently while at home.
Ergonomic Office Chair
Slumping over your keyboard for hours on end will have a serious impact on your body’s health. You might already start feeling your shoulders, back, or knees, so it’s really important to get a good ergonomic chair that will provide you with support and help avoid sending you straight to the physical therapist. You should also try getting up and moving every half hour to hour in order to keep your body moving.
If you find yourself in a mid-afternoon productivity slump because your mood is declining, adding some soft lighting could make a huge difference. Studies have shown that natural lighting as well as warm, cozy lighting improves mental health throughout the day. Dimly lit work spaces can strain your eyes and lead to blurry vision, headaches, and even fatigue.
If you find yourself stretching your wrists and hands because they’ve been hurting, it might be because of the keyboard you’re using. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a serious risk for a lot of office workers, and it’s really no walk in the park. If you get an ergonomic keyboard, you’ll be more likely to increase your comfort and avoid straining your hands and wrists, which will help you stay focused and on-task instead of being distracted by pain.
Good Quality Desk
Let’s face it, you’ll be spending a lot of time sitting at your desk, so that’s why it’s critical that it’s a good quality one that you also love. Make sure it’s at a good height to avoid straining your back. You can also looking into desks that can adjust their height, so you can alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day in order to avoid any physical issues that can arise from sitting down for too long.
Mood Boosting Plant
Don’t ignore the fact that adding some knick-knacks and decor can make a huge different in your office area, whether at a communal office or at your home office. Consider adding a mood boosting plant, studies have shown that they can make an impact on your health both physically and mentally. Not only do plants filter the air around you, they add a pop of life and color to a space that could otherwise feel very sterile and cold. One study showed that bringing plants into a work space can actually increase productivity.