The way we work is changing!
Whether it is corporates adopting a flexible work system or a new crop of millennial entrepreneurs, working from home does not raise eyebrows anymore. The concept led to the rise of home offices – a small cosy nook in the corner of the room, or a full study with ornate wood. The comfort and flexibility that working from home allows, comes as a boon especially to new parents, ensuring they can maintain a healthy work-life balance. Also, mobility at workforce has propelled the popularity of home offices.
Designing a working space at home nowadays is not limited to only selecting a work desk and chair, but creating an environment that boosts productivity. The perfect home office has to both answer the needs of the business, as well as match design sensibilities of the individual.
The Perfect Space
It is advisable to dedicate an entire room to work, as it provides more privacy and helps concentrate better. It will also aide in minimising any other unwanted disturbance. If one has to share space with another room, make sure it is convenient & away from distractions like television. Also, if one’s work is customer facing, ensure that the space is ideal to accommodate visitors and clients.
The Perfect Furniture
Equipping the workplace with correct furniture that improves efficiency is one of the most important aspects to be considered. While personal preference and budget are definitely to be considered, multi-functional and ergonomic furniture could blend well with the space. Ergonomic furniture not only increases productivity, but also has health benefits as it allows better posture & reduces stress. In addition, investing in multipurpose furniture saves both space and cost by efficiently performing more than one functions. Investing in a compact workstation, that supports form and function both, can prove to be a worthy asset.
The Perfect Lighting
Lighting has an indirect effect on our productivity. Dim lights can often lead to lethargy whereas a very bright atmosphere may distract an individual from concentrating. Adjustable table lamps especially are a must for any home office, as replicating industrial lighting at home could be difficult. Also, a productive work space should have ample natural light for optimum efficiency.
The Perfect Colour Palette
Colours play a vital role in setting the perfect mood, whether for leisure or work. Muted shades like grey, beige and brown when used independently may produce feelings of depression or dullness, but when mixed with bright and vibrant colours, can help reinvent any gloomy space. Vibrant colours could be introduced to one’s work space via wall paint, quirky furniture or accessories. A statement piece of furniture with bold colours or a colourful mix of quirky desk accessories can elevate any work space. A lively work area can even help boost energy levels and make work interesting.
One of the most overlooked aspect while designing home offices is storage. Organised documents help accomplish any activity with minimum wastage of time. Finding the right shelves, filing cabinets, drawers etc. should be given the same time as your work desk and chair.
The desired outcome of encouraging trends like working from home is to cultivate an environment which is flexible and efficient. However, if care is not taken to create the perfect working environment, the actual reality can be far from idyllic and may lead to frustration on both ends – the employee and employer. While the factors that decide whether working from home is productive are multi-fold, a well-designed home office can go a long way in motivating an individual to take the big plunge.
|About the Author|
Umesh Rao is the Founder and CEO of Vector Projects (I) Pvt. Ltd and the driving force behind the company’s expansion and development. Established in 2001, Vector Projects provides end-to-end interior turnkey solutions in the residential and commercial space including modular workstations and chairs.
A first generation entrepreneur, Rao holds a degree in Civil Engineering with 25 years of experience in office infrastructure and interior fit-outs coupled with profound knowledge about the industry. Prior to establishing Vector Projects, he was a part of renowned organisations such as Tata Exports, ICICI Bank and 3i Infotech and was also responsible for setting-up office spaces of 15,00,000 sq.ft of area for the latter two companies.
With a strong sense of business acumen, Rao has set-up Artmatrix – a leading brand in Modular Furniture and Chairs in Malaysia in 2005.