Creating the Best Work From Home Setup

Author: Tyler Cox

For many of us, the way we work has changed dramatically. Whereas not long ago, we commuted to the company office building and spent the day working in a cubicle farm, today, our commute likely involves a 15-foot walk from the kitchen to our home office.

recent Gallup poll found that as many as 33 percent of U.S. workers are doing their jobs from home on a full-time basis, with another 25 percent doing so at least part of the time. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. workers working remotely in the last few months of 2020 would like to continue to do so.

Although the lack of a commute and the freedom from having a boss continually looking over your shoulder are just a couple of the benefits of working from home, there's one that's often overlooked: The ability to create a work-from-home setup of your dreams. Although we certainly might be able to bring in a plant and a few pictures of the kids to decorate our desk at the office, working from home gives us the freedom to outfit our home office just the way we like it.

With that in mind, let's take a look at some creative ways to ensure the best home office setup for remote work.

LET THE SUNSHINE IN

A 2017 study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that workers whose home office setup included an abundance of natural light reported better quality sleep than those who worked in windowless surroundings. Their productivity levels were higher, they felt more rested and alert, and they made fewer mistakes at work.

If possible, locate your home office in a location with windows. Just make sure you position your computer monitor, so it doesn't reflect the sun's glare.

 

KEEP IT SIMPLE

Many were forced to abruptly shift from the office to a home office set up at the kitchen table or in their bedroom corner. Unfortunately, that often resulted in a chaotic space that made it difficult to focus on the tasks at hand. Now that you've settled into a routine, take some time to find a dedicated space free of clutter and distractions. It might be a spare bedroom, a dedicated room in the basement, or even an unused closet.

While you're at it, keep your desktop free of everything except your computer, telephone, an inbox tray, and maybe a plant or a few photos. Keep the walls free of sticky notes or other distractions, and eliminate the dusty hole-puncher and any other tool you never use.

 

BUILD IT FOR COMFORT

The best home office setup is one where you can work comfortably for the entire day. Make sure your desk and the computer monitor are at the proper height and that you have sufficient lighting to avoid eyestrain.

One of the most important aspects of a home office setup is your chair. Avoid borrowing a kitchen chair for your office. If you can afford it, invest in a professional office chair. Top chairs sell for anywhere from $600 and up, but it's possible to find a decent chair for around $150. Whatever you choose, make sure it features adjustable height.
 

HAVE THE RIGHT TECHNOLOGY

Although there's no definitive standard of what makes the best work from home setup, there is one productivity-enhancing feature common to each: the right work from home tools. Nothing is more frustrating than participating in an online video conference with equipment that's not up to the task, whether it be stuttering video, muffled audio, or a rat's nest of cables under your desk.

If you're going to be spending the foreseeable future working from home, or even if you'll only be doing it on a part-time basis, invest in equipment that will keep you at the top of your game. Or better yet, see if your company will provide that equipment to its remote workers.

If you're working from home and need some advice on choosing the technology that's right for you, consult the Yamaha UC experts. We're here to help!