With more people than ever working from home, the country has never been so interested in creating the perfect domestic office. Ideally, you need somewhere conducive to productivity and creativity while simultaneously letting you maintain a reasonable work-life balance.
Designing a space in which you’ll thrive, though, isn’t as straightforward as you might imagine. It takes skills, cunning, and knowledge of the underlying science. So how do you do it?
Add Green To Your Spaces
The New University of Technology in Sydney recently conducted work on the effects of plants in offices on various parameters of interest for companies. Their data suggest that bringing greenery into the office can cut fatigue by 38 percent, reduce hostility by 44 percent, and slash anxiety by 37 percent. The changes were so significant that the authors noted that adding just a single plant per workplace could promote wellbeing and counteract burnout substantially.
Make The Space More Private
Open-plan offices were all the rage over the preceding two decades, but recent evidence suggests that they might not be all they’re cracked up to be. For instance, firms that switch to more open formats typically see a reduction in client satisfaction and falls in productivity. Furthermore, The Scandinavian Journal On Environmental Health found that occupants sharing offices also had more sick days – a particularly important data point given the coronavirus concerns. And a Gensler survey found that more than half of employees working in open offices were regularly disturbed by others’ activities.
Home offices suffer similar issues: the less private they are, the more distractions and the harder it is to get into a state of flow. Putting a do-not-disturb sign in the door and wearing noise-canceling headphones may help shut out the outside world.
Leverage Natural Daylight
The science of office productivity indicates that daylight is critical for keeping workers’ circadian rhythms in check. Regular artificial, fluorescent lights are not an adequate substitute.
A study by researchers at the Charité University Medicine, Institute of Physiology in Hamburg, for instance, found that workers felt substantially more alert when artificial bulbs mimicked the type of wavelengths produced by the sun throughout the day. Likewise, investigators at Cornell University discovered that workers preferred uplit conditions compared to downlighting.
Ergonomics may make a big difference in how effectively you can work remotely. The more physically awkward your working position, the less likely you will work productively, and more pain you will experience throughout the working day. Figures from the OHSA, for instance, reveal that workplace ergonomic injuries cost the US economy between $45 and $54 billion per year.
To solve ergonomic issues, choose a swivel chair with height-adjust. Put it in a position that allows you to bend your arms at 45 degrees while typing. And invest in flexible work solutions, such as standing desks that allow you to change position during the day.
If you’re stuck, CIH Design can design a space where you’ll thrive and get more done. It could be the best investment you ever made in your remote work environment.