As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak continues to spread many big companies are asking at least some of their employees to work from home as a precaution. Apple, Google, Chevron, Nestle, Amazon, Ford, Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook, Airbnb and Viacom are just some that have implemented a work from home policy.
Whether you occasionally take work home, run a small business out of your spare room, or are working from home due to the coronavirus, your home working environment is important and should be functional and inspiring.
Location, location, location
First off, select a location that suits your needs and your working style. Do you work best amid buzz and activity, or do you prefer a quiet space? Will clients be stopping by? If so, privacy and ample seating are essential.
The right colors
Colors can affect your mood, so give some thought to the surroundings. Some people feel energized in a bright, cheery environment. Others prefer to concentrate surrounded by cool, calming tones.
Add natural light
Give yourself a view and make sure your office has plenty of light. Natural light is best to reduce eyestrain and prevent headaches. Position the computer monitor to avoid glare from a window or overhead light fixture.
Space and comfort
Organize both vertically and horizontally. Give yourself plenty of storage space, including shelves, drawers, and bins. Don’t overlook uses for corners and nooks. Make sure your electronic equipment is close to outlets and easy to access. Invest in a good-quality, comfortable, ergonomically correct chair. If you’ll be spending many hours here, the added expense is well warranted.
Add some greenery
It’s been shown that plants reduce stress and increase productivity; plus, plants are an inexpensive way to add charm to a home office.
Don’t forget your pet
Lastly, don’t leave out your office pet. If your furry friends like to hang out in the office, a comfy bed or basket for your dog or cat is well worth building into your design.
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NextVision Sales Institute encourages all our clients, partners and communities to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to minimize the spread of COVID-19. For additional information on COVID-19 visit cdc.gov