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Working from Home – What You MUST Know
There are predictions that by 2020, as many as half of the working population could be working from home. Whether it is a bespoke designed home office or a laptop on the kitchen table, working from home in the UK looks set to revolutionise the workplace.
It sounds idyllic. No morning commute, no making coffee to find someone has had the last drop of milk, no office politics…
And yet, for some, working from home is the stuff of nightmares. Boring, dull and difficult, it may not be the ideal working venue for you.
But, if offered the opportunity to work from home some of the time, would you take it? Whether you choose to work 100% remotely or part-time hours from home, this is what you need to know about home working.
Working from Home and SPACE
It sounds a great solution but working from home means learning to use your home in a different way. It may be ‘OK’ to proofread a report on your laptop whilst snuggled on the couch but for long-term home working, you need to consider creating a space that you can call the ‘home office’.
It can be as simple as a desk and chair or, for those of you who want to make home working a permanent solution, a bespoke, fitted home study, complete with ample storage and ergonomic design is probably on the cards.
Working from Home and DISTRACTIONS
For some people, home working makes perfect, logical sense. For others, the home is awash with distractions from the need to vacuum everything to the phone ringing, people calling round and more.
The solution may be simpler than you think: creating a study or office space that entices you in and contains the right level of stimulation without being distracting. By having an ‘office with a door’, you have a more business-like feel to the room and the closing the door at the end of the working day is important for many people too.
Working from Home and BALANCE
For many people, ditching the morning commute along with long office hours is the answer to the work-life problem that many of us find ourselves locked in. But working from home may tip the balance in the wrong direction for some people.
With work piling up and deadlines not far away, it is tempting to work as and when you can, but at the expense of taking time away. Again, a bespoke home office can make all the difference, especially if you can draw a barrier across it at the end of the working day.
Working from Home and VALUE
For too long, employers and others saw home working as something of little value. This was mainly a trust issue. Out of sight, out of mind meant that as a home working employee, you would probably be doing anything but working.
This has, thankfully, started to change, in part as a result of bespoke home office spaces becoming part and parcel of the modern home.
The changing face of the British workforce means that home working could be part and parcel of the working culture here in the UK in the future. Is it something that would suit you?