Unlike bread-baking and bird-watching, the rise of remote working was more than just a flash-in-the-pan trend of the pandemic’s resulting lockdowns. Since the initial need for teleworking, remote job roles have become more frequent and are now being seen as a permanent shift in our cultural landscape with roles more frequently being advertised as remote or semi-remote.
This has changed the way we look at our homes. The potential utility of spare rooms is being scrutinised more carefully, with the need for a professional space at home becoming increasingly important. While many were happy to originally work from their sofa or kitchen table, understanding that the situation was temporary, there is a need for dedicated spaces in the long term.
If you are considering a remote working position or would like to understand how your home can better adapt to your professional teleworking needs, then we have the tips for you. Drawing from interior designers and remote working specialists, here is everything you need to know about creating a professional space at home.
If a professional role is going to be performed at home, there must be a space that can accommodate its needs. Temporary solutions, such as dining areas, are not suitable for employees because there are other demands that are placed upon a role. Storage and equipment, for example, are important and typically require dedicated furniture, such as filing cabinets.
Some may only require a desk space to operate, using a portable computer and keeping their files online. However, there is also the need for utilities, such as power points and internet coverage, which are much easier to consolidate in a single area and make for a more professional workstation.
The separation between personal and professional space can be challenging when both occur within a single property. It is an important consideration for two reasons. Firstly, it is psychologically important for an individual to distance themselves from professional environments when not working or else they are likely to find themselves entangled in professional responsibilities beyond their working hours. This is why many are now choosing to build outbuildings and log cabins in their gardens, so as to have a space that is entirely separate from their home.
Distance is also important for privacy. Professional environments should be free from distractions, which can be challenging. Having a space that is divided from other parts of a home, either by walls or doors, is extremely useful, especially for shared living spaces, since it will reduce the likelihood of distractions occurring, as well as reduce noise between spaces.
Working at home should be comfortable or else they face the potential of inhibiting workflow. If chairs or facilities are not accessible and comfortable over the period of a day, then they become a hurdle in professional accomplishments and will drastically affect output.
When designing a teleworking space at home, care should be taken to ensure that individuals will be comfortable throughout the day. Residential homes are more likely to be affected by significant environmental changes, such as external noise and changes in weather,