So your boss decided to follow research supporting the premise that telecommuting has as many benefits for the business as the employee. One of these benefits PC World journalist Logan G. Harbaugh suggested was instrumental in convincing employers to be open minded when it comes to working from home is that working from home creates happier employees.
Oddly enough, the federal government was years ahead of the private sector on this one. It took an Internet explosion and a few dozen studies to convince private enterprise.
Now that you have finished your webinar training, mastered live chat and know everything there is to know about teleconferencing and remote product support, it’s time to prep your home for the change. You could just go to a local office supplies store and get furniture, but here are a few other options that can help make your work space or home office more personal and inviting.
Flea market finds: Recycling and resurfacing
Instead of spending hundreds or thousands on a credenza, file cabinet and a corner desk, visit the local flea market and garage sales looking for unique pieces. If you have some experience with power tools and are willing to invest a weekend, you can transform just about anything into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind desk. Paint it white for a clean, sophisticated look or add some vibrant primary colors to perk up an otherwise drab room.
Internet and video
If you have small children consider making room for a portable TV and a child-friendly computer. Naturally you’ll need high-speed internet service provider to keep you connected to work. Don’t forget a set of headphones! Setting this up lets you connect your kids to online math tutors, educational videos and entertaining games while you work.
Bring the outdoors in
Bring the outdoors in with a living wall, similar to this department store installation.
Whether it is a tiny fish in a fishbowl, an ant farm or a flowering houseplant, natural elements are good for the soul. The Huffington Post recently reported there are multiple mental and physical benefits gleaned from having plants nearby. Citing several research projects and health experts, it says that people have better cognitive function, are more creative and have “brighter” dispositions when they share space with potted plants.
Want to try something healthy, energising and beautiful? Build a green wall for your home office. You can get some creative ideas and more information about living walls at freshome.com before you start brainstorming your personal vertical garden for your workspace.
Let your creativity flow like the great Niagra
Whether you are converting an alcove under the stairs or a corner in the basement, create a work environment that boosts performance and reflects your personal style. Use color, texture and shape to build a work space you want to run toward and not away from. Don’t be afraid to mix silk with burlap, pastels with fuchsia and schoolbus yellow and trailing ivy with bonsai if the mood strikes you.
Henry teaches business courses and ESL at his local community college.