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How to setup your home office during COVID-19

March 18, 2020

Words by Sebastian Rumore 

As cloud technologies have increased the possibility of remote working, we can now log into our workspaces from anywhere at anytime. As the Coronavirus pandemic increases, more companies  are allowing their employees to work from home and for some this will mean for the very first time.

Research from Ikea, showed that one in four people now work from home; more than ever before. For many of us this means splitting work between a traditional office and the home. Working from home can eliminate occupational stressors such as long commutes and office politics.

However, in the home, the traditional support structures of the office don’t exist; if a home isn’t suitable for work remote work can actually lead to more stress.

To see if your home is suitable for work, consider what Ikea researchers call the five ‘emotional needs’ of home, to see if your home can handle the workload:

Security

This isn’t just about financial security or deadbolts. “Security is about feeling safe and grounded wherever you are.”

Privacy

This is about having control over a space that allows you to disconnect. One of the challenges for people who work from home can be turning off at the end of the day. Try designate work space and work hours, to avoid work spilling into the rest of your life.

Ownership

Ensure you have a level of control of your space. If your home is crowded or noisy, working from home might add to your stress levels.

Belonging

Do you feel a part of something, and accepted for who you are? this is important to most people, so a sense of belonging at your workplace can add to the overall satisfaction with your work.

Comfort

If you feel at ease in your surroundings this means you are comfortable. However, don’t let a sense of comfort allow you to get distracted, lazy or complacent if you work from home. Challenge is important for maintaining interest in your work.

 

 

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