Working from home? Here are tips on how to create a functional work space

By Fay Ngina | Wednesday, Mar 25th 2020 at 10:56
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As cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continue to rise, companies have asked the majority of their employees to work from home in a bid to curb the spread of the disease.

In Kenya, despite the Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe ordering businesses to allow their employees to work remotely, some have declined as most of them are casual workers.

However, as employees are adapting to working from home, some still find it challenging.

Creating a functional working space is not as hard; here as some of the ways you can ensure your workspace at home is conducive.

A good desk and chair

One of the most important things to consider when you are working from home is the chair and the desk you'll be using. A good chair can ensure you don't break your back or tire easily. Choose a chair and a comfortable desk; otherwise, you'll hate working from home.

Minimal interruptions

The last thing you want is to be interrupted when you are working remotely. Having kids at home, especially now that institutions have been closed, can cause you a lot of distractions. To avoid this, make sure that your kids have something to do. Engage them in some online learning or even games to keep them busy. Also, if you don't have a home office, choose a room where you can lock yourself to reduce the distractions.

Good lighting

There's nothing more frustrating than straining your eyes when working from home. Choose a corner or a setting with proper lighting if you have the option. If your work requires you to do meetings online, e.g., on Zoom, choose an area that brings you natural light; otherwise, your colleagues might struggle to see you.

Decorate your working space

You don't want to get bored when you are working from home. Putting up inspirational quotes or artworks around your working space can make it easier for you. However, don't put up too much decorating that will cause distractions.

Look for a way to keep time

If you don't create a working plan, you might overwork yourself. Have a way you can track time to know when to take a break. It's easy for time to pass by when you are working remotely, and before you know it, you've been working for over 12 hours. Whether you'll choose to hang a wall clock, or set up an alarm, find a way to track time. 

Equip your working space

Depending on what kind of work you do, consider what equipment you'll require. If you are a designer, consider all the tools you'll need and keep them in place; otherwise, you'll struggle to find them when you are trying to beat a client's deadline. Make sure your working space is well organized to help you work efficiently. Arrange your equipment at the end of the day in a way you won't struggle to find them in case the need arises.

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