Let’s face it: Working from home is a dream come true for many professionals, but it doesn’t come without challenges. While we lose the distractions of watercooler conversations and noisy deskmates, it can be replaced by the temptation to fold laundry, wash dishes and complete that to-do list we’ve been ignoring. As the desire for a virtual workforce increases, so should the attention to design optimal work-from-home spaces. One of the main benefits of virtual working is improved work-life balance, as employees don’t waste time commuting.
Working virtually is only growing in popularity. Some 50% of employees said that they now work outside their company’s main location for at least half the working week or more, according to research by IWG. And, for 70% of people, a choice of work environment is a key factor when evaluating new career opportunities.
I’ve studied interior design and the psychology behind the seven elements of interior design: space, line, form, light, color, texture and pattern. And, believe me when I say, you will be a better employee if you design your space with intention. I have listed four easy steps to follow if you want to make the most out of your work-from-home space.
Alanna Tierson is an Internal Recruitment Consultant at WilsonHCG.