Only one in three employees have set up their home office well, TNO research revealed last November. What does a good workplace look like?
In order to achieve a good home workplace, the place is important. A separate (attic) room is of course ideal, but that luxury is often not there. The bedroom often seems to be the only possibility. But how relaxed can you sleep with a view of your workplace?
Some creativity can offer a solution. For example, a (half-height) partition behind the bed can ensure that work and private remain separate. You can achieve the same effect by placing your desk behind a cabinet or cabinet wall.
But above all, look further. Maybe there‘s room in the kitchen? The heart of the house, yet out of sight of the places where you want to relax. Also a landing or large corridor can be an option.
What about the garden? More and more often people are converting a shed into a full-fledged garden room. There are even ready-made “office pods” that can be placed in your garden.
Plan enough space to store a laptop, writing pad, pen tray and possibly additional display and printer. A mood light next to your screen ensures that your eyes are relaxed and you become less tired.
Hang up a large bulletin or memo board for reminders or planning schedules that keep you on track. Or just for cosy photos
create lots of storage space. Trays will help to organize your things, and in a book or chest of drawers you can get rid of a lot. Work away wires and cords neatly. That looks nicer and brings peace.
Check if your floor is resistant to the rolling wheels of your office chair. Otherwise, you can use the wheels to roll waves in the floor covering in no time or scratch the wood.
Now that working at home remains the norm for the time being, ergonomics is one of the most important things to take into account. The correct setting of a good office chair is essential. Sit on it with your feet flat on the floor. A fist should fit between the popliteal fossa and the edge of the chair, and the upper and lower leg should be at an angle of 90 degrees.
If your shoulders “hang” relaxed, the forearms should land on the armrests at an angle of 90 degrees. This is the right desk height. If you cannot adjust the height of your table/desk, use a footstool.
The top of the monitor should form a straight line with your eyes and stand at a distance of about 60 centimeters. If you’re just using a laptop, choose a separate keyboard so you can set the screen to the correct height. To avoid reflection, it is best to place the display at right angles to a window. If this is not possible, hang a roller blind or other window coverings.
Sitting in the same position for too long is not good. So take a look at an electrically adjustable standing/seating desk. This allows you to stand and keep your body moving so that you feel better and perform better.
Scientific research shows that people looking for trees or other green plants during their work are 20% more productive. Green is also a good idea!