Make Working from Home Work for You: Creating An In-Home Office Space
Are you still working from home due to COVID concerns? One major change we’ve seen in society since the beginning of this pandemic is the shift in employer mentality regarding remote workers and what they can do for business. More and more business owners are realizing that many, if not all, of their employees and staff can efficiently perform their job responsibilities from home, without the overhead of renting office space, paying for utilities and office supplies, etc. If you’re one of these employees, working from home probably seemed grand for the first few weeks.
Until, that is…is wasn’t.
If you weren’t prepared for, or accustomed to, working from home, it’s a big change, and it isn’t always easy. Many people don’t have a home office set up. If you have children, your work days might be more than a little chaotic as you balance conference calls, reports, and dealing with clients while shielding your computer from PB&J sandwiches and a game of football toss. Even if you don’t have kids at home during the work day, simply not having a space to designate for work can be draining. You feel like work never actually ends, as your kitchen table is now your desk and workspace as well.
While not everyone can designate an entire room to be an office, there are ways you can make an in-home workspace possible without spending a fortune on materials or furniture. Where should you start?
- Spare rooms. Do you have a guest room that is currently empty? What about a walk-in closet that doesn’t get much use? Look for any spare areas in your home that could be “loaned out” as an office for you. Small, modular desk systems are easy to customize for small spaces, so you could fit a corner workspace into that guest room, or turn that closet into your own office hideout. Thinking creatively is the best way to start.
- Getting creative with furniture. If you don’t have a spare room, putting a new spin on pieces of furniture is another great option. Look for a hutch or writing desk system that closes up. Placing something like this in a dining room, kitchen area, or even bedroom allows you a place to store work computers, materials, and more, but doesn’t leave it strewn about at the end of the day. You can closet the doors or lid, and visually “end” your work day.
- Check on your timing. If balancing kids and work is a struggle with your limited space. consider your schedule. Is there a way you could pack in more work hours early in the morning before your kids are awake and rolling? Could you create a designated “quiet” time that serves as a power hour for your job? Coming together as a family and working as a team where everyone is heard is the best way to make working from home go more smoothly.
Carroll Marshall Insurance knows this is an uncertain and unsettling time for many of our clients. From changes in your location of work, to worrying about finances and your assets, you need something that you don’t have to worry about. If you’re a Carroll Marshall client, your insurance is where you can enjoy peace of mind. We are here working behind the scenes to make sure you keep the best possible rates and premiums, while still protecting your family, your home, and the things you love most. Have questions about your coverage? We’re here for those too, with team members by the phone, ready to assist in whatever way we can. Give us a call and let us put your mind at ease.