For a long time, the ability to work from home was reserved for the lucky and privileged few, those who had supportive employers or who found a way to do it on their own. However, the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed this.
At first, companies were required to have their employees work from home whenever and wherever possible as part of stay-at-home orders. Still, many more, including big names such as Google, Twitter, and Zillow have decided to allow employees to work from home longer term. Some studies suggest that around 20 percent of companies will implement permanent work-from-home policies for their employees moving forward.
The circumstances that have brought this change are tragic, but many people have been arguing for years that they can do their jobs from home. Now they have proof that it’s not only possible but, in some circumstances, much better than other setups since it can often lead to an improvement in productivity and engagement.
Successfully working from home requires you to set up a good home office or working space, which requires a bit more than you might initially think. Here’s everything you need to know to set up a workspace that will allow you to thrive.
Pros and Cons of Working from Home
Before going into the specifics of how you should set up your office, it’s useful to review some of the pros and cons of working from home, as these will help highlight some of the challenges you may face in this new environment and how you can combat them with good design.
The main benefits of working from home include: