The smart way to work from home

Working from home is encouraged by large corporations under the guise of well-being and promoting trust; but the cynical view is that whilst you may reduce carbon footprint the business can manage with a smaller space and less computers, furniture, facilities etc. whilst you pay for the power and broadband, writes Vanessa Brady

Working from home is encouraged by large corporations under the guise of well-being and promoting trust; but the cynical view is that whilst you may reduce carbon footprint the business can manage with a smaller space and less computers, furniture, facilities etc. whilst you pay for the power and broadband.
Statistics of the places where people operate a mobile device at home show that many work from their bed, but more, take their tablet with them to the bathroom!

We need some basic rules for working in the home as well as keeping the home a home.

An important point to me as a designer is that you need office-storage, a good chair and target lighting but most importantly, a dedicated space within some form of open plan or traditional study is a must.

You also need good posture not an armchair. Choose the best support chair you can find, with lumbar support. There is always storage in bathrooms for toiletries, bedrooms for clothes and the kitchen for food, utensils and crockery; you don’t need storage to work on a laptop report, but you do need it to store original documents and some equipment, printers, scanners and all the other items when friends visit, not just for switching off, but for privacy.

These simple rules provide a ‘work from home’ environment but ensure that the home has priority over work. It may sound simple but many tenants comment that they do not have storage in the home for office stuff.

Designers must incorporate storage and surface space for home-office use among their essentials to help landlords let their properties quickly.

Tips for living and working in a stress-free open plan home:
• Ensure that all files, documents and notes are cleared from worktop surfaces and put away into cupboards when you are relaxing or friends visit. This simple rule provides you with a care-free respite to switch off
• Designate a tower unit in a kitchen or in your sitting room just for private documents and work folders. This will keep all of your items in one place and will help you to prioritise the workload in file trays etc. to pull out and put away with ease
• Keeping a clear surface just for your mobile device or desktop and the surrounding area
completely clear of clutter will form a healthy work-life balance and discipline

Dr Vanessa Brady OBE
International Interior Designer, SBID CEO
www.vanessa-brady.com
www.sbid.org