Make working from home just the job for you
Liz Connor gathers some expert tips for staying organised and inspired
Working from home has plenty of benefits: there's no stressful commuting, no uncomfortable work uniform, and solid time where you can get your head down to some focused working without your colleagues interrupting you during a tea round.
It's no wonder then, that demand for flexible working is increasing in the UK. According to the powwownow 2017 flexible working survey, three-quarters of UK employees would favour a job that gives them the option of flexible work schedules.
There are positive aspects for businesses too. Employers can retain the best staff and maintain diversity in the workplace - particularly for people who have home responsibilities, such as parents and carers - by offering schemes that allow workers to better manage their work and life commitments.
That said, the reality of working from home isn't always as easy as it sounds. Without the communal obligation to get stuff done, and the lure of distractions like Netflix, it can also be all too easy to let your productivity slip.
Here, Philip Booth, a wellness in the workplace expert with Cluttons (cluttons.com), shares top tips for facing home working this autumn.
1. Set up a positive working space:
"Create a space that you enjoy being in, and one that will inspire and motivate you. For example, decorating the space with neutral colours, flowers and photos of loved ones may help it feel less like work and more like your own personal sanctuary."
2. Create an ergonomic work station: "Bad posture at your desk can lead to long-term injuries, so take the time to set up a space that you feel comfortable in."
3. Keep connected: "Good connectivity is essential for broadband speeds and will ensure you are contactable and able to meet work deadlines."
4. Take breaks: "Try to remain active as without the commute to the office, it may be harder to find the time to move about. Doing some lunchtime exercise is a great way to keep you focused on the task at hand."
5. Maintain a healthy diet: "Having the freedom of your own kitchen can result in bad diet choices. Staying hydrated and eating healthy snacks, such as fruit and nuts, will keep your energy levels high throughout the day."