Successful and productive in home office: Here’s how!
The home office has become the normal state for many employees. With these tips, we’ll show you why the right workplace organization makes for successful hours in the home office!
Germany sits in the home office – at the latest since the Corona pandemic, working at home has enjoyed a higher priority. But not all employees set the course for ergonomic working. What are the tips to consider for successful hours in the home office?
Rest and ergonomics: The right workplace
The basis for productive work is the available equipment. This begins with the choice of space. A separate alcove is recommended in small apartments with little space – in the best case, however, the employee sets up a separate room.
There he can provide the necessary peace and quiet or, if desired, a little background music while working. For lighting, a pendant lamp that is not reflected in the computer screen and does not dazzle is suitable.
To avoid neck pain and tension, an ergonomic desk chair with a flexible backrest may move in. A height-adjustable desk can be adjusted precisely to one’s own posture. Occasionally working in a standing position is also possible at adjustable desks – and highly recommended in terms of health!
Structure and habit: The perfect organization
At home, an employee is quickly tempted to let work slide – or, conversely, works far beyond the end of the working day. To ensure that the work-life balance is maintained in the familiar environment, clear working and break times should be set. These are communicated to the other household members. During work, distractions such as the smartphone or sweets are kept out. If a separate room is used for the home office, the employee closes the door at these times.
Personal to-do lists, updated daily or weekly, also help establish structure. To successfully work from home, the proper attire should be worn. It doesn’t have to be the suit or the fancy suit, but there is less motivation in sweatpants or even pajamas. It is better to wear comfortable denim pants with a turtleneck sweater.
Support and exchange: The hot line to the company
Legally, employers are responsible for the compliance of working hours and health protection of their employees in the home office. In practice, this is fuzzy: An ergonomic desk chair does not necessarily have to be financed by the employer. However, the boss is clearly responsible for the necessary technology, including data protection. It must be ensured that sensitive data is not disclosed to third parties. Company-owned laptops and/or USB sticks are used for this purpose.
To maintain contact with colleagues, employees should arrange to take breaks together. If they live nearby, a walk is possible – alternatively, a video phone call remains. This is indispensable for important meetings in everyday work anyway. In addition, apps and programs should be used that promote joint and clear work on projects.
Conclusion: Rules and communication as the be-all and end-all
The home office benefits from clear rules – from proper work attire to adherence to fixed hours. This avoids the risk of an unbalanced work-life balance. Furthermore, regular (also private) contact with colleagues is recommended. This keeps not only the projects in view, but also the social life.