Events of the last year have meant that many of us have been asked to work from home; to protect the NHS and save lives. We have muddled on and made it work. However, remote working presents its own set of challenges and issues for us to conquer! So, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why office space is still essential…
The Office is an Optimised Environment
We have all had to improvise, huddling over laptops, creating makeshift desks, and digging out the extension cables; but there is no denying that the office is better optimised for work. Correctly adjusted chairs and desks ensure you maintain good posture. Thus, reducing injury, aches, and pains in the back, neck, shoulders, and wrists. Not to mention, offices have all the equipment you need to be productive within easy reach. No more dodging the laundry basket to reach the phone.
Heading to The Office Helps Establish Routine
When you work from home, it is easy to lose track of time. This can result in you working longer than is expected. Alternatively, you may find the distractions of your home environment cause you not to be as efficient as you know you should be. Working from the office helps everyone stick to their working hours and make the most of them.
Home Working Is Worse for the Waistline
Dedicated office space can help defy snacking temptation. Home may be where the heart is, but it is also where the kitchen is, and working from the office can help you avoid snacking. Well, until the office feeder brings in the biscuits at least. However, these treats didn’t cost you a penny, and free cake is always worth getting out the house for, isn’t it?
A Dedicated Working Space Helps to Separate Your Work and Private Life
We all want to strike a healthy work/life balance, and this is hard to do when you work in your living room! When we live where we work and work where we live, the lines between the two can become blurry. Plus, it is far too easy to ‘just respond to that email’ or ‘just finish that project’ when your computer is always within reach. Leaving the office at the end of the day is our signal to switch off our business head and wind down. So, a dedicated working space really helps to establish those boundaries.
We Communicate Better When We Are Face-to-Face
When you are working from the office, your colleagues will be within easy reach for quick collaboration. When working to deadlines, relying on a reply email can add pressure, not to mention the added challenge of deciphering an ambiguous tone of voice. Having your team close means that if you need to query something or bend the ear of a more experienced staff member, you can do so promptly.
So, as you can see there are plenty of reasons to head back to the office. It is essential in helping us reclaim our homes and re-establish the routines we were accustomed to. Returning to work is a sure-fire way to bolster your productivity, rediscover your motivation and drive, and find a more sociable and catered environment for working.