Working from home: How to keep happy

Over the past ten years remote workers have increased by around 250,000, particularly through 2020 after the spread of the CoronaVirus. 

From April 2020, around 49.2% of adults in employment have transitioned their workspace to their home. As technology has become portable over the past decade, working remotely has been made significantly easier. This means if you own only a phone with 3G, you’re in luck, you have an office.

It seems that whilst the pandemic is still in full force, companies will be forced to modify their dynamic to remote working for the foreseeable. But this may not be such a bad thing. Why? 

Studies have proven that when people work from home at least once a month, 24% are likely to be more productive. The other 86% feel that working from home reduces stress levels.

There are many other benefits that comes with working remotely, one of which is that there is a significant amount of time spent less on commuting. 

Whether this may be a thirty minute train journey, or having to drive through rush hour traffic, this is wasted time that you will never get back.

Working from home makes your life that much easier. You can go to your desk fresh and ready, allowing more productivity. 

During a recent study, 65% of professionals think they would be more productive working from home and 49% say that when they need to get work done, they go to their home office.

The less you spend on travel costs, the more you can spend on things you love. And a happy employee, means a happy boss.

Here at Shoo, we’ve chosen to work from home to combat the spread of Covid-19. We have benefited greatly from working remotely, so here are our top tips for staying healthy and happy when working from home:

Create a designated office space

Working from your bed seems like the dream set up, but this is a big no. 

Setting up a work space designated solely for work is vital to ensure you are productive. 

Separating your personal space from your work space will eliminate procrastination, as well as ensuring you do not suffer from feeling claustrophobic and anxious due to living and working in the same space.

Give yourself frequent breaks

You may not have noticed but having distractions such as chatting to a colleague every now and again, or getting up for a coffee refill, actually made it easier to carry on working. 

Taking regular breaks while working remotely will help to keep you relaxed, especially when the pressure is on to meet deadlines.

Try to get up every hour and make extra effort to leave the house at least once a day, either by taking a short walk or exercising. 

Try not to get stuck in a rut as this will take a toll on your mental health. Give yourself a time that you will log off your computer. This will guarantee that you switch off work mode, and switch on relax mode.

Create your ideal work space 

Customise your office with that comfy reclining desk chair you’ve always wanted, or light your favourite candle beside your desk.

Setting up a workspace you will look forward to spending time in every day is key. So take advantage of making your work space exactly how you like it and surround yourself with things you love. 

If you can, set your desk up near a window. Having a nice view will create an instant soothing atmosphere, and taking breaks by looking at the view will help you keep motivated

Get dressed for the occasion 

Research shows that self efficacy has a positive impact on your behaviour, health and control. 

Clothes have a symbolic meaning, authors believe. So by getting dressed in something similar to an outfit you would wear to the office, will influence how you feel about your day. 

Most likely you will feel more motivated and inspired to get that project done , as opposed to staying in your pyjamas all day and feeling sluggish.

Most of all, embrace the advantages of working from home, as the perks of working from home are inarguable. The time you save commuting to work you can spend with family, as well as tailoring your environment specifically to your needs and wants.

With the right training and empathy, over time working remotely will be widely enjoyed by many professionals undergoing this transition.

We would like to hear your thoughts on how you feel about working from home. What things have you incorporated into your work-at-home life that would be beneficial to others?

By Ella Berry, Shoo Academy