The Covid pandemic forced millions of us to have to come to terms with trying to balance home and work life like never before.
With warnings to stay home and offices closed across the country, we all had to adjust to a new way of working.
As the lockdown eased and life now returned to normal, we see more and more companies offering the ability to work from home more and spend less time in a traditional office environment.
The thought of being able to make the short commute across the garden and not having to contend with endless traffic every day appeals to most of us.
However, there are of course things to consider when switching to home working.
At first the ability to work from home may seem like a huge luxury but there are hidden pitfalls to watch for.
Fortunately, here at Haon Garden Rooms we have the perfect garden room solutions so that you can have a separate space to be uninterrupted and remain focused throughout the working day.
In this blog we look at the challenges with home working and how a separate garden office space solves all the issues.
Without the need for a daily commute, perhaps many of us have discovered that there are now more hours in the day to do the things we enjoy and not waste hours getting to and from the office.
However, does working from home encourage lunches to be that big longer or the working day to start a little later and finish a little earlier than it did before?
Perhaps you have found the complete opposite and you find it hard to close the laptop down at the end of the day and check those emails over the weekend?
It is important to allocate the same amount of time that you would have done in the office and make sure you stick to those breaks to remove yourself from the screen.
Treat a home office environment like you would going into an office but with the flexibility to have some downtime in the comfort of your own home.
When working from home, you no longer have a distinct division between your professional and personal space.
We associate home with a place to rest, relax, and be entertained. It can be very easy to let work take priority over everything else.
Having a dedicated workspace can help you achieve a better work life balance giving you the separation required to allocate time for both.
Sometimes it’s as simple as having a room separate to the house that you recognise as being work so that home feels like home and work feels like work.
Working with our experts, we make sure that your office is designed to get the most out of your day. Whether its extra cabling and sockets for IT equipment or feature walls to create a unique background for your video calls we can help.
Reminders of the household chores still left to do or the general interruptions of daily life can get very distracting and have a massive impact on productivity at work.
It is difficult to take Zoom meetings or conference calls with things going on in the background.
Managing these distractions is key to maintaining concentration and being able to perform to the best of your ability.
With a garden room office space, these distractions simply disappear as you have the peace and quiet you need to focus.
Even when working from home it is essential to still feel like you are part of a team.
Regular contact with your manager is important to gain feedback on productivity and the key tasks to be completed.
Maintaining relationships with colleagues and other areas of a business is also key for success in carrying out your tasks.
Technology has been embraced like never before and now forms a huge part of our daily working lives. Do you have a good position for your webcam?
Is your background distracting the people you are talking to or is it adding to the sense of professionalism?
We consider all your home office requirements to design an environment that allows you to perform at your peak.
In the workplace, you are often surrounded by people to bounce ideas around with, which can have a positive impact on creativity.
Working from home can sometimes feel isolated and lonely so it’s important to have a balance between face to face meetings and home working.
Also, the solitude of being on your own can have an impact on mental health so it’s key to maintain contact with the wider business.
We firmly believe a lot of the above can be impacted by providing yourself with a dedicated workspace that is tailored to your requirements.
A garden room gives you separation from your home life. It can be constructed in a way to maximise natural light with no distractions hanging around on the walls behind you.
Technology is at the heart of a lot of what we do so data and power are also key in creating a dedicated workspace.
A change of scenery and something new in our lives can also give us a huge boost and having a workspace you can be proud of can certainly assist in elevating you to the next level.
If you want to know more about creating your perfect garden room office then get in touch with one of our experts today.
Your dream garden office is just around the corner.