What Your Home Office Needs In 2015

By | 2018-02-23T17:27:03+00:00 January 13th, 2015|Categories: Advice|Tags: |

Planning to work from home more this year? Here’s what your home office needs in 2015.

Wireless phone charger

You’re going to be using your phone a lot in 2015.
With an app for everything your mobile device really will become your personal assistant, but just with a poor battery. It’s not just productivity apps, most tech savvy brands now use mobile heavily in their marketing and recruiting efforts.

Remember when you used your mobile phone to actually call people? Nowadays its all about communication tools that empower teams or groups of people to communicate at once. Apps such as WhatsApp and Skype enable remote colleagues to discuss and share ideas and plan campaigns and projects.

Having a charger handy to recharge your valued PA is a must. With a wireless charger you can just put your phone down on it whenever you’re not using it, no need to repeatedly plug a cable in.

Windows – the more the better

advantages of natural lightNatural light is key to a happy and healthy working day. If you’re planning your home office then choose a room that has at least one window.

The benefits of natural light include:

  • Improved mood
  • Improved alertness
  • Improved metabolism
  • Improved synchronization between the brain and body

Source: consumer.healthday.com/

A second monitor

For most office based staff their day is spent in front of a computer, usually with numerous programs and websites open. Couple this with the speed at which information is shared online and how fast the world moves, you’ll need two monitors just to keep up.
Dual monitors enable you to have two programs open at once rather than flicking between them. This type of functionality can improve productivity by up to 50%.
Being able to write an email and have the resources required for it’s content open at the same time avoids the need to switch between windows.

laptop-cradleA second monitor will also usually be larger than your laptop or PC monitor. Having a larger monitor can reduce the strain on your eyes but invest in a filter to reduce the glare.

Another tip is to have the monitors at eye height, this will help to keep your neck straight and avoid aching. You can use a cradle which allows you to adjust the height of both your laptop and second monitor. This is great for your health and keeps your desktop free for other items you may need.

Headphones

music and productivitySometimes we just need to cut the world out and get on with the task in hand. When this is the case a good pair of headphones is a must. get some decent music going and get on with things! Music is known to improve productivity and reduce stress so why wouldn’t you want to have a listen when appropriate?!

Headphones are also a must during conference calls. Speakers can sometimes distort voices or suffer from interference but a good pair of speakers will be crisp and clear, meaning you won’t miss a thing.

Fibre Optic or better

With more a more business being conducted online a good, fast and reliable internet connection is important. Good quality video calls and fast data transfers are all benefits of high speed internet which will make your day easier, more productive and less stressful.

Standing desk

Sitting’s bad, we all should now know this. Standing desks are becoming more affordable and if your planning your office then this is an investment in your health.

Standing desks have a number of health benefits including:

  • Reduced risk of obesity
  • Reduced Risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Other Metabolic Problems
  • Reduced Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Lower Long-Term Mortality Risk

Source: Smithsonian.com

Greenery

Plants in the office offer a range of benefits from stress relief to better skin. For a comprehensive explanation please read  –  8 Benefits Of Plants In The Office

SaaS

CIPHR-SaaS-HRFor any business SaaS is a must but for one with any percentage of their workforce telecommuting cloud based software is essential.
Having quick, easy and secure access to data means that employees can be as productive as if they were in the office using the software.
Solutions such as CIPHR allow employees to update their own people data as well as verify and update the data of subordinates. For example holiday can be booked, calendars can be viewed and reviews can be conducted remotely if required.

SaaS solutions such as CIPHR enable companies to remove the restrictions of customer maintained software, empowering employees wherever they are.