Working from Home Effectively

| December 21, 2013
Marek Garztecki - a journalist from Poland - w...

Marek Garztecki – a journalist from Poland – working at home (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are pros and cons to working from home. Most people will only focus on the positives, hoping to convince those that can work remotely to do so and in turn utilise their many services or buy their many products. However, it should be noted that working from home will not be for everyone. Whilst there are indeed many great benefits for employees – and indeed employers alike – there are also issues that can be experienced when one adapts to the new work schedule and new work surroundings dictated by working from home.

Not only might it be harder to get motivated when the distractions of the home surround you at every turn, but you are also likely to feel far more isolated when you work from home. One of the saving graces of having to work at all is meeting new people, forming bonds and actually spending time with people who will ultimately become friends. By working from home, this option is removed and whilst you may still form bonds with colleagues over the phone, you may feel like a significant amount of the social aspect of work has been removed when you choose to work from home. You may also find that you struggle to fit in everything you need to do, as you may be far more likely to skip work here and there if you are the master of your own schedule. In turn, things can get stressful when you need to make up time as deadlines loom.

It is also far easier to experience work-related injuries when you work from home. Not only are you unlikely to carry out risk assessments in your home, but you are also far less likely to buy effective furniture at work if you are creating an office in your home. Furthermore, it is not uncommon for people to try and work from their sofas or beds and in turn put themselves into positions that will potentially lead to long and painful injuries over time.

That being said, whilst there are drawbacks, working from home is still likely to be extremely appealing to most people, and so long as you are aware of the drawbacks, it will be easy to overcome them.

Reading furniture at work reviews will help you find the right desks, chairs and cabinets to keep you healthy and productive and avoid the many potential furniture at work problems that can arise when ineffective solutions are utilised. Having the right furniture in the right location will not only help you to remain productive and healthy, but it will also help you to focus, not only due to the fact that it will be more appealing to work at the best desk, but also due to the fact that you may well be removed from many of the main distractions present in the home.

Once you have the right furniture, ensuring that you stick to a schedule will be vital, and whilst freedom may help you to enjoy your day more it can also be a serious distraction. Make sure that you plan each week in advance, leaving plenty of time spare to catch up if you do indeed choose to take longer breaks or half days at certain times.

Finally, be sure to schedule in time to catch up with friends, whether they are work colleagues or otherwise. Whether you give yourself lunch breaks to do this or simply make the most of your evenings, this step will be vital to avoid feeling isolated when working from home. Getting dressed and even choosing to work from coffee shops now and again may also help to both stave off feelings of isolation and indeed make you feel more ready for a working day.

About the Author – Adam Howes is a freelance writer and therefore knows a thing or two about sitting at a desk all day. He regularly contributes to sites such as


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