Do you remember the days of bulky computer monitors, towers and peripherals in your office? They took up space and although they were part of the technological revolution in terms of work with access to email and the internet, the rise of laptops and mobile media devices has revolutionised how office design can benefit employees and, consequently, business.
New and ever-developing technology has made life easier and more productive for everyone in the world of work. Some may worry about the ubiquitous use of email and chat interaction options on sales websites instead of telephone conversations, but the simplicity of the media on offer has made a real difference to working lives and, by extension, to office design.
Changing office appearances
Those bulky desktop monitors have been consigned to the scrapheap of tech change, and your desktop monitor will now be a smart, slimline screen. Apart from the saving in space, these give an office a slick, modern appearance. Of course, many employees will simply use laptops in the office, instantly available to take with them on a sales or other mission. Again, space that might have previously been at a premium is freed up.
You may have experienced, or been told about, the classic office cubicle, cutting employees off from each other, a little bubble created because managers often didn’t believe that fraternisation encouraged productivity. Not any more; and the new thinking about open office design is perfect for applying to the home office as well.
Thinking through your space
A home office is what you make it. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a lot of space; you just need to use what you have to make the most attractive working environment that you can. It depends on what you are comfortable with and whether or not you are likely to have client meetings in your home office space.
You could really make an impression – as well as having a superb working environment – by incorporating specific office furniture into your workspace. You’ll want yourself, and any clients who visit, to be comfortable, so consider your initial furniture requirements. A leather two seater sofa adds both comfort and style to your office, taking away the hard edges of traditional office furniture.
For your own use, why not think about adding a chair that has a keyboard integrated, a multi-touch table and escritoires that are iPad ready? You want to make your environment as hassle-free as possible, removing all the wires and everything else that gets in the way of you functioning at the optimum level when you are working. If you feel relaxed and in control of your home office, then you’re likely to be much more productive.
Integration of devices and hiding behind furnishings anything that people don’t need to see gives a tech-friendly feel that makes for a creative work environment.
Design for what you want
Your home office has to work for you to enhance not only your environment but also to encourage you to get the best out of the time you spend working in it.