Future of Work 2.0
We’ve come a long way in the two years since COVID disrupted our lives and work, and our fear is gradually dissipating. Thanks to vaccines, herd immunity, better medicines, and milder variants, we are gradually learning to live with it. It is gradually morphing into an endemic from the pandemic, and our lives have been devoted to dealing with it without negatively impacting our well-being. Every difficult experience has a silver lining, and one of the most prominent themes emerging from it is work-from-home culture. This article will go over the specifics and how they affect us.
WFH helps us save three of our most valuable resources: time, money, and energy, all of which are in short supply as our lives revolve around finding effective ways to manage them. WFH compelled people to abandon old commuting habits, work-related travels, office hours, and other social obligations that required physical presence, giving people more time and energy to consider their long-term goals. This experience profoundly impacted people’s lives and they desired to reclaim their independence by changing where they lived and how they worked.
Hybrid Model is the way forward:
According to extensive data, the Hybrid work model, which combines in-person and remote work, has emerged as the future of work. It combines the best of both worlds, providing location flexibility as well as the ability to connect in person at the office when necessary. According to Microsoft’s work trend index report, 73 percent of employees want to work remotely in the future. Furthermore, companies that do not allow employees to work from home risk losing 40% of their workforce. Big tech companies are always leading the way in terms of flexibility, and others are following suit to maintain a competitive edge in a highly competitive talent market.
Home Office and its Components
With all these changes, the home office has emerged as the most essential and integral home component. WFH professionals spend most of their waking hours here. It requires special care to ensure that it is professionally set up and benefits overall health, productivity, and focus.
1. Dedicated space
Environmental Psychology has focused on the impact of built work environments on mental and physical health. It has been discovered that human brains are designed to pick up queues based on the room’s setup, and each room is associated with a purpose, such as dining room, living room, TV room, etc. As a result, it is critical to keep work and personal living areas separate. Because it is associated with work, a dedicated workspace helps our brain focus better, so you set up a work zone disconnected from your personal life. It assists you in becoming more organized because all the items required to complete your work are now within easy reach. According to studies, a clutter-free environment reduces procrastination, boosts productivity, and promotes healthy eating habits. It also encourages a better relationship with housemates because, now that you have a dedicated space, they will not intrude while you are working. Work-life balance also allows you to wind down and turn off your workday by shutting down your computer and walking away from it. This tells your brain that your workday is over, and it is time to take care of yourself.
2. Ergonomic Setup
Ergonomics is the science of tailoring your workspace to your needs to maximize well-being by reducing discomfort, reducing the risk of injury, and improving overall performance. Workstations free of Ergonomic stressors such as static or awkward postures are prioritized. According to research, the proper setup significantly improves employees’ health, happiness, and productivity.
It is highly recommended that you set up your laptop like a desktop, with the screen at least an arm’s length away from you and adjusted to be below eye level. To avoid hunching over the laptop’s keyboard and trackpad, you should also have an external keyboard and mouse. Finally, an ergonomic chair is required to keep your posture and relieve strain on your neck, shoulders, arms, and back.
Your workspace should reflect your personality. It should include items that make you happy, connected, and calm. Adding natural elements to your space, such as houseplants, flowers, paintings, or photographs of nature, has been shown in studies to improve cognitive function, physical health, and psychological well-being. If possible, situate your workspace perpendicular to a window so that you can enjoy a view of nature or the outside. This will allow you to take a break from your screen and look outside, giving your eyes a much-needed rest. You can also experiment with wall colors to make your workspace more lively and cheerful.This is the time to set up your dream workspace, which you always wanted but could not do due to various reasons. The beauty of life is in the nuances and surrounding yourself with items that reflect your personality brings out the best in you.
4. Freedom from Noise
Hearing is the first sense to develop while we are in our mother’s womb. Each sound is associated with emotion and can significantly impact your concentration. It is processed in the deepest part of the brain, so it directly impacts your ability to think and focus, both of which are required on the job to produce constructive and creative solutions. Hearing is passive, making it extremely difficult to stop unless we act. We strongly advise you to choose a location for your workspace that has little foot traffic. Noise-canceling headphones have advanced in technology and can significantly reduce outside noise. If you’re worried about background noise interfering with your Zoom meetings, try Krisp, an AI-powered app that removes background noise and echoes from sessions, leaving only human voices.
Time to Take Control
The time has come to do the right thing, and it begins with reclaiming control of your home workspace. You can start your journey by taking our WFH quiz. As Lao Tzu said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” and I would add it always helps to take the first step in the right direction.