If you are making the transition to working remotely, you’ll need a dedicated space in your home from which to take video conferencing calls and work from home. Whether you have a full home office, a desk, or a workspace within another area of your home, you can create a productive and inspiring workspace that enables you to work remotely whenever you would like.
We’ll outline the key components you need for a remote workspace from the physical layout of the space to the tech setup and gadgets you’ll need to accomplish as much as possible amidst the distractions of home life.
Studies show that those who work from home are actually more productive, happier, and cheaper for companies than traditional in-office employees. While both options are valuable and work for different personalities, here’s what you’ll need if you are transitioning to working remotely or setting up your home workspace for the first time.
If you have an office or a desk, you’ll need a few pieces of furniture and equipment to stay focused and be productive.
In an office, you likely had an IT department who equipped you with a computer (maybe a laptop), a monitor, a keyboard, a mouse, a printer, and a high speed WiFi connection. At home, you won’t need all of the exact same things, but you will need a setup that enables you to participate on a team in the same capacity of a colleague in the office.
Here’s what you’ll need to work from home.
Working remotely is a great option for those with difficult commutes, child care considerations, or for those who have an easier time focusing when working independently. Make sure to ask your company what they will provide when it comes to setting up your home office. If making a full switch to working remotely, many companies will help you to equip your space as you’ll be saving them money in the long run. If you are going to work remotely some of the time and go into the office some of the time, having a dedicated workspace at home will make you more productive than trying to find a quiet corner and rushing to find a space for a video call when you do choose to work from home. Be up front with your manager and if you need help having the conversation asking them to work remotely, check out this comprehensive guide to talking to your manager about a flexible remote work policy.