WFH how to: set up your new home office
6 April 2020
Right now, it seems that just about the whole world is moving to working remotely, and for most that means working from home (WFH). Some, like us here at Sauce, have been operating remotely for a long time, however for others this is a new and sometimes daunting experience.
So, Team Sauce has put our heads together to share a few tried and true tips that we have found to work for us in delivering excellent service to our clients, no matter where our desk happens to be located!
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Here is Sauce’s recipe for setting up your WFH office:
- A desk or dining table
- A comfortable chair, ideally a desk chair with lumbar support if one is available
- Good natural lighting or a desk lamp if required
- A monitor, mouse and keyboard – avoid exclusively using a laptop if you can
- Quality internet connection
- Online collaboration and meeting tools
Step 1: Tools of the trade: Talk to your manager to make sure you have access to the equipment, software access, online collaboration and meeting tools etc. that you need to do your job. If necessary, set aside time to undertake online training to use new tools – there are lots of fantastic ‘how to’ videos on YouTube, LinkedIn and other sites. Remember to be patient too, with so many of us in the same boat, there is a sudden influx of demand for these tools with tele and video conferencing tools suddenly congested.
Step 2: Set up your workspace
Set aside some space for your work environment – ideally this would be somewhere quiet and separate to the main living area of the house with good light, a desk and comfortable chair.
Avoid letting the space be stale too, make it colourful with artwork or photos, pop a plant on your desk or decorate the area in some way to keep your creative juices flowing like your desk at the office.
Step 3: Negotiate a spot (as required)
Especially in the current environment carving out a spot to work at home may require some negotiation with other family members or housemates who may also be working remotely. For others, this may also mean accommodating remote education for children or the busy and noisy lives of toddlers or babies, or even an attention-loving pet.
Balancing the needs of everyone can take some time, calm discussion and above all goodwill! When negotiating with your cohabitants, try and think about your types of work and the workspace you’ll need. For example, allocate a room for phone calls and take turns so as not to interrupt others, or if that’s not an option, find a way to display your regular meeting times on a whiteboard. If someone needs to work with two screens, they have the dining table while another has a laptop on a desk. Remember this won’t be forever!
Et voila! Now you should be ready for work and to tackle the next challenge: staying connected and productive from home.