Make your home office work for you
Not so long ago, in the Before Time, the idea of a home office belonged to freelancers, creatives, and entrepreneurs. Now we all have one, and it looks like they’re here to stay. So this month we’re celebrating South African brands, services, ideas, and people that’ll turn any home office into a joy to work from. Read on if you’re looking for some home office inspiration.
The right desk is like adding the foundation to your office space. Take the time to make sure that it is tailored to your daily needs and provides you with ease of movement. Our office space has been kitted out by local furniture manufacturers, Spaas, a brand we would highly recommend for your home office. Their desks are both practical and beautiful to look at, and come in all shapes and sizes.
There are loads of benefits to having office plants – not only do they brighten up your space and add an improved quality of air to your environment they also reduce stress and help ‘replenish’ our attention capacity. A win-win if you ask us. In recent years, plant nurseries have grown in popularity and we’re seeing local suppliers like Plantify and Folha pop up. And, because plants can sometimes be tricky to care for, we suggest downloading one of these apps to keep your plants alive.
Why stop at plants to make your space as stress free as possible? Office art also has stress reducing abilities and helps boost creativity. It also shows that you take pride in your space and want to create an environment that holds a lasting impression. What’s more is that you can support local artists. Untitled is an online gallery/store that connects artists and art lovers. You’ll find work from artists like Katlego Tlabela and Amber Moir.
If art isn’t really your thing, try Boft prints to keep your memories alive and your eyes off your phone screen. Who doesn’t love taking a little trip down memory lane during down-time?
To truly make a space your own it is important to add bits of your personality to a room. Try a comfy rug, or a funky desk lamp to your office space. Yuppiechef offers a wide variety of accessories to choose from.
Whether you need hard rock or classical music to keep your mind focused, you can always rely on a great playlist to keep you productive and energised. Spotify also features a variety of South African artists to listen to.
Now that you’ve created your ideal workspace, you might find yourself feeling a little stiff from a lack of frequent movement. We recommend setting a timer or scheduling short breaks into your day. If you are pressed for time you could also try simple stretches that you can do at your desk (deskercise – it’s a thing). Pro tipo: investing in a standing desk also has great health benefits which you can gain while you work. Check out the local supplier Desk Stand for a standing desk to suit any office.
Peace of mind
The last box to tick is to make sure your insurance covers you, your home and your equipment in case of damage, loss or theft. Ask yourself: Do I work for myself (ie. freelancing) or for a company? and Does my insurer know I’m working from home?
If you work for a company, your equipment such as laptops, monitors, keyboards etc should be provided by the company and be covered by their commercial insurance. If you work for yourself, the onus is on you to make sure your insurance is sufficient. Your standard household contents cover would likely not be enough if you work from home. Certain items might need to be specified.
Disclosure is key. Make sure you tell your insurer that you’re working from home. That way, everyone is on the same page when it comes to risk and there’s no danger of your policy being invalidated because of information withheld.
Now you can start getting productive! With the perfect space and peace of mind.
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