Now that everyone has their own smartphone and laptop, we’re seeing a big change in the way people work and where they work. Modern professionals can bring their office wherever they like. Many workers are taking advantage of the freedom this offers. Here in Aurora, we’ve seen a sharp rise in the number of people who work from home, a trend that shows no sign of slowing down.
But these kinds of changes always have unexpected consequences. At Office Evolution® Aurora, we’ve noticed that, as more and more people work from home, more and more people are also discovering that home isn’t their favorite place to work. Some aren’t as productive. Others say their work-life balance is thrown off. And for many, their overall job experience suffers.
If you work from home in Aurora, Parker, or elsewhere in the Denver metro area, here are three ways you can make your work life more manageable and enjoyable.
1. Optimize Your Work Environment
Today, successful businesses are forward-thinking in terms of design. Studies have repeatedly shown how work environment leads to changes in worker productivity, health, and happiness. But for some reason, those of us who work from home are unlikely to invest that much time in designing a productive home office. Many skip the home office completely, choosing instead to pop open a laptop wherever seems most comfortable.
If you work from home, your productivity, your well-being, and your job experience will be tied to the workspace you choose. So make sure you have a dedicated home office that follows these three principles:
Make sure your home office has an ergonomic layout and furniture.
Organize your space for functionality, with minimal distractions.
Bring in features that boost mood and productivity, like natural lights and greenery.
2. Do You Work From Home? Rediscover the Outside World
One of the hidden dangers to working from home is isolation. Not many people realize how lonely it can be to do their job from home. But when you spend Monday to Friday in an empty house or apartment all by yourself, you might start to miss the social dynamics of your last workplace.
Help yourself avoid feeling disconnected from the outside world by making time in your schedule for seeing friends and colleagues. Book a weekly work lunch, or make an effort to meet with friends at least one evening each week. Consider taking walks outdoors on work breaks during the day to make sure your home in the Aurora area doesn’t start feeling overly claustrophobic.
3. Try a Shared Workspace
If you work from home in Aurora, a shared workspace membership can be a huge help in making your work life more manageable, productive, and enjoyable. At Office Evolution Aurora, our coworking community includes a number of professionals who either work from home or used to before they made the switch to our shared workspace.
Located in Southlands Lifestyle Center in Aurora, our shared workspace gives you a focus-friendly space for days when you can’t seem to get enough done at home. You get 24/7 access to our coworking space plus discounts on meeting space, access to key office equipment, and a host of other amenities. Best of all, you become part of a thriving coworking community of entrepreneurs, remote workers, and freelancers.
Overcome the work from home blues at Office Evolution Aurora! Call 303-376-6323 today to claim a free hour of shared workspace access and learn more about your membership options.
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