3 Ways NW Chicago Residents Can Beat the Work From Home Blues
If you can do your job from your laptop or your smartphone, you can do your job from pretty much anywhere. So it should come as no surprise that we’ve recently seen a sharp rise in the number of people who work from home on the northwest side of Chicago. Most of us think of working from home as a dream-come-true situation. But at Office Evolution® Chicago, we’ve noticed a phenomenon that we call the “work from home blues.”
Now that more people work from home, more people are also finding out that working and living inside the same four walls comes with drawbacks. If you work from home on Chicago’s Northwest side, there’s a good chance you’ve discovered some of these drawbacks yourself.
Thankfully, a few adjustments can help you make your home a more functional and enjoyable place to work. Below, we’ve collected three of the best solutions to the work from home blues.
1. Rethink Your Work Environment
Where do you work when you’re working from home? Your home office? Your kitchen table? Your living room sofa? Your answer is more important than you might think. Studies have consistently found strong links between work environment and workers’ performance, productivity, health, and job satisfaction. Those links don’t disappear when you’re working from your house, your condo, or your apartment.
If you live on Chicago’s Northwest side and work from home, you should have a dedicated home office that follows the principles of productive, healthy design. This means a functional, well-organized layout. It means ergonomic office furniture. And it means taking advantage of things like natural light, greenery, and a distraction-free work surface.
2. Fight Back Against Isolation
Loneliness might be the biggest complaint among those who work from home. After all, working from home almost always means working alone. This often results in feelings of isolation and claustrophobia. You feel disconnected from friends and colleagues, worrying that you’re drifting away from professional networks, and feel boxed-in by the walls of your home office.
Fight back against isolation by making space in your schedule for socialization and time outside. Increase the number of evenings you spend with friends, join local professional organizations, and reserve one of your breaks each workday for a short walk outdoors. Also, consider shared office space from Office Evolution Chicago.
3. Try a Shared Workspace
There’s a reason the team at Office Evolution Chicago understands the drawbacks of working from home. Visit us on any given day and you’ll find a community of entrepreneurs, freelancers, and remote workers who either used to work from home or still spend part of each workweek working from their home office. They found the cure for the work from home blues with a shared workspace membership at Office Evolution Chicago.
Located just next to O’Hare airport, our shared workspace is conveniently located for anyone who lives or works on the Northwest side of Chicago, including Park Ridge, Rosemont, Des Plaines, Morton Grove, Norridge, Harwood Heights, or the surrounding areas. If you work from home, we’re the perfect place to maximize productivity, meet other professionals, and make your work-life more enjoyable on a day-to-day basis.
Discover the cure to the work from home blues at Office Evolution Chicago! Call 847-380-1078 today to learn more about our membership options and claim one free hour of access to our shared workspace.