Staying Productive During A Pandemic: Your 2020 / 2021 Guide To Building A Home OfficePopular on CamTrader
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The Working From Home Life
No matter how much time you spend in the office, there always seems to be an overspill of work that you have to bring home with you. You’d sit at the dining table, on the couch, or even in bed, and try to get as much work completed before you were back in the office the next day.
2020 has amplified the meaning of working from home tenfold. The majority of your working time is no longer spent in the office, but rather at home. It’s times like these that we really notice how lacking our home office setup is, but you’re not alone in the struggle of trying to adapt to working from home.
Are there pets or children running around, begging for your attention? Is there nowhere quiet enough to take a Zoom meeting properly? These are just some of the issues that the majority of us are dealing with now that we’re expected to work from home.
Back in March when COVID-19 was declared as a pandemic and we were all told to work from home, we thought that we wouldn’t be out of the office for long enough to bother with a home working setup. Eight months later, it might be a good idea to create a real WFH office space.
Today we’re going to be looking at how to build the ideal home office setup. No one knows when the world will get back to normal, so we’re tired of making excuses for our lousy setup – and we bet that you are too. So, let’s pull the plug and create the ideal home office for you to feel your most productive.
How 2020 Became the Year of Home Working
Homeworking has been around for centuries, but there has never been a surge of people working from home quite like that of 2020. With expert advice telling the population that everyone who can work from home should, more people than ever are swapping their suits for slacks.
COVID-19 was first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) in December 2019, first originating in Wuhan, China. As the virus spread throughout the country, we didn’t think much of it and there was little media coverage. Over 70 million Americans were also put on lockdown in March to try to reduce the strain on hospitals and supermarkets.
Stay-at-home orders rolled out around the world in mid-March, and they haven’t been let up since. Working from home reduces the contact that you have with other people, preventing you from contracting or spreading the disease. Studies have supported the theory that around 50% of people with COVID-19 don’t have any symptoms at all.
This means that you might feel fine while spreading the virus. Another study suggested that people with COVID-19 might be the most contagious before they feel any symptoms. So, working from home became a sensible and safe thing to do and 2020 became the year of home working.
Working From Home: What Do The Experts Say?
A few people have been skeptical about working from home when it comes to keeping productivity and morale high. However, many people didn’t realize that before the pandemic was declared over 5 million Americans were working from home for at least half the time.
Some key facts from the experts are as follows:
- The number of remote workers has grown 173% over 15 years.
- Almost 50% of employees found that working from home has made them more productive.
- One in four people are more likely to feel happier and more productive while working from home.
- Over half of the people who have started working from home in 2020 have found it to be more enjoyable than working in the office.
- 80% of telecommuters experience less stress that is related to work.
This number has grown 173% since 2005, and it’s thought that it will continue to increase for the foreseeable future. A study in May 2020 of a Californian-based company found that there was a 47% increase in worker productivity by only changing one thing – the location of their office.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday were the most productive days and CRM activity was increased by 176%. Telephone calls and emails were also increased by 230% and 57% respectively.
A statistic that we found particularly uplifting was that ‘people who work from home are 24% more likely to be happy and productive.’ While previous years have shown working from home to be demoralizing and unproductive, 2020 has turned this completely around.
Another study found that 56% of workers who haven’t traditionally worked from home before found that they felt more productive than they did in the office. With all of this positive feedback being reported on, it’s said that we can expect working remotely to be the new normal.
Not only does working from home improve productivity and happiness in workers, but it also reduces the costs of office spaces and supplies. Both businesses and employees are benefiting from working from home, so it might be here to stay. What better time to set up your own home office?