Jennifer A. Paulish is an Independent Interior Designer/Project Manager with a passion of creating functional and inspiring Interiors in the Corporate, Retail, and Healthcare Industry. On Linked-In http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jennifer-paulish/17/838/a05
I have always been keenly aware of how the physical environment can psychologically affect a person. So really it was no surprise that my chosen career path was Interior Design. Specializing in Corporate Design, I have spent much of my time educating companies and individuals on the importance of bringing an Interior Designer onboard in the beginning stages of the design process. This affords an opportunity for the designer’s ideas to be incorporated into a comprehensive business plan that is synchronized with the company’s brand and image. The result is a more productive workplace, distinguished by open communication, corporate loyalty and job satisfaction.
In today’s rapidly changing market, many companies find themselves in survival mode. Therefore, we are finding a rise in small businesses, telecommuters and contract employees working from home. There is a great deal of discipline in order to draw the line between home and work and while you may no longer be physically going to a corporate office, there are important issues to consider so your home office will work for you. This being said, I have a few suggestions to make your home office both functional and inspiring.
1. Designate Space- It is important to designate space for your home office. If you are fortunate enough to have a basement, lofted area, or extra room perfect! If not do not despair; you do not need a large footprint all it takes is a little rearranging in order to create a nook that is specifically for your work. Think outside the box with this; can a closet become your home office?
2. Keep it Professional-Remember this is your place of work. Stay organized; keep it clean/ clutter free, and comfortable. Take pride in this space.
3. Ergonomics- More often than not ergonomics come into play only when there is a problem (back/carpal tunnel syndrome). Think of ergonomics as preventative medicine. So here are a few things to keep in mind when creating your space.
• Your desk or work surface should be deep enough to place your monitor approximately 20”away from your eyes (30” deep will accommodate this)
• Desk height should be elbow height when seated (29” above finished floor is typical)
• Keyboard and mouse at elbow height
• Top of screen should be at or just below eye level
• Chair should be easily adjustable, provide support, front edge of seat pan should be rounded in waterfall fashion, forward and backward tilt, and adjustable/removable arms. Think of your chair as an investment and purchase the best quality product you can afford. Call a furniture dealer and you can often find refurbished chairs (and desks) at some decent prices and there is always craigslist.
4. Have some fun- Aesthetically your space should be inspiring and energizing and do not be afraid to add some personal touches in order to achieve this. This can be achieved in many different ways; choose a paint color that you are drawn to, inspiration/pin-up board, artwork, mix up finishes, etc.
Remember you are your own brand- What is it you want to say?
(Photo courtesy Apartment Therapy)