What to Do If You Don’t Have a Home Office For a Work-From-Home Position

Employers giving permission to work from home has caused a major shift in the design of households.

For the fortunate, employees have been able to barricade themselves in a home office and maintain their productivity throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

But what if you don’t have the space for a home office – for many Canadians, this is the reality. Living in student housing, a house with multiple roommates, or a small condo, these living environments weren’t built to give anyone the luxury of an ergonomic workspace.

The next best thing is a home office workstation. You may need to clear away some furniture and/or discuss the new arrangement with your living companions before starting. That said, workstations are the ultimate solution to any work-from-home opportunity without an office.

Ergonomic Height Adjustable Desk

Clearly communicate to you and others where your work-from-home workstation is. This must include a desk of some kind. An ergonomic height adjustable desk establishes a dynamic that can be built from. It all starts with a desk though. Choosing the right one will be integral to your comfort level and productivity so ensure you find a computer desk that appeals to you.

Single Monitor Mounts or Dual Monitor Mounts

There are three reasons to mount your computer monitor. The first is to free up valuable space across your desk. The second is to establish a visual wall. When a monitor is lifted with a single monitor mount, it literally provides further barricade and establishes a room-within-a-room. A computer monitor mount also should be at eye-level which is helpful as it minimizes distractions.

Cable Management Accessories

A workstation set up in an open-concept room can very easily turn into a tangled mess of computer cables. This is why we strongly recommend a cable management strategy. A multi-outlet surge protector is a worthwhile investment. If you intend to charge your smartphone or mobile devices while you work, a USB hub is also a smart move. You may look into cable management spines which give you a place to store thick, pesky computer wires as they hang down your desk. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all but you have plenty of options to customize a workstation’s cable situation with.

Over-the-Ear Headphones or Earbuds

You may need to check in occasionally remotely through Zoom, Skype, or another video conferencing app. When you don’t, over-the-ear headphones or earbuds block out the distractions around you. A worker can put on white noise, binaural beats, or a non-distracting playlist and get work done without constantly having their attention pulled away by what’s happening around them.

Even in the smallest of Canada’s homes and condos, we’re confident an office workstation is entirely possible. Visit PrimeCables.ca today to buy all of your productivity-driven workstation essentials and accessories.

Featured photo by Avel Chuklanov on Unsplash

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