Optimising Remote Work


As we get used to living in the ‘new normal’, the traditional office setup is gradually evolving to accommodate the new era of remote and hybrid work models. The global workforce is experiencing a transformation, with more companies adopting part-time or full-time work-from-home arrangements. Amidst this shift, Bob Shop recognises the importance of optimising remote work for our team members, or Bob Cats as we like to call ourselves. Switching to a hybrid or full-time WFH model requires some adjustment if you want to be as productive as possible.  

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Creating a Dedicated Workspace: Choosing the Right Desk

Remote work requires a shift from the traditional office setting, and having a dedicated workspace is essential for maintaining your focus and productivity. A great way to optimise your remote work experience is to invest in the right desk. Ideally, you should choose a desk that suits both the style of your home, and the way you like to work. Be sure that it offers ample space for your computer, documents, and any other necessary tools (including your coffee cup, of course!). 

Consider opting for an adjustable height desk, as this allows you to switch between sitting and standing positions throughout the day. This promotes better ergonomics and reduces the risk of posture-related issues. A dedicated workspace (rather than, say, working at the dining room table or from bed) helps to signal to your brain that it’s time to work, enhancing your focus and efficiency during work hours – and helping you relax when the day is done. 

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Ensuring the Right Equipment: Boosting Productivity

Speaking of ergonomics, having the right equipment is vital for achieving a seamless workflow and enhanced productivity. Invest in high-quality tools such as a reliable mouse, keyboard, and noise-cancelling headphones. These will not only improve your efficiency but also create a distraction-free environment, especially if you work in a busy household with kids and pets demanding your attention. 

The type of work you do will influence your choice of equipment.  For instance, if you’re a designer, you might benefit from a graphics tablet, while if you work in customer support, you’ll probably need a high-quality headset for virtual interactions.

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Incorporating Greenery: Creating a Energising Atmosphere

Having a positive and refreshing work environment is a key element of successful remote work. Adding some greenery to your remote office can significantly improve your wellbeing and creativity, as well as reducing stress, so it makes sense to bring elements of nature indoors. 

Consider placing potted plants or tasteful artificial greenery near your workspace. Real plants can purify the air and create a more inviting atmosphere. However, if taking care of live plants is a challenge, artificial plants can still provide a calming effect without the hassle. 

Once you’ve set up your ideal home workspace, you’re ready to start crushing those targets and deadlines! Just don’t forget to take regular breaks – this will boost your creativity, prevent burnout, and help you maintain a healthy work-life balance.