If you are like many Americans, the Covid-19 pandemic has likely caused your company to switch to remote working options for its employees.
While working at home is undoubtedly safer during this uncertain time, it always feels like you are not able to get as much accomplished when working remotely.
Fortunately, there are several home office remodeling projects that can turn your work space into a more productive environment.
The traditional office setting was one of separation and seclusion. Cold, gray walls rose in many office spaces and cubicles were designed to keep workers in a world of their own. Pictures, quotes, and cartoon clippings had to be hung to give the work environment any sense of humanity.
Unsurprisingly, research found that this type of environment wrought little creativity and feelings of positivity, both essential elements of productive work. As such, leading companies opened up their work spaces and nurtured a sense of community and collaboration among their employees.
The reality, though, is that your home office probably does not cause your brain to release those same positive endorphins that your on-site job does, as you are most likely working in a dim, small, closet-like space.
Therefore, in order to effectively replicate an inviting work atmosphere, it may be worth your time to work in a space with plenty of natural light sources. This allows more light to flow into your office, creating a more positive vibe which can lead to greater creativity and overall desire to want to be “at work.”
In an increasingly digital work environment where online meetings and teleconferencing reign supreme, overhead noise can be quite the distraction.
This problem is felt even more acutely for those working from home, as not only does the incidence of these remote meetings increase, but the distraction of kids playing upstairs is seemingly ever-present.
For years, though, the main type of ceiling insulation was made from plain, drop-down ceiling panels. While these may have been acceptable for industrial office environments, they are not something most people would want to put in any room of their home–office or not.
Fortunately, there are now a number of acoustic ceiling cloud options that are sleek, stylish, and sound-proof. You can choose from a variety of colorful patterns and delicate designs that not only blend in seamlessly with your home office space, but use superior aerospace-precision manufacturing to dampen sound.
One of the benefits of working in a traditional office setting is the presence of a custodial staff to come and clean up those unfortunate office messes.
While that morning mug of coffee is not going anywhere since you switched to working from home, you suddenly find yourself in the role of head custodian every time that coffee mug unexpectedly spills.
To minimize the amount of time you spend on office cleaning tasks, you should strongly consider installing acrylic solid surfaces for your desks and counter space.
The sturdy, non-porous design prevents staining, making cleanup as simple as a wipe of the rag. The white tops also provide a very professional look and do an excellent job complementing the room’s natural lighting, making for a beautiful option to include your open, inviting office structure.
Mandy Lee is a contributor to Innovative Construction Materials. She is a blogger and content writer for the building materials industry. Mandy is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that increase property value, maximize energy savings, and turn houses into homes.