How HR can help set up home offices

We scribe on all things HR to add value to your organisation

by | Jan 19, 2021

Many of us may feel as though 2020 may have passed us by in the blink of an eye and in a way, it did. Although 2020 has flown by, many of us a still affected by what occurred during it, namely the COVID pandemic. With the introduction of said virus, came various changes to our everyday lives, including work. Switching from a regimented office workspace to our own homes has been awkward to even difficult for some.

As an HR professional, it is important to maintain a level of normalcy for employees as they grapple with these changes, especially when we are unsure as to how long they will occur for. However, there are methods you can implement to ensure that your employees home office provides the best environment for them to work productively and happily.

Working from home can be both a blessing and a curse. Perhaps some feel more comfortable and can work far more productively than ever before but for most, a home office can scream distractions. Screaming children, blaring TV’s or household chores can all be extremely distracting.

So as an HR professional, how can you help your workplace’s employees foster the best home office?

Pick a good room

Selecting the best room is extremely important in order to increase focus and stamina for work. You need to consider if the room is quiet; this probably means that it has a door and no TV if you’re likely to be distracted from it.

Lighting

A well-lit room can help provide you with the focus needed in order to work for long periods of time. Studies show that a well-lit area can assist in higher productivity levels.

Privacy

Does your workspace provide you with privacy? If your home office is not private, you may find yourself going out of your way to communicate with others around you. Ensuring that your area is private will allow you to remain focused.

Comfort

This may seem obvious to some but working within an area that is comfortable will enable you to be your best self. If your chair hurts your back or if you do not have a desk, then you might find yourself taking more breaks than you really want to. Buy furniture that provides the highest amount of comfort to you. Invest in your physical health so you do not find yourself fatigued.

Personality

Working within a bland or boring area can mean that you may go out of your way to entertain yourself; YouTube anyone? Adding objects like plants, photos, whiteboards, family photos and knick-knacks are all greats objects to add to your home office in order to make a more welcoming and thought-provoking area. An area that is welcoming to you, is an area that you will want to be in and stay in.

 

You may find that your homework area is never perfect but by implementing and working upon the areas listed above, you can assure that your workspace fosters a far more improved mentality so that you can get your work done efficiently and healthily.

About the author

As President and South Australian State Councillor of the Australian HR Institute (AHRI), Susan is a valued advisor and thought leader to her clients and the HR community. Maintaining an extensive understanding of employment law and business acumen through her work and connectivity to the AHRI and the business community, Susan is a master at finding innovative people orientated solutions, carefully balanced with the commercial reality.

 

Would you like to learn more about our HR strategies and coaching?

We bring laser sharp vision and expertise into your organisation to mitigate your risks and address any underlying challenges

New CEO? Compliance issues can cut off your head

As a new CEO, understanding whether or not the business is compliant is one of your most pressing requirements.   When it comes to compliance, ignorance is not bliss. As a new CEO,...

As the new CEO, you know change is needed. But where?

When you’re a new CEO, you might want to shake things up. It might not be necessary.   For new CEOs, knowing where to begin shaping their company isn’t always easy. When you’re brought into the...

Youth Jobs PaTH internship a perfect match for Catherine and Adelaide small business

Catherine and Susan might never have met, if not for an Australian Government Employer Liaison Officer suggesting a Youth Jobs PaTH internship. It turned out to be a perfect match for the job hunter and local Adelaide business director.

6 Things Every HR Leader Should Be Doing

HR is there for the benefit of employees, managers, and the business, for practical tasks and strategic advice or simply support and guidance, no matter what your role in the business is.

Work and pandemics: lessons from the past

The history of pandemics offers lessons for how workplaces can respond to what’s happening during COVID-19.

What is (and what isn’t) an unfair dismissal?

People make unfair dismissal applications to the Fair Work Commission following a range of scenarios – they may disagree with why they were let go from their job, feel it was unlawful, or because...

How leaders should talk about job insecurity during COVID-19

A guide to navigating the language around business and job insecurity during the COVID-19 crisis.A friend of mine told me his boss has been existentially shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic. One day...

A guide to Australian workplace changes in 2020

They say hindsight is 20/20 vision, but let’s see if we can forecast 2020. Experts predict what will impact our workplaces this year. Trying to predict the future is often a futile exercise, but if...

The critical bond: HR and the CEO

When a CEO and CHRO work together effectively, the whole business feels the impact. But the same can be said for those who don’t work together well.Imagine a scenario where an organisation’s chief...