It is estimated that 50% of the UK workforce will work remotely by 2020, with almost 1.5 million employees currently ditching the office for their dining table.
New data from ONS reveals that London has the highest number of remote employees, with 408,000 people using the home as their main office, and 250,000 people working from home every day of the week.
For those who think working from home involves watching daytime TV and staying in pyjamas all day, several studies show that employees actually work more hours compared to those in an office environment.
From the position of your chair to the music you listen to, there are several factors that affect how productively you work from home.
With this in mind, our experts reveal how to create the perfect setting.
Feng Shui is the art of placement, teaching us how to position objects in the space around us to balance energy and create harmony. It has had a huge impact on the aesthetics of interior design and plays a huge role when creating a productive work space.
To follow the art of Feng Shui, you should separate your working and living space to encourage a good ‘work and home life’ balance.
Feng Shui expert, Priya Sher, shares how to position your furniture to create the most productive work space.
Add a splash of colour
Color Psychologist, Angela Wright, states there are four primary psychological colors: red, blue, yellow and green. Whether you work indoors or outside, surrounding yourself with certain colours can help boost productivity.
Music to improve your mood
Like listening to music whilst working? Turns out it could be making you more productive.
The connection between listening to music you like at work and an improved mood is strong, says Teresa Lesiuk, Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Miami.
Her research shows that listening to that music often produces “mild, positive moods” and being in that frame of mind can be helpful when attempting to get work done.
It turns out it’s not just classical music that stimulates productivity – however we’d avoid anything too heavy.
Keep it cool
If you’ve ever worked in an office, you’ll know how difficult it is to get the temperature right and keep everybody happy.
Working from home means this is one less thing to worry about – as you are in full control of the thermostat.
Staying in the same room all day can be difficult, and often you’ll feel the need to get out of the house. However, if you get the temperature of your home right, you may be able to minimize this – and even boost your productivity.