Most people working from home are doing so in a “make-shift” way. Sometimes it’s at the kitchen table, sometimes at the dining room table, and sometimes from the coffee table in the den or living room.
The Kitchen Table is not Your Home Office
San Diego, May 20, 2008 – Most people working from home are doing so in a “make-shift” way. Sometimes it’s at the kitchen table, sometimes at the dining room table, and sometimes from the coffee table in the den or living room.
According to Bary Sherman, CEO of PEP Productivity Solutions, “If people who routinely work at home try to work in these make-shift ways they are going to suffer from low productivity and physical injuries which can easily affect the long-term quality of life. The good news is that there are some easy guidelines to follow which will improve personal effectiveness and prevent physical injury. They are:
- Have an “office” where you work whether it is a partitioned area in a small apartment or a designated room in a larger house.
- Have regular office hours – ask your friends and family to respect them as they would any business.
- Get a good chair – not one of the mushy ones but one manufactured by one of the serious office furniture venders. You can find them used on Craig’s List or E-bay or at a used office furniture retailer.
- Have good lighting. Not in your face, nor too shaded.
- Make sure your desk work surface is the right height (about 30”) so that you can sit upright.
- Buy real file cabinets that support hanging folders, open all the way and will not break from constant opening and closing.
- Have “parallel” filing systems for both your paper and electronic files.
- Lean how to use Outlook or Notes as a productivity tool – not just for email.
- Schedule your work and work your schedule.
- It’s perfectly ok to go to the kids’ soccer game – just schedule it part of your work plan.
PEP Productivity Solutions is the originator or the White Collar Productivity Index (WPI). The core subjects measured by the 2008 WPI study are handling email, handling paper mail, wasted time at meetings, working overtime, delegating responsibility, dealing with interruptions, looking for lost data, managing work backlogs and planning work.
The WPI study generated serious interest from academia and organizations when it was first made public in 2005, presenting annual statistics collected since 1994 from over 3,200 employees (administration, staff, middle management and senior executives) in major U.S. companies representing a variety of sectors, including the manufacturing, automotive, finance, biotech, education, insurance, accounting and technology industries.
To receive a complete copy of the 2007 WhiteCollar Productivity Index study please contact the source below.
PEP Productivity Solutions, Inc. (formerly IBT-USA, Inc.)
PEP, founded in 1984, is a global consulting firm specializing in workplace solutions that improve the productivity and effectiveness of executives, managers, staff and professionals. PEP clients include such prominent organizations as AARP, Capital One, Capital Group, Ernst & Young, HP, NCR, and Toyota.
Bary Sherman, PEP Productivity Solutions, Inc.