Technology has progressed enough that it allows employees to access company information remotely, which means working-from-home benefits are much more common. Workers still value using paper in their home offices, but it can sometimes get out of control – paper piles everywhere, unfiled and disorganized. There are a few ways remote staff can get their desks in order and work more efficiently from their home offices.
Here are five tips for organizing the home work environment.
1. Archiving neglected paperwork
The StarTribune pointed out that many have the habit of piling up paper bills, bank statements and other papers to archive, but they never get around to it. Take a day to sit down and organize what to keep and file away. For documents in the "in-between" stage – meaning they're pending or may need action soon – workers can pin them up on cork board or display them on magnetic strips.
2. Displaying the essentials
Home offices have particular necessities. Stuff.co.nz discussed how workspaces have to have a good size desk and comfortable chair that employees can look forward to spending their time with. However, space might be tight.
"If you can't spare a whole room for your work space, a little spot or alcove will do the job just fine. Set up a desk in the corner of your living room or bedroom, or tuck it away in a cupboard, which you can then close up out of sight," Stacey Leibbrandt, the home and living buyer from Mighty Ape, told Stuff.co.nz.
3. Making it personal and fun
The workspace should be a place employees look forward to spending time in. To do this, it should be personalized to suit their preferences. Stuff.co.nz recommended spraypainting the legs of the desk or using colored storage boxes. Even something like a fun, printed calendar above the desk may brighten up the room. There are tons of printed calendars online, ranging from ones where the dates are air bubbles meant to be popped as the month goes on to traditional calendars with cute kittens.
4. Tucking away cords
Cords are the bane of everyone's home office. They always seem to get in the way, and no matter how much effort is put into hiding them, they snake around desks, ugly and unappealing. Making them organized and accessible makes them easier to deal with, and StarTribune recommended labeling them on power strips. This ensures workers don't have to untangle the mess to figure out which cords go where. When employees throw out anything electronic, they should also remember to recycle the cord that goes with it.
5. Storing extra supplies
Paperclips, staples and sticky notes often wander around the desk area and end up where they shouldn't. To avoid this, StarTribune suggested holding them in one particular place in a workspace. A small box can hold all of these things and keep them accessible for employees. It also recommended to avoid buying in bulk – one case of paper clips is good for at least a few years. Workers have to resist the temptation of sales and bulk items.