Lots of employees in tech and other industries are working from home amid the coronavirus outbreak. In all likelihood, they’ll be encouraged to stay away from the office for the next several weeks.
Remote work poses a challenge for a lot of people though. The disruption in routine and absence of camaraderie can create distractions and drain productivity and morale.
Seth Feingersh, a producer at an NYC-based talent agency, knows all about that. He tweeted that working from home can be tough. But thankfully, his fiancé used her ingenuity to help smooth his transition: She modified his workstation to make it feel more like an office — down to a faux ID card swipe and Fooda menu. (See their photos, below.)
Tips for Your Work From Home Setup
- Determine how many monitors you'll need for your space
- Bring your personality into the room
- Strike a balance between productivity and comfort
In the midst of disruption, remote workers are getting creative with their home offices, adorning their setups not only with comfy chairs and ergonomic keyboards but also with neon lava lamps and vintage bobbleheads — as a way of adding a little levity to the austere reality of hunkering down. Because it’s not all about productivity (though that’s certainly a huge goal). It’s also about asserting one’s creativity in the midst of uncertainty.
People are calling these setups “battlestations.” Here are some of the best that we’ve seen so far.
PLENTY OF SCREEN
Some people prefer several screens. Others like just one mega-sized monitor to work off of. All the more space for open tabs. Check them out:
LOTS OF PERSONALITY
Remote work may last a while, so we might as well get comfortable — and decorate our battlestations with charming flourishes and nerdy knick knacks. It is home, after all. Steal these ideas:
THE MODERN (NOTICE THE LIGHTSABER)
Muted color palette, clean lines and tranquil views — anything to keep the work environment calm. Get inspired: