When you start a new job or even start working from home it is important that you have a workspace where you feel happy, calm, safe and respected. Having all of these and a space that you enjoy will hopefully help you to work better, thus meaning you produce more quality work. I honestly believe that a happy workplace means a happy worker.
It’s been almost a year since I became self-employed and started working from home. At the start, it was a scary process and one I wasn’t sure would even be worth the hassle but 12 months and I’m glad I stuck it out. All of my doubts have disappeared and I couldn’t be happier. I won’t lie and say it’s all been plain sailing because it hasn’t but all the worries I had before, have definitely been ironed out and are no longer a problem. I think this is down to a number of factors but knowing that #MyWorkingWorld takes place at home where I have all of the following really helps:
A safe environment to work in – You need to feel safe where you work. Working from home I don’t have this problem, but if where you work you are being bullied, harassed, intimidated or being discriminated against you don’t have to stand for it and your employers have a duty to deal with any issues that you bring up in a professional, objective, fair and unbiased manner. If you feel that they haven’t dealt with your concerns appropriately or you want to take things further Slater and Gordon may be able to help. They have all the information you need should you think there is an issue in your workplace.
An organised space – If your workspace is messy and cluttered this can hinder your work. I love having a list and diary to hand so that I can jot down important dates and information, I know then that everything is in one safe place. Having a list means that the most important things I have to remember definitely won’t be forgotten. I also try to keep all of my work things in one place and have recently started to clear space for a desk so that I can keep all my work stuff together.
Peace and calm – I don’t know about you but I work better when I am home alone. Sometimes I need the boys to help with reviews but when it comes to writing editorial work or editing images I need peace and quiet. Don’t get me wrong a little background noise of the TV or music can help me focus but having three boys arguing over Minecraft or an Xbox One controller really does put me off the work I am doing and it can mean that work is postponed or rushed so I try to work when they are at school or in bed.
A happy place – This for me is the most important thing. If you aren’t happy in your workspace then you won’t ever produce your best work. There is no worse feeling than being somewhere that you feel you don’t belong. Only you can change that. If your desk is bland add pictures of your loved ones, listen to your favourite songs to help pass the time and if you work from home you could consider updating your home decor so that your working area is fresh and bright and exactly how you want it to be.
What makes your working world perfect?
*This is a collaborative post*