Finding a happy balance: 10 work from home wellbeing tips
May 14, 2021

Figuring out how to be happy working from home is an adjustment for anyone. Some people will thrive in a remote working environment, while others might find themselves struggling to connect.

The statistics on remote work and happiness present a divided picture:

·         65% of surveyed workers said they would be more productive in a home office setting.

·         50% of respondents in a survey regarding mental wellbeing working from home expressed unhappiness with their work-life balance.

Whoever you are, and however you work best, there’s a solution out there for you. With the right tools and work from home wellbeing tips at your disposal, we believe that all remote workers can thrive in a home-based environment.

Ten work from home wellbeing tips

1.     Set clear boundaries for yourself

According to Forbes, 4 out of 5 homeworkers say they find it challenging to turn off once the working day is over. But when your office space is steps away from your living room, boundaries are essential.

It might feel unnatural at first, but if you can get into the habit of being strict with yourself, you’ll be able to create that all-important line between working hours and free time at home.

One of the best ways to do this is to ensure that you have a designated work from home workspace and decorate this area in a way that appeals to you. If you’re looking for tips, try re-contextualising some creative ways to improve your meeting room design (more on this coming soon).

2.     Communicate your boundaries with those around you

As we’ve said, boundaries are essential in the fight to ensure positive remote work wellbeing. This includes your family and housemates too.

If you live with other people, make sure you clearly communicate your remote working needs with them.

Procrastination and distractions can cause real problems with your day-to-day productivity. So, if you’re easily distracted, tell others in your home not to disturb you between certain hours or on certain days.

3.     Effectively structure and plan your day

When you work from home, nobody is leaning over your shoulder to keep you on track. To continue to work as effectively as you always have been, make sure you structure out your day.

Careful planning will allow you to make the most of your time, including potentially harnessing your hours of peak productivity.

You also won’t have co-workers bothering you and causing more stress, as you’ll have your workload mapped out.

4.     Invest in ergonomic furniture

A truly happy work from home experience is a comfortable one. For business owners supporting remote workers and remote workers themselves, an investment in ergonomic home workspace furniture is an absolute must to help improve posture and physical health.

At Podia, we offer fully integrated solutions that combine stylish, well-built furniture with seamless, high-quality tech, specifically for home working so you can wave goodbye to those back and neck pains.

5.     Connect with colleagues using built-for-purpose software

When you’re coming up with work from home wellbeing boosting ideas, the most important thing to consider is the social isolation that can come with the territory.

Close bonds with other people are imperative to our happiness, but a third of homeworkers feel lonely. Combat this sense of aloneness with the help of built-for-purpose communication software, such as Zoom or MS Teams. 

Arrange video calls with colleagues and keep up throughout the day via an office-wide instant messaging system. Replicate the connections that you’d find in a real-life office building and you’ll soon begin to feel less alone. 

6.     Don’t get cabin fever

When you live and work at home, it’s easy to go a little stir crazy. Try and get outdoors before or after work, or even during your breaks. 

Remind yourself that the world is out there and grab some fresh air in the process. It’s good for your physical and mental health.

7.     Invest in a quality tech set-up

Just as some quality ergonomic furniture can elevate the homeworker’s experience to another level, so can the perfect tech set-up. There’s nothing more frustrating than working with sub-par technology.

Our optimised teleworking bundles will change the remote working game and improve worker wellbeing in the process too. 

These bundles are carefully crafted to deliver a high-quality, consistent experience, perfect for collaboration with colleagues across the country.

8.     Arrange a remote work happy hour

Once you’ve tackled communicating well with your virtual colleagues during work hours, consider getting your team together and bouncing around remote work happy hour ideas.

Bring back some of that variety by connecting with colleagues after-hours. Whether your best work buddy is two miles down the road or across the other side of the world, a virtual drink is never out of the question.

9.     Reach out for support when you need it

As more businesses turn to hybrid and remote methods of working, remote worker wellbeing will continue to be a point of ongoing conversation for company leadership.

With every month that passes, support systems for remote workers become more advanced and easily accessible. Many businesses now offer mental health first aiders, wellness activities for remote employees, and various other support services on request.

If you need support, or you’re struggling with home working, reach out right away and solve your issues before they have a chance to snowball.

10.     Prioritise a good night’s sleep

With fewer boundaries between home and work, turning off for the night can be tricky for those who work from home. 

Around 70% of workers found that during the transition from office building to home office, their sleeping patterns were disrupted.

Don’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. Create an evening wind-down routine that works well for you. Try and wake up at the same time each day to keep your body clock in sync with your home working schedule.

We’re here to support your remote wellbeing

At Podia, we’re here for you, and we have the resources to support your remote work wellbeing in several ways. Our high-performance work from home workspaces, comprised of premium technology and stylish ergonomic home workspace furniture, will level up your remote working experience.

All our workspace solution bundles also come with Rise by Podia – our well-being content and community portal. On this platform, you’ll find tailored productivity resources and content focused on improving the overall wellbeing of remote workers.

For more information about our wide range of workspace solutions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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