Building off of my colleague Zach’s latest blog about videoconferencing etiquette, I’d like to offer up some suggestions for products employees who are working from home a bit more in the wake of COVID-19 might use to improve their experience.
The following few suggestions are taken from a recent New York Magazine article which asked people who work from home every day what they personally use to keep them focused on their work.
Here are a few work from home products they recommend:
A good desk (not the kitchen table)
Many who work from home — myself included — find themselves at the kitchen table or on their sofa. The problem, though, is associating “work” with settings which are more often associated with relaxation or family togetherness can lead to distraction.
The New York Magazine article refers to a study which suggests “it’s better for your mental health to keep the spaces you sleep, relax, and work in separate.”
Desks can be pricey, but amazon currently has many under $100, such as the one the article recommends.
A cushion could replace the need for expensive office chairs
While we’d love to recommend any new worker-from-home invest in an office chair to go with their new desk, the fact is that chairs are often very pricey. Here’s a cost-effective solution: a Purple Seat Cushion.
More on this from the article:
“…consider this seat cushion that Strategist newsletter editor Mia Leimkuhler uses when she works from her Philadelphia home instead of our New York City HQ (which she has done several days a week for the last three years). Leimkuhler wrote that the cushion is work-from-home insider secret that makes it pleasant to sit “for eight hours in a chair that is not designed to be sat in for eight hours.”
A rice cooker… YES, a rice cooker!
Those who suddenly shift their schedules and work from home — and especially those who don’t love cooking to begin with — could benefit from having a way to procure lunch without taking too much time or effort.
Slow cookers take too much time. What they need is a rice cooker. And there are tons of recipes for one-pot meals starring these things, so they’re a pretty efficient source for lunchtime sustenance.