Working from home isn’t always the path to wellbeing – but these solutions can help not just your health but the environment.
Home working is the dream for many of us, with numerous benefits compared to working in an office. But there are ways to make it even better, with ergonomic and sustainable home office furniture.
Why home working works
No commuting, screen breaks when you want them, more freedom to work in a way that you choose – there are lots of benefits to working from home. Some of these are very tangible – a study by Nicholas Bloom, Stanford Professor of Economics, found that people working from home were generally happier and healthier and were massively more productive.
Government research tells us that more than four million people work from home in the UK now, and while many of them have the perfect set-up, many don’t realise that they can invest in their home office with furniture that not only has the health benefits of being ergonomic but is also made with the latest sustainable techniques.
Invest in your health
Your home office chair is one of the most important investment you can make – you use it every day. Humanscale’s Smart Ocean chair is a new iteration of their already classic Diffrient Smart chair. It has the same Form-Sensing Mesh Technology as the original, ensuring a custom fit to the user, but is made from discarded ocean fishing nets as part of Humanscale’s deep commitment to sustainable manufacturing.
Underpinning this is the belief that less bad isn’t good enough – the company needs to make a net positive impact.
The benefits of movement
Working from a sedentary position all day long isn’t ideal, which is why many forward-looking offices have been investing in standing desks, or desks that combine both standing and seated elements. You can bring the same benefits to your home office with Quickstand, an award-winning accessory that introduces sit/stand functionality to your fixed-height desk.
Quickstand will encourage you to move regularly, which can improve circulation and has also been shown to improve concentration. It’s simple to install and use.
The importance of good task lighting
Any high-performance home workplace also needs good lighting. You’re paying the bills, so you need something that’s energy efficient, while also providing a warm, soft light ideal for working.
Humanscale’s Nova task light is the ideal solution. It’s easily adjustable, casts dimmable glare-free light and utilises the most energy efficient LED’s possible. It’s Energy Star-Certified, an ideal purchase if you’re taking an environmentally responsible approach to your home office. It’s all about Humanscale’s approach of design for humans.