If you’re looking for a room rental in Singapore, one of the things you may consider is whether you are able to comfortably work from home (WFH). After all, hybrid working arrangements are now the norm.
In this article, we’ll provide some tips on how to set up a mini home office in your rented room or co-living accommodation in Singapore.
WFH is the new normal
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us had to get used to WFH arrangements. Through remote working, we’ve learnt how to collaborate with our colleagues through Zoom or even master new tech or digital skills. Even as more of us can now go back to the office or the workplace, hybrid working arrangements are here to stay.
If you’re a local and have many family members living under one roof, it may have been distracting to work from home. Due to the lack of space, some of you may have even moved out and rented a room in a co-living space so you can have more comfortable and peaceful home working environment. At the same time, this allows you to enjoy some independence.
If you’re an expat, you’ll also want to ensure that there’s a functional workspace in a corner of your room rental. As hybrid working arrangements are here to stay, a conducive WFH environment is crucial on the days when you work remotely.
5 simple tips to set up your home office
If you’re looking to set up your mini home office in your room rental, keep in mind these tips to optimise your work-from-home setup.
1. Pick the right spot for your desk in your room
The desk is the most important piece of furniture in your home office and it needs to be located in the right space in your room. The space around your desk should not be too cramped so that you can work comfortably. You should also place your desk near a window so that there’s adequate natural light.
2. Choose a “right-sized” desk
Your desk needs to be big enough so it can fit your laptop or desktop and still have space for you to pore over documents. The nature of your job may also play a part in the size of your desk. In an industry where you’ll need to have both a desktop and laptop to do your work? Then you’ll definitely need a bigger desk.
3. Select an ergonomic chair
One of the best home office investments you can make is to buy an ergonomic chair. A good-quality chair can help to protect your posture if you sit for long hours and this will relieve you of back pain. Look out for ergonomic chairs that provide lumbar support and come with adjustable arms, seat angles and heights.
4. Get the right accessories
The right accessories can make working at home more conducive and convenient. These could include: headsets for your Zoom calls, a wireless mouse, noise-cancelling headphones, a laptop stand, a reading lamp, a cable organizer to keep your wires from tangling up, storage and other organisers to prevent your desk from being cluttered.
5. Add some decorative items
Working from home doesn’t have to be boring. Sometimes jazzing up your room with the right décor can also put you in the right mood to work. For example, you can place a few potted plants for greenery or a few artful prints to dress up your work space.