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Will working from home be your new norm? News Post Image 8th September 2021

Will working from home be your new norm?

by Paul Howe

Last year, the number of adults who worked from home increased to 37% over lockdown.*

Despite many people agreeing that working from home makes them feel isolated, 85% of homeworking adults now favour a "hybrid" approach of both home and office working for the future.*

Whilst job adverts that included home working have increased dramatically to three times the amount seen last year.*

Are you currently working from home?

Here are our top tips on how you can create a healthy working environment.

1. Keep moving When we work from home, we tend to be a lot less active than in an office environment. Exercise is the key to staying in good health, so a lunchtime walk has many benefits and will keep you productive for the rest of the day.

2. Look after your eyes Looking at a computer screen for hours can be taxing on your eyes. Aim to follow the '20/20/20 rule'. That means that every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds, this should help your eyes recover from the strain.

3. Create boundaries It can be tempting to work longer hours from home but remember to have boundaries between work and home life. Having a home office can be beneficial as a designated workspace that you can leave at the end of the day. If you don’t have a home office, why not consider picking a space in your home that will be your professional sanctuary.

4. Put a plant on your desk Plants can play a major role in creating a more peaceful, yet engaging workspace.

5. Natural light is important Natural light is good for your eyes and mind. If your home office doesn’t have any windows, make sure you have plenty of lamps producing light.

6. Invest in a decent coffee machine! Standing up and giving yourself breaks from your computer screen is important. Getting a coffee can be a well-earned break from work and give you some extra energy to get through the day.

With career changes higher in September than any other month of the year, are you looking to relocate? Contact us today to see our latest listings in your area.

** *National Office for Statistics

**Job search website, Monster

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