The vast majority of those who started working from home during the pandemic are continuing to do so, even if only on a part-time basis. This is true regardless of where in the world you look, coast to coast, nation to nation. With this new trend comes the necessity of having a professional environment, if only for short periods during virtual meetings, conferences, and video calls.
Having a professional environment in which to work is also important for getting you in the right frame of mind for a particular task or client interaction. When you work in a comfortable, cozy, and homey space, your thought processes and the way you speak on the call will change – however slightly – when you get on the phone. This is the same principle as the “hero pose,” which researchers have found gives one natural confidence.
Creating a professional space for these occasions is fairly simple to do, even if you must share the space with the rest of the household or you are needing to set it up in a smaller space. Using dressing screens or screen-printed designer room dividers, you can create a professional backdrop in the midst of a great room, family room, living room, or even outdoors. A wheeled mobile computer desk can even allow you to move from place to place as you wish.
More than a backdrop, you want to create that illusion for yourself that you are in a professional setting, not at home. To do that, you’ll also need to have a standing desk, even if it is just barely the size you need to work. You’ll also need a comfortable but sophisticated place in which to sit during the meeting if you want to make the right impression. The right lounger designs can fulfill this need as well.
If you don’t want to sit in a staunch (and expensive) executive leather chair, consider leather or faux leather chaise instead. It is so versatile that it can also double as a place to rest and take breaks, a place to sit with your tablet or laptop so that you can change your perspective or get comfortable for a while. When not being used as part of your business, the chaise matches perfectly well with the other furnishings in the room, fulfilling the trend toward multipurpose furniture.
When you start looking for a lounger to use while working from home, the number of options can boggle the mind. You can narrow your search results by looking for these top design features.
Easily cleaned and disinfected: Even if you don’t see clients, vendors, or colleagues in your home, you should still keep in mind that everything in your home should be disinfected periodically. There is no telling how long the danger will last before it lessens, but in the meantime, the ability to clean and disinfect your furniture is truly necessary.
Built-in technology: Over 90 percent of all people over the age of 16 on a global scale have at least one mobile device to charge each day. Younger children and teens also usually have at least one device to charge for school. In addition, most people have a tablet or ebook reader in addition to their actual phone, and children also have these devices for use at home. If you aren’t getting furniture with built-in charging stations, you’re missing out on a great opportunity.