The impact and consequences of COVID-19 have forever changed the way we do just about everything. Masks, social-distancing and working remotely are still de rigueur and will be for quite some time.
Need for a home office
As we begin to reopen businesses, company leaders themselves say that COVID-19 has jolted them into thinking about more permanent changes in how we all work—shifts that will last much longer than this crisis and could forever reconfigure the entire notion of offices.
According to a survey conducted by YouGov in partnership with USA TODAY and LinkedIn, most people, 54-percent, said they didn’t have a remote work setup before COVID-19; meanwhile, 74-percent of professionals age 18 to 74 said they are now working from home.
RV – Unique home office option
If you already own a RV, constructing a home office in it will involve getting creative and the willingness to invest time and money, but the end result will be a comfortable and multi-functional space. If you are thinking of purchasing a new RV, you can have it customized to include a work area; or, to save money, you can go for a cheaper model with a standard computer desk. Essentials to consider for RV office include a standing desk, wireless keyboard and wireless mouse, all-in-one printer/scanner/copier and an external monitor.
Keep things practical
One of the best things you can do when designing your RV office is to keep things simple. Since space is limited, you need to eliminate anything that doesn’t suit more than one purpose and at all costs, avoid clutter. If you master this, you’ll easily be able to find the perfect balance between work and the play you’ve been working for.
Work from home vs. in-office productivity
According to data gathered by RescueTime, knowledge workers, software developers, and IT professionals are all more productive when they work from home. This was true both at small and medium businesses and large companies (over 500 employees).
RescueTime automatically tracks how we spend our time on our digital devices and then categorizes and scores it on a scale of very distracting to very productive. For this research, they looked at the median percentage of time that home and office workers spent on specific categories of tasks:
- Core work: This is the thing in your job description (software development for developers, writing for writers, designing for designers, etc…);
- Communication: Emails, chats, calls, and meetings; and
- Everything else: Things like file management (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.), admin, and all the other small things that don’t fit into one of the above buckets.
Their data revealed that remote workers had a 4-percent increase in average daily time spent on their core work and an 18-percent decrease in time spent on communication compared to office workers.
Bottom Line: According to RescueTime, remote workers save 2–5.5 hours a day without commuting and in-person meetings. Not only are people working from home more productive, but they also spend less of their day on work-related tasks.
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