What Is Resimercial Office Furniture In The Workplace?
The term “Resimercial” Design in the workplace has gained more popularity post-Covid, as NZ workers make the move to hybrid working between their homes and the office.
Resimercial office furniture and office design is a balance of elements from both home and the office with a focus on combatting the cold and the traditional commercial feel of an office space, but instead offering a home-like environment.
The elements of home and office have begun to merge, bringing living room inspired office lounges, café-style meeting places, more casual and comfortable collaborative spaces for teams to meet, office desk spaces with technology to suit the hybrid home/office worker, that is on the move, and a general sense of homely comfort.
For many, work is no longer a rigid separation from home and the office. Modern technology has further served to blur the lines of how and where we work.
Features of Resimercial Design
Work is such an important part of our lives. Why shouldn’t the time we spend there be more comfortable?
If you are thinking about bringing Resimercial design and office furniture into your workplace, keep these key design features in mind:
- Comfortable seating - Including armchair lounge chairs and modular soft seating
- Meeting booths, rather than meeting rooms
- Softer more ambient lighting
- Flexible spaces for different modes of working – Focused work, collaborative work, casual meeting space, and private or formal meeting spaces….
- Residential-inspired accessories like rugs, cushions and lamps
- Commercial upholstery with a more colourful and creative feel
So while flexibility and different spaces for different work activity is not a new concept in office design, the Resimercial workplace environments and technology is becoming top of mind as employees are moving away from individual workspaces in favor of more relaxed spaces — akin to what you might find at home.
View some of our soft seating options below, ideal for the Resimercial workplace HERE in our soft seating range
Tips and Challenges When Working From HomeNo traffic and long soul-crushing commute, no managers or co-workers hanging over your shoulder, working from home is wonderful! But it does have it's challenges.
Working Too Much
Some managers might worry that employees will slack off while working from home, but in reality the opposite may be true, with remote workers actually overworking. When your personal and work life all happens under the same roof, it can be hard to switch off.
How to avoid Overworking
- Set appointments in your calendar for the end of the day and when to take a break
- Be clear with your team when you are leaving
- Create physical boundaries between you and your workspace
How to get the important tasks done
- Eat the Frog - Do your hardest and most challenging tasks early and at the beginning of the day
- 1-3-5 Rule - Plan to do 1 really BIG thing, 3 Medium things and 5 small things every day
Create a comfortable, ergonomic, productive and inspiring work area
The first step is to establish a space for your work-from-home time. The space should be comfortable and enhance productivity and focus. As you would in the office, don’t forget the importance of ergonomics when you are working at home! Make sure you have a good ergonomic office chair for good posture throughout the day, the right amount of work surface to work comfortably and that your monitor is at eye level.
Many of us work off laptops when at home, but if you are settling in for a longer period of time to work from home, a laptop screen maybe too small and cause eye strain and poor posture.
Think about the following products that you might need to make your space ergonomic – Monitor, Monitor Riser, Footrest, Ergonomic Chair, Mouse pad, separate keyboard and mouse to your laptop, sit/stand desk…. Browse Workspace Direct for more ideas.
It might seem like a simple tip, but it’s a crucial one!
People love to work from home and stay in their PJ’s. This might work for some people but is it killing your productivity? To ‘dress for success’ does matter as well when you work from home.
You might not wear your usual work attire or wear your usual make up or spend quite so much time on your hair when working from home, but it is important to feel good and feel confident to do your best work. You also want to be ready for those online video meetings and chats!
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
If you don’t usually work from home, chances are there will be some bumps in the road. The key to steering through these bumps is communication.
Make sure you have a plan that lays out expectations for how often you should check in and keep in touch with your colleagues or manager. How will you convey any changes or new projects amongst your team?
Plan and schedule your online video meetings and catch ups. This plan is likely to change as you go and that’s ok, you will soon find what works best for everybody.
Step Away & Step Outside when you need to
With the usual hum and distractions of a physical office or work place, it might be too easy to become absorbed in your work when at home. Don’t forget to get up stretch those legs and get some fresh air every now and then.
Work out a few new routines and create some new good habits that suits your new work at home environment to keep you happy and productive.
Set an alarm for every hour or so, and take 2-5 minutes to stretch and walk around. Regularly stretching helps you maintain great posture. At a minimum, stretch throughout the day so you don’t get fatigued.
Keep Clearly Defined Working Hours
I know, hard to do for some workaholics! But just as you would designate and separate your physical workspace, you should be clear about when you’re working and when you’re not at home as well.
You’ll get your best work done and be most ready to transition back to the office if you stick with your regular hours.
Plus, if your role is collaborative, being on the same schedule as your co-workers makes everything much easier for your team.
If you are working from home over the COVID-19 period or setting up for the long term to work from home, visit us at www.workspacedirect.co.nz for all your Home Office Essentials.
Stay Safe, Stay Home and Be Kind!