What’s Working Today in Home Offices
December 10, 2018 – HIGH POINT, N.C. – For about 4 million Americans, at least half of their work week is spent working from home, and that number is rising every year.
“Working from home is a way of life for many Americans, and home office furnishings are evolving to support the needs of this modern workforce,” says Jackie Hirschhaut, vice president of public relations for the American Home Furnishings Alliance.
According to a 2016 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, 60 percent of U.S. companies offer employees some sort of telecommuting opportunities – a threefold increase from 1996.“If someone in your household is taking advantage of a work-from-home option in 2019, now is the time to upgrade a workspace to maximize productivity,” says Hirschhaut. “Flexible, multi-function and ergonomic furnishings increase your ability to stay organized and on task, and ultimately can increase your satisfaction with remote working.”
Today’s multifunctional home office furnishings are attractive enough to fit in any room and offer exciting new innovations. From high-style looks to stand-up desks and heated office chairs, it’s never been easier to equip a home work space to meet your individual needs.
“There is no reason to monopolize the family’s kitchen table nor to cram your work into a re-purposed student desk,” Hirschhaut points out. “Home office furnishings should complement your living space and your work style. With stylish details and true multifunctionality, today’s statement-making desks and storage pieces elevate home office from a supporting role to a leading role in home décor.”
The newest looks in home office furnishings are as fashionable as they are functional, thereby ensuring that they blend seamlessly into any living space. Shoppers can expect to find modern silhouettes, on-trend finishes and an inspiring mix of materials that reflect the new year’s top interior design directions.
Desks boast unique combinations of wood, acrylic, glass and metal, and are appealing enough to stand on their own or anchor the area behind a sofa. For home workers with added storage needs, many manufacturers offer bookcases, file storage and credenzas to coordinate with other accent tables and media consoles. These extended collections help integrate home office pieces into living spaces and also create design continuity for open-floor-plan homes.
Gallup’s 2017 “State of the American Workplace” study found fully remote employees – which includes those who work from home as well as those who have jobs that are mobile – are 27 percent more likely to strongly agree they have the materials and equipment to do their work right. This percentage can only climb as more take advantage of innovative, highly functional home office furniture designs.
Multifunctional desks offer integrated cord management and are designed for modern electronics. Some are designed with 360-degree storage options, work surfaces on multiple sides or secure storage.
Stand-up and multi-level lift desks continue increasing in popularity. Designed in response to the healthcare industry’s theory that “sitting is the new smoking,” these high-tech models feature adjustable-height controls that help users create a comfortable sit-to-stand work surface. Features such as ergonomic controls, programmable height settings and integrated USB and power charging stations make these next-generation styles indispensable for health-focused consumers.
For those who still prefer to sit, heated office chairs are the next generation in home office comfort and wellbeing.
With such improvements in styling, function, health and comfort, it’s no wonder the Gallup study also found that work-from-home options help companies retain their employees and improve employee productivity.
CONTACT: Jackie Hirschhaut, 336/881-1016