James Busuttil

Design Consultant, Dex Workspaces

James Busuttil has been a sales and design consultant at Dex Workspaces for two years. He has over five years of experience in sales, particularly in the furniture industry. At Dex, he specialises in office furniture, handling small purchases from individual customers to major projects of corporate organisations.

Home, sweet… office?

Friday 16th September 2016

Home offices have become increasingly popular in Malta, ever since speedy and secure internet connections made more flexible work arrangements possible.

It doesn’t matter whether you work in a study, in the kitchen, or even your bedroom – you could theoretically get work done anywhere, and at any time. But is working from home as easy as sounds? In reality, the kitchen isn’t just the most dangerous place in the house; it’s probably the most distracting one too! And working in your bedroom is nigh on impossible. How can you concentrate properly when the bed is constantly beckoning you back into its warm embrace?

As many entrepreneurs and freelancers already know, to make working from home actually work you need more than just any old table on which you can plonk your laptop. But the truth is that most people start working from home without having a plan. They think, “I’ll use this room or small area, and kit it out with the equipment I need.”

What starts off as a simple desk-and-chair setup quickly evolves into a sprawling complex of cabinets, shelves, drawers, computer equipment, cables and office paraphernalia.

You have work to do, clients to take care of, and worrying about whether your office setup is good enough should be the last thing on your mind.

But how can I be sure that a complete home office package will match my exact requirements? Won’t I still have to tweak it so that it fits my personal needs… and fits into whatever space I have available at home?

If you’re serious about transforming part of your home into a distraction-free and productive workspace, you should at least consider looking at professionally-designed and fully-equipped home offices that are aesthetically pleasing, and – most importantly – comfortable to work in.

Every workstation should be personalised in order to create the perfect environment for you, and also be designed to fit any space. There are a multitude of benefits that you can enjoy when working in a professionally-designed home office, including:

  1. Flexibility – The ability to determine your own working hours is great, but flexibility goes beyond that. You can set your own environment which is suitable for you and makes you the most efficient.
  2. Fewer distractions – At home, you can immerse in your work space without being interrupted by co-workers chatter or unimportant meetings. Professionals working in their own pace are often happier and more productive. 
  3. Better work-life balance – Sometimes a working from home agreement needs to be implemented in order to help modern professionals juggle job responsibilities and life commitments at more easily.
  4. Better health – Not commuting for work every day is proven to reduce stress. Instead, that could be used to start physical exercise and stay fit. For others, being in proximity to their family gives them comfort.

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