Best Window Treatments for Your Home Office
"Productivity is never an accident,” says Paul J. Meyer. “It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort."
Alternative work arrangements (AWA) are increasing in popularity every years as a means for companies to attract and retain top talent. And one of the most popular such arrangements is working from home (working remotely). According to the 2017 Gallop State of the American Workplace Report, the polling agency “has consistently found that flexible scheduling and work-from-home opportunities play a major role in an employee’s decision to take or leave a job.” Just last year, 43 percent of employed Americans reported that they spent at least some time working from home.
“Employees are pushing companies to break down the long-established structures and policies that traditionally have influenced their work days,” claims the Gallop report.
Of course, one major obstacle for most work-at-home employees is establishing a sufficient home office – a nice, quiet, and productive space to buckle down and get to work.
Creating the Ideal Home Office
It is important that your home office be comfortable. After all, you spend at least 8 hours a day in this room. So the ambiance of your home office is very important.
“Productivity is never an accident,” says Paul J. Meyer. “It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”
Temperature Plays an Important Role in Productivity
Temperature directly affects productivity. According to a Cornell University study, employee productivity is at its highest when office temperature falls between 70 and 73 degrees. Productivity significantly drops, meanwhile, below 63 degrees or above 82 degrees – employees waste 10% of their time per hour and make 44% more mistakes.
Our Recommendation: Honeycomb Shades can help reduce heat transfer through a window by as much as 55-65%, lowering your energy bills and making your home much more comfortable on those hot summer days. The key is the honeycomb design, which creates pockets of inert air (cells), a poor conductor of heat. These shades help create an effective temperature-transfer barrier between the window and the room, keeping heat out and conditioned from escaping through your windows.
“Cellular shades [Honeycomb Shades] are one of the most versatile window treatments available today,” says interior decorator Margaret Ryall.
Office Aesthetics Inspire
“People spend a lot of time at work and their environment definitely affects them,” says Chanuki Illushka Seresinhe, of the Warwick Business School Data Science Lab. “So if pleasant scenery makes people feel better, there’s a good case that the scenicness of their working environment will have a similar effect.”
It just makes sense. A visually pleasing office puts you at ease and allows you to focus on your work – boosting both morale and productivity. “Just make your space reflect who you are,” advises Mark Montgomery, founder of FLOthinkery.
Our Recommendation: Wood Blinds remain one of the most popular choices for any room – especially a home office. Wood blinds “add a feeling of warmth and coziness to the atmosphere in the room,” says writer Jimmy Sturo of Ezine Articles, and “give a natural look to the room with a graceful charm.”
Here at Next Day Blinds, we custom craft each and every wood blind in our very own state-of-the-art factory, located right here in Maryland, using 100% Premium Basswood and furniture grade finishes.
Natural Light Boosts Productivity, Morale
“There are certain factors that everyone knows affect workplace productivity,” says Andrew Jensen, a business growth, efficiency and marketing consultant – aesthetics, size and space, privacy, and noise level just to name a few. “But there is one important factor often overlooked by most employers across the globe: lighting.”
Workplaces with good light exposure saw as much as a 40 percent increase in productivity as well as a marked decrease in error rate, according to statistics from Eco-Business. Workers in such offices also saw a 15 percent increase in creativity. The same principles hold true for your home office. In order to achieve maximum productivity, you need to make sure your home office is comfortable and properly lit.
“Ensuring that we receive adequate light levels at the appropriate time of day benefits our alertness, mood, productivity, sleep patterns, and many aspects of our physiology,” says Dr. Victoria Revell, a chronobiologist at the University of Surrey.
“The extent to which daylight exposure impacts office workers is remarkable,” adds Ivy Cheung, a Neuroscience doctoral candidate at Northwestern University.
Our Recommendation: Solar Shades help reduce debilitating glare without blocking natural light. “The material is usually a vinyl mesh which is available in varying degrees of ‘open-ness,’” explains interior designer Mike Strutt. “The more open they are, the more light they let in, and the more you can see through (both in and out).”
At Next Day Blinds, our solar shade fabric rates from 1% openness (most privacy) to 10% openness (most unobstructed view). “Solar Shades are the best invention,” says interior designer Shannon Kirby. “[They are] perfect for daytime to let the light in but keep the heat and harmful rays out.”