Cultivating the Disciplines Needed to Work from Your Home Office Successfully

People who work from their work from home office around Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire have distinct advantages, but they face certain risks, depending on their circumstances.

Read on to see what those are and how to handle them so you can work at home successfully.

Working from Home’s Upward Trend in SoCal

In Southern California, working from home has been a trend that’s on the rise and tripled between 2019 and 2021. Clearly, the COVID-19 shutdown impacted working habits. The six-county Southern California Association of Governments reported the results of a research study from 2021.

In Los Angeles County, about 22% of employees work from home. That’s about one in every five employees.

Orange County has fewer work-from-home employees with 20.9% while San Bernardino County tallies in with 13.7% and Riverside County follows with 13.6%.

In 2006, only 4% of people identified as working from home, and that number only bumped slightly for the next 15 years when 6% of those surveyed said they worked from home.

Work From Home Office SitOnIt SwitchBack Desk
Photo: SitOnIt Switchback Desk

Equipping and planning the work-from-home office and treating it like an extension of the corporate office is strategic.

Work From Home Office Trade-Offs

Rush hour.

Does any more need to be said?

If you have to commute more than 10 miles from your home to the office you know what you face each morning and each evening on most freeways and surface streets.

Working from home eliminates commuting time to the office, but your trade-off can mean less contact with other professionals.

The other issue to handle is blending work life and personal life. Are you caring for others? Kids or aging parents? Those needs may replace your commute and be more demanding.

Working from your home office or other remote spaces has pitfalls to watch for and guard against.

Home Office Boundaries

Defining your work-from-home space is essential to being productive and moving from a personal mindset to a professional point of view.

The morning and evening commute gets a bad rap because of traffic from the 405 in West LA to the 215 in the Inland Empire. But do you know the benefit of a commute? It provides a separation between work and personal life. You may be under pressure, but mentally you can move from one space and adjust to another.

Create those boundaries by planning an office space that’s just right for your needs. The space needed for a desk is often minimal. You need a surface area, some storage, power cords, and an online connection. And the types of desks available can be equal to a set-up in the company’s headquarters.

Look for what’s light and sleek like the iDesk M Series Desk with a storage panel and multiple configuration options.

The iDesk D Series Private Office Desk Workstation works well in either corporate spaces or home offices.

Work From Home Office Loftwall Hitch Space Divider
Photo: Loftwall Hitch Space Divider


Photo: Loftwall Split Space Divider

Use space dividers if you have others coming in and out of the home throughout the day. Check the Loftwell Hitch Space Divider and the Loftwall Split Space Divider for models that provide a boundary without making users feel closed in.


Photo: Friant System 2 Workstation

Consider a cubicle for your home office. A model like the Friant System 2 Workstation has plenty of customizable options to fit a small space or open area.

If you like to see your day and tasks visually then a whiteboard on a wall or a moveable whiteboard can also be used to separate work and personal life.

Structure is Key

You need structure to be as productive as possible at your work from home office. It’s not hard to envision what that may be, but develop a structure that’s workable and doesn’t cut into your most productive times.

Try not to deviate from your morning routine. Make those first few hours count. If you don’t have a morning commute then take a brisk walk before you begin working and take one again toward the end of the day. If you drive kids to school or have to care for aging parents then work mild exercise into your schedule. It can help settle your mind and any feelings of jumbled nerves or feeling like you’re in a mad rush.

Focused Time and Break Time

Try to eliminate multitasking. It may work as a parent who’s handling a couple of different children while cooking meals and doing laundry, but handling multiple work tasks at one time isn’t productive. You lose momentum and thought when switching from one task to another.

If you have 90 minutes, then make sure nothing else interrupts that time. Take a break and then come back for more focused time.

Work From Home Office Communication

If you’re an employee who works remotely or on a hybrid schedule and the arrangement is beneficial then be a good example by being an outstanding communicator.

Check-in regularly with your team at the office whether via email or virtual meetings.

Here’s an idea.

Work From Home Office Scale 1:1 TeleMeet Tables
Photo: Scale 1:1 Telemeet Tables

Have a wall monitor for your virtual meeting space instead of using your laptop or phone. Use a separate media table and the corporate office can design its own videoconferencing space using attractive architectural walls.

Take initiative and suggest times you could drive in for updates. Many corporate executives fear that employees who are out of sight are also out of mind.

Eliminate those fears that the company has of losing accountability. Hold them accountable and communicate so they’re aware of your efforts, progress, and challenges.

Turn to Expertise

The team at 2010 Office stays up to date on trends to help clients plan their work areas as well as work from home office spaces.  They help design environments to improve employee engagement, and equip companies for improved productivity. Get input on connecting home offices with corporate spaces.

Contact 2010 Office and let them know your project needs.

2010 Office works with clients who are among Southern California’s most distinguished corporations, nonprofits, and small businesses.

Read Also: Your Guide to Equipping Your Home Office
Main Photo: SitOnIt Switchback Desk
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: Friant, Loftwall, Scale 1:1, and SitOnIt

Planning for Happiness and Productivity in the Office

Happiness and Productivity in the Office OFS Heya Table
Cultivate strong morale and you’ll have more employees who are happy and engaged in their work. But is happiness in the office really important? Shouldn’t people just buckle down and do their work?  Read on to learn how to plan for happiness and productivity in the office.

Let’s think it through and see how to turn happiness into something that’ll fuel a competitive advantage in your company.

What would you rather have?

An employee constantly daydreaming of splashing in the surf off Malibu or skiing in Big Bear while wondering how they can rage apply for jobs at other companies? Or an employee who’s happily focused on finishing their tasks to the best of their abilities?

Happiness matters. Employees who are upbeat and positive will deliver.

In the book, The Happiness Advantage, author Shawn Achor concludes, “A decade of research proves that happiness raises nearly every business and educational outcome: raising sales by 37%, productivity by 31%, and accuracy on tasks by 19%, as well as a myriad of health and quality of life improvements.”

Think of high job satisfaction as a competitive advantage.

But can companies do anything to affect an employee’s happiness?

Create a Destination Place for Happiness and Productivity in the Office

In September 2022, a discussion on the social media platform Reddit surveyed what makes people happy in Los Angeles. Attractions like the Greek Theater, Hollywood Bowl, and Sunset Strip ranked high as did food, like the variety of ethnic foods—from Mexican and Peruvian to Thai and Ethiopian.

You’re not expected to turn the workplace into a resort, but you’re making the office a desired place to settle in and work. In the age of hybrid work schedules and remote work possibilities, create an upbeat atmosphere where people want to be. Make it part of your internal branding.

And as far as food, once or twice a year have entrees brought in that reflect the diverse tastes of Los Angeles.

Here’s what matters.

Plan Spaces

An office with an effective workflow isn’t just a random collection of desks. You need to think of who the users are and how they need unique spaces:

  • Executive decision-makers
  • Managers
  • Full-time in-house employees with specific functions
  • Remote workers
  • Temporary employees


Photo: Enwork Cayman Height Adjustable Desk

An executive may spend hours at her desk, but could her office, or the area just outside the office, also serve as a strategic planning center?


Photo: Friant Anza Lounge Chair

How about creating touchdown spaces? These are more informal lounge areas where remote workers coming into the office for a meeting can sit and prepare. They also serve as meeting areas for in-office workers with an atmosphere that’s more relaxed than conference rooms.

Use Supportive Equipment

Ergonomics is key to achieve happiness and productivity in the office. Keep in mind the benefits of ergonomics and that they set the tone for happy employees. A range of products can help you achieve your goals.


Photo: AMQ Tizu Work Chair

Quality ergonomic chairs that adjust to support the lower back, elbows, and knees reduce the stress of sitting.


Photo: DeskMakers Hover Workstations

Height-adjustable desks make it possible for computer monitors to be at a comfortable eye level so any strain on the neck and shoulders is minimized.


Photo: Snowsound Corner Desk Panels

Ergonomic accessories like proper lighting are a necessity to reduce eye strain. Good lighting is more than lamps. Maximize natural light since it’s proven to boost moods and aid in a person’s natural cycle of waking and sleeping.

Physical discomfort is a distraction and results in much higher rates of absenteeism. Supporting your workers with ergonomic solutions is part of an overall wellness strategy.

Make Clear Communication A Priority

When people know what’s expected of them, then they can handle their work confidently and feel like they’re moving forward with work that matters.

Clarify your vision, mission, and goals.

Listen and address the challenges that arise.

What you’re doing is building a community where people trust each other and believe that management values them.  This will lead to happiness and productivity in the office

This effort “improves processes and procedures and ultimately creates greater efficiencies and reduces costs,” as described by the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) in an article, “Managing Organizational Communication.”


Photo: Friant System2 Workstation

Make communication areas part of your office design. Managers can use cubicles like the Friant System 2 Workstation which can accommodate one to three people for meetings.

Use videoconferencing with remote workers. Everyone can hop on a call using their own laptops, but there could be advantages to having a media space with architectural walls.

Or, use a media table in a compact area. 2010 Office Furniture carries several models.

The Scale 1:1 TeleMeet Connect Table can be expanded to accommodate anywhere from six people to a few dozen staff gathered.

Install a “designated island of productivity” with the OFS Intermix Collaborative Table.

Get Help on Boosting Happiness and Productivity in the Office

Plan for a sustainable and profitable future by fostering happiness and productivity in the office. Trust input from the team at 2010 Office Furniture who have a combined half-century of helping notable clients throughout Los Angeles County, Orange County, and the Inland Empire.

Planning your office space and using furnishings that bring out the best in your team will give you an edge in retaining employees who are engaged in their work.

Contact 2010 Office Furniture with your project needs and questions.

Read Also: The Best Office Spaces are Responsive to Employee Needs
Main Photo: OFS Heya Table
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: AMQ, DeskMakers, Enwork, Friant, OFS & Snowsound

3 Popular Office Layouts to Meet Your Office Culture

3 Popular Office Layouts to Meet Your Office Culture

The Importance of Office Layouts

An office layout that’s set up for maximum functionality and efficiency creates a productive environment. Achieving this optimal arrangement takes planning and accounts for all the necessary accessories and equipment.  Here is an overview of different office layouts, how each can be furnished, and the impact on the personal preferences of employees.

1. Open Office Layouts

A large space without walls is a simple definition of the open office. It’s a highly relational approach to work and fosters communication and collaboration. In practical terms, the layout can also be an easy way to manage people who do a single task like data entry. Tech companies and start-ups often benefit from this layout.  The challenge is that privacy is scarce and there are more distractions than in divided offices.

Seating and Workstation Options:

Adjusting for Personal Needs:

  • Letting employees work from home when they need privacy
  • Creating private areas using comfortable and state-of-the-art lounge chairs like Focal Point and Connection Zone
  • Using Co-op lounges for private, small group discussions and phone conferences

2. Cellular Office Layouts

A large space that’s divided using cubicle style desks offers greater privacy and more personal space than the open office. Benefits include being adaptable in space sizes and design. Sales organizations can benefit from this style where time is split between the office and going out to see clients.  The cubicle usually evokes images of corporate sameness with a dull gray interior and workers slotted into positions. However, today’s options are quite attractive. Instead of industrial grade partitions with desks squeezed in, the desk and cubicle are often one and the same.

Seating and Workstation Options:

Adjusting for Personal Needs:

  • Since cubicles can divide up a room, having an open area for lunches or lounging can offer variety.

3. Private Office Layouts

For an office space that already has hallways and walls, offices ensure the greatest degree of privacy possible. This style is found in top-down organizations and hearkens back to the days when the president of a company had the largest office or prized corner office.  Professional firms and companies where individuals need a high degree of focus in their work can benefit the most from this setup. The downside is that it hinders the relational aspects of work that younger generations enjoy and the layout can seem intimidating and overly formal.

The look of the furniture for private office layouts can reflect the company’s brand and the individual’s brand and personal tastes.

Seating and Workstation Options:

Suggested Innovative Office Layout Ideas

Be a trendsetter or invite employees to design their own office space whether the existing plan is open, made of cells or private rooms.

Shared and Personal Space:

  • Shared spaces can have individual lounge areas nearby. If you use a product like the Mayline – E5 Open Plan Benching that accommodates eight people, then each person could have an individual lounge chair nearby that has a reading lamp and available plug-ins.
  • Encourage the team to decorate according to their hobbies and interests: a library look, sports, or outdoor area.

A Middle of Room Lounge:

  • In an open office space, use modular cubicles or open plan benching around the sides. This is nice if windows let in plenty of natural light. Then in the middle of the room, create an open area for break-time reading, eating and beverage service.
  • Consider an arrangement like the Coact lounge or the Island Modular to bring people together.

Choosing Reception Furniture

The style of office layout will help determine the type of reception desk and guest chairs to use in the entrance of your office.

Designing Your Office Layout

Looking to design your own open, cellular or private office?  Let our experts help you!  2010 Office Furniture has more than 45 years of experience working with some of the most prominent companies in Los Angeles and Orange County, including Southern California Edison, Irvine Chamber of Commerce, The Honda Center, UCLA, Bunim Murray Productions, Hollywood Park Casino, Living Spaces, W Hotels, Sony Pictures Studios, Dignity Health and more.  Share your project with us today and talk to us about a complimentary space planning consultation.

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