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In a matter of weeks, the world turned upside down due to the social distancing requirements of COVID-19. One of the most prominent disruptions for many office workers was the sudden shift to remote working arrangements. The intention behind this drastic shift was primarily to maintain a degree of output and productivity for companies during the pandemic.
Some would say that this was an inevitable change in an increasingly digital world. Telecommuting positions have increased in popularity as working from home becomes a more popular and often necessary choice for many workers. Then there are others who would argue that there are pitfalls associated with the sudden transition to working from home, as many are left with having to work alongside their children or other family members in spaces that are not suitable for work. The added responsibility for parents to take on homeschooling roles also takes a toll on work productivity.
So what now? Should we all just come to terms with having a slump in creativity, innovation, and productivity in our new home offices? “Not at all,” says Duy Huynh, the founder of leading smart office company Autonomous. “We’ve all heard about how it’s better to work smart than to work hard, and it is now easier than ever to work smart from home, even if you’re limited on space.”
Autonomous is widely known for its lineup of adjustable standing desks, ergonomic chairs, and auxiliary products, all of which are durable, comfortable, and affordable. The company takes pride in their unique take on modern office furniture which enables a “smarter” workspace and the perfect ergonomic home office. “The ergonomic home office has quickly turned from being a luxury to a real necessity,” says Huynh. “The number of inquiries on our product lineup has skyrocketed, as consumers are trying to quickly educate themselves on why these nontraditional items are needed for their new home office spaces.”
The Benefits of Standing Desks
Standing desks have gained a lot of popularity in recent years due to research which has indicated that sitting desks, when used for extended periods, can have negative health effects such as weight gain, higher blood-sugar levels, and related back pain. Those are not a concern with standing desks, and if anything, standing desks improve mood and energy levels, which translates to greater productivity.
“There are numerous types of standing desks available,” says Huynh. “Our solution is height adjustable. Our German-engineered motorized frames allow for over 50,000 adjustment points, ensuring it will be just right no matter what type of setup is needed.”
What Makes Smart Office Chairs Smart
Most any workaholic knows from experience, a chair is not just a chair. When it comes to the home office, smart chairs are the way to go. We all have our personal preferences when it comes to armrests and seat cushions. Lumbar support is needed for lower back comfort, and head support is needed for improved blood circulation.
The Autonomous ErgoChair 2, for instance, features an Italian-designed tilt tension mechanism, offering 360° of flexibility and adjustability with full-body support in any seated position. It is also paired with a breathable, responsive Korean mesh back to promote a healthy upright posture.
The Final Touch: Accessories
Smart office accessories aren’t limited to those miniature zen gardens or Newton’s cradles. The right accessories are actual upgrades, such as powerful desk lamps and adjustable monitor arms, or other finer details such as anti-fatigue mats, flow boards, and designated cable trays. “It may not seem like much, but smart office accessories can make your workspace even more comfortable and productive,” says Huynh.
COVID-19 did indeed force companies to make employees work from home when possible, which led to an increase in sales for companies such as Autonomous. What’s great about Autonomous is that it isn’t simply taking in the sudden uptick in orders in stride. The company is also giving back to medical professionals in need. Huynh says, “Autonomous has decided to commit to contributing 1% of our revenue to hospitals crucially in need of masks. So 1% of every transaction you make with us, you are donating directly to American health centers to protect thousands of human lives.”
So if you find yourself working from home, in conditions that are not ideal for your productivity, there is no time like the present to explore smart office solutions such as those offered by Autonomous. After making the switch, you’ll find yourself favoring the home office over the traditional office setup in no time.