Health and wellness research contributes to a visually
appealing home office conducive to comfort,
productivity, and better physiological functioning
By Michele Keith
According to research-based consulting organization Global
Workplace Analytics and FlexJobs, the online search firm
for professionals seeking remote, flexible schedule, part-time,
and freelance jobs, 3. 9 million U.S. employees, or 2.9 percent
of the total U.S. workforce, work from home at least half of
the time. And, according to Gallup, as of 2017, 43 percent
of employed Americans now work remotely at least
occasionally. Further, a 2017 report from Canadian firm
Regus shows just under 50 percent of business professionals
in Canada working remotely at least 2.5 days per week, with
11 percent working remotely 100 percent of the time.
How are they doing this? Have they commandeered the
kitchen table? Turned the guestroom into an executive suite?
Has the entire concept of a home office changed?
i+D spoke with interior designers, as well as manufacturers,
designers, and retailers of home office furnishings, to get their
take on the topic. The experts shared the plusses and minuses
of working at home and shed light on how to create a home
office that allows the resident to “close the door and go home”
at the end of the day—even when there is no actual door.