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Separation between home and home office good for the mind

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Home working can be beneficial not just for productivity but mental health, provided workers can switch off at the end of the day, one expert has claimed.

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Home working can be beneficial not just for productivity but mental health, provided workers can switch off at the end of the day, one expert has claimed. More businesses than ever have adopted home working to allow their employees to undertake their roles without having to deal with hefty commutes or expensive travel. Some of these, however, do not have their own dedicated garden offices which enable a division to be created between the home environment and the office one. As a result, these people find it difficult to switch off in the evening as their mindsĀ are still at work, wahmresourcesute.com reports. For this reason, therapist Claire Edwards has called on home workers to have a division in place that will keep work and home life separate. A physical division, she claimed, can have effects mentally, by separating the home - which has connotations with relaxing - from work - which is quite the opposite. "If your work and home life becomes blurred, it is important to have a separate room that you work in," she told allmediascotland.com. "Once the day is done, close the door on your home office - out of sight helps greatly with out of mind. To be most effective, home-workers should set boundaries between personal and work time and take regular breaks, just as you should in the office. Again, your productivity can be affected if you don't allow yourself time to rest and re-charge your batteries."

Author:

David Howells

8th March 2013