4 tips to setup your home office for WFH success

One of the few bright spots in the midst of the global pandemic is the realization that we can work -productively and efficiently – at home.

The concept of Work-from-Home (or WFH) has been around for quite some time but it took the necessity for isolation and limited physical or social contact to make it as widely accepted as it is now.

Aside from ensuring your safety from infection by COVID-19, working from home has allowed you greater freedom and flexibility with your time, saved your the costs of travel, office wardrobe and lunches, as well as provided you with improved work-life balance, hasn’t it?

AllHome Home Officr
AllHome Home Officr

Hopefully, for many of us, WFH is here to stay.

However, this setup is not without some disadvantages, with discomforts and distractions being among the chief complaints among WFH setups.

The good news is that, with a little bit of forethought, these disadvantages can be minimized or eliminated.

All Home Libis Store Tour
All Home Libis Store Tour

Here are some rules of thumb in setting up your home office:

Define the space.

If, after two years of working from home, you haven’t set aside a defined and dedicated space for your home office, I laud your discipline (or pity you for the suffering you put yourself through).

A dedicated (ideally enclosed) area separate from the rest of the household to house your work equipment and provide you with a quiet space for concentration and work meetings will help you work a lot more effectively at home.

Illuminate.

Good lighting is something most people take for granted, but do remember that you need to be able to be able to read from your monitor or notebooks for hours on end. Dealing with glares or shadows while working not only makes it harder to focus on the tasks at hand, it may also cause eye fatigue and headaches, as accidents from momentary blindness as your eyes adjust to sudden changes in lighting conditions.

In these days of Zoom meetings, having enough light to illuminate your face (as opposed to being in shadow in a seemingly dark dungeon) goes a long towards coming across as professional to your colleagues.

If you can’t find a space with good indirect natural light, equip your space with overhead, task and ambient light sources to help your eyes as you do your various activities.

All Home Libis Store Tour
All Home Libis Store Tour

Take a (good) seat.

Your future self will thank you for investing in a good ergonomic chair today as it is designed to support your body as you work while considering your posture, comfort and health.

Sitting in the wrong kind of chair may cause pain in the neck, back and hip areas, as well as distractions due to discomforts caused by poor circulation and posture.

Get organized.

All you need to be able to work should be within easy reach but you also need to keep workspace spic-and-span to reduce distractions and improve your productivity.

This is why using smart storage solutions is a must. If floor space is limited, consider storing vertically through the use of stacking drawers, floating shelves, rolling carts or even pegboards.

So get to work on setting up your workspace. And you can get all you need for your home office at your nearest All Home branch.

AllHome Home Officr
AllHome Home Officr

AllHome is the Pinoy’s one-stop shop for all home needs. It offers an extensive range of top-quality home-improvement products such as construction supplies, hardware, appliances, indoor and outdoor furniture, homeware, décor, and even electronic gadgets all under one roof.

Its Metro Manila branches include:

  • Vista Place (Wil Tower), Eugenio Lopez Drive, Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City
  • E. Rodriguez Jr. Brgy. Bagumbayan, Quezon City
  • Starmall EDSA-Shaw, Ground, Epifanio de los Santos Ave, Mandaluyong
  • Worldwide Corporate Center, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong
  • Vista Mall Taguig, Levi Mariano Ave., Taguig City
  • Vista Mall C5 Extension Road, Quirino Ave. Pulang Lupa Uno, Las Piñas City
  • Vista Mall Las Pinas, CV Starr Ave., Philam Village, Pamplona, Las Pinas

You may also shop conveniently online at allhome.com.ph to take advantage of AllHome’s wide array of original and top-quality items, easy payment methods and fast delivery timelines.

In-store photos taken at AllHome WCC and Libis. Used with permission.

Three Ways to Upgrade your WFH Setup

Let’s face reality: Working from home has its perks and you kind of prefer it now instead of working at the office at this point. And if you have the means and the opportunity to work from home, consider yourself lucky.

Take this opportunity to spice up your setup and settle in for the long haul. After all, you’re saving yourself from all the stress and hassle of commuting and maybe even getting more time to exercise. Aside from tweaking your work area to fit your new aesthetic, you should also protect your home with MAPFRE!

Spice up your setup

1. Sweet and simple

WFH 2

Nothing beats simplicity, right? In this arrangement, the laptop is plugged into a bigger external monitor. The sheer size of it eliminates the need for a two-monitor setup as you can just position the windows or apps you need side by side. The potted plant is a nice addition and could be something for your eyes to wander towards to avoid eye strain. The wide desk can also fit other necessities like your mug, snacks, and notebook.

2. Semblance of outdoors

WFH 3

This could be overwhelming to look at for some but hear us out. The shelves at either side of the table means any document or work essentials are within reach. More greens further reduce stress on your eyes, especially after long hours in front of the screen. These also give a semblance of the outdoors, which we haven’t fully experienced for over a year now. The mood board behind the monitor can also serve as a canvass for your inspiration or a reminder of your goals.

3. Hours of productivity

WFH 4

Now this one will net you endless productivity, entertainment and everything in between. The ultrawide dual monitor setup paired with a reclining chair equals hours of comfort and multitasking. After grinding at work, you can easily take a break and pull up your favorite K-drama series or play some quick matches online. Going back to the grind is just as easy as minimizing windows. Just don’t forget to eat and hydrate, okay?

Protect your home

Nobody wants their precious equipment damaged, right? Couple that with the fact that we’re living in the Philippines, where earthquakes, typhoons and floods are pretty common. Such concerns shouldn’t be your sole burden to bear. With MAPFRE, you can rest assured that your home and property are taken care of.

MAPFRE has a comprehensive selection of home insurance solutions for your needs. There’s a standard option that covers the house and its contents for loss and damage caused by fire or lightning; an option for added benefits to include allowance and assistance services; a comprehensive option to include coverage against damage from earthquake, typhoon, flood and other perils, as well as robbery, accident and liability coverages. With your home and properties insured, you can focus your energy on what matters most: family, work-life balance and health. MAPFRE takes care of your essentials so you can take care of the people that depend on you.

And since you have a fancy new setup, MAPFRE makes it easy for you to get an estimate for home insurance. Just visit http://www.mapfre.com.ph to get a quotation. MAPFRE’s online services also include hassle-free filing of claims, renewal, and convenient payment channels. For more details, check out the website and like the official Facebook page for updates.

About MAPFRE Insurance

MAPFRE is a global insurance company with a worldwide presence. It is the benchmark insurer in the Spanish market and the largest Spanish multinational insurance group in the world. The company is among the main multinational insurers in Latin America and is one of the Top 5 largest Non-Life European insurers by premium volume.

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Achieve the Perfect Work-from-Home Setup with Shopee

Get everything you need for your workspace at home.

With the current global pandemic driving people to stay indoors, many migrate from the typical office lifestyle to working from home. Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, offers easy access to work-from-home essentials. Here are some must-haves for the perfect work-from-home setup:

A Dedicated Desk
Finding the perfect work desk is possible! Setting the ideal office area is key to getting into that ‘work’ mindset, after all. Choose a sturdy, yet comfy work table that allows you to focus and get the job done.

Shopee Work From Home

An Ergonomic Chair
A good office chair is an excellent investment. It minimizes back pain and prevents injury in the long term. Get a chair that’s the right height to maintain a comfortable posture. Remember, with less pain, there’s more focus!

Shopee Work From Home

A Good Lamp
Lighting in the work environment has a significant effect on productivity and concentration. The ambient light needs to be bright enough to read comfortably. Choosing the right kind of lighting prevents the risk of eye strain, headaches, and fatigue. Natural light is the best, but a desk lamp ensures the area is well-lit for ultimate productivity.

Shopee Work From Home

An External Monitor
A wide external monitor or a dual monitor setup means more space for all the tabs on the screen. Make sure to get one with high resolution and to keep the monitor height at eye level to prevent back pain from too much slouching.

Shopee Work From Home

A Fast and Reliable Router
Working from home means the intense usage of a reliable internet connection. Faulty connections are extra frustrating, especially during video calls. With more people using the internet at home, a good router can boost connectivity and productivity.

Shopee Work From Home

Making these small changes makes a huge difference in productivity and quality of work which eventually leads to less stress and more motivation to enjoy what the new normal brings.

With these office accessories and furniture, it is now possible to set up the perfect work-from-home office. Shopee provides a variety of items to choose from. In addition to that, shoppers can enjoy freebies and exclusive discounts when they use ShopeePay as their mode of payment.

ShopeePay Special Promotions

From July 24 to 31, users can win cash prizes, earn ShopeePay credits, and claim vouchers and Shopee coins with ShopeePay special promotions.

Lucky Draw

  • Regular ShopeePay users: ₱10,000 cash prize and ₱1,000 worth of ShopeePay credits
  • New ShopeePay users: ₱10,000 in cash prize and ₱1,000 worth of ShopeePay credits.
  • Bills Payment: One lucky winner of ₱10,000 when they pay their bills via
  • ShopeePay. They need to spend at least ₱800 to join the raffle. Promo duration is from July 24 to 29.

About Shopee

Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It was launched in 7 markets in 2015 to connect consumers, sellers, and businesses in the region.

Shopee offers an easy, secure, and engaging experience that is enjoyed by millions of people daily. It offers a wide product assortment, supported by integrated payments and logistics, as well as popular entertainment features tailored for each market. Shopee is also a key contributor to the region’s digital economy with a firm commitment to helping brands and entrepreneurs succeed in e-commerce.

Images and promo details provided by Shopee in a recent press release.