Harwyn’s history is dotted with milestones worthy of reflection. With the first quarter of the year nearly gone, it’s a good time to look back at our proudest moments to date.
Smarter is a website that promotes savvy business ideas, offering advice and insight to encourage the success of small business owners. Smarter profiled Harwyn to demonstrate how our pods think outside the box when it comes to using the home office. We shared our top business tips and learnings that we've formed along the way. Read the article on Smarter.
Swap the daily commuter grind for a beautifully appointed Harwyn and step into a more productive, more creative and more enjoyable working life. It’s the ultimate home office – and so much more. Many of us have considered working from home more often. As we sit in our cars inching forward in traffic, or on a crowded train, it seems a positively blissful option. So why aren’t more of us trading the office for a dedicated home office?
Great expectationsIn part, the continuing tradition of going to work is due to expectations. We put that expectation on ourselves, and our bosses and colleagues in turn anticipate seeing us there. We convince ourselves that our physical presence in an office building confers wonderful, indefinable benefits to ourselves, our employers and all mankind. But if we were aware of how much time we were wasting, would more of us start working from home?
Working from home: worker benefitsA 45-minute commute each way – not implausible for today’s workers – is equivalent to 24 days per year. Working from home in a Harwyn could save commuters a full working month. How much more could you achieve if you were given an extra month a year? Eliminating the commute has been shown to reduce stress, improve health, and (for the environmentally conscious) lower your carbon footprint. More time at home goes hand in hand with spending more time around your loved ones, and freeing up time for doing the things you enjoy. Maximise your work. Maximise your play.
What about for employers?Well, having employees working from home is good for them too. Studies show that it all comes down to productivity, with home-workers experiencing fewer distractions and increased job satisfaction. Better productivity partly comes from employees spending longer actually working, taking fewer breaks and taking less sick leave. It also comes from employees putting in extra unpaid hours – indeed, it seems that when most people win back a few hours a day by removing the commute, they’re willing to use it on work tasks.
The way of the future?It might not be for everyone but for many people, working from home is a perfectly realistic future with clear, tangible benefits, and few drawbacks. With all the conveniences of modern technology and the superb craftsmanship that we provide, it is entirely possible to do most white-collar tasks from the comfort of your own Harwyn home office studio. And of course, it’s not an either/or situation. It’s perfectly possible to work from home some days, and yet still go into the office when you need to. Every time you avoid the commute, it’s an extra few minutes in your pocket. Whether you spend those few minutes furthering your career, coming up with the next big thing, or simply staring at the sunset with someone you love, that time is a gift that a Harwyn pod can provide.
When it comes right down to it, details matter. Especially in a home office space you’re going to be spending 40+ hours a week in. That’s why, when the Harwyn designers scoured the world for flooring options, we kept coming back to one – Tretford.
From the ground upEvery line, every shape, every colour and every texture should make it easier for you to work, because if you’re uncomfortable in your workspace, you’ll be looking for excuses to leave. Tretford carpet has been manufactured in Ireland for the past forty years and comes standard in all Luxury model Harwyn pods. They produce a line of carpet made from natural, high-grade cashmere goat hair, sustainably and responsibly sourced. The carpeting naturally insulates for heat and sound, and the breathable fibers acts as a filter; proven to actually reduce allergens and dust in the air.
Eco-friendly by designThe environmental commitment Tretford stands by, in terms of how and why they make the design choices they do, make them a company and product we’re proud to support and promote. Their carpet is made using a special PVC fusion-bonding process that produces no waste and uses no water. In addition, it’s free from harmful chemicals, and their carpet is non-carcinogenic, non-oestrogenic, and non-bioaccumulative.
Choices choices choicesWe would have been sold on the technical specs and benefits alone, but it turns out Tretford carpet is also beautifully textured and available in 48 colours – from Lipstick to Lettuce Leaf, Orange Squash to Double Cream – expanding your options for a fully custom Harwyn office space. Tretford has a reputation for quality and their carpeting is surprisingly soft but durable. In fact, the offices at Apple, Google, Facebook and SAP have all installed Tretford products in their buildings. We take those endorsements pretty seriously at Harwyn! Contact us or visit our showroom today to learn more.
Thanks to the versatile lighting system in every Harwyn pod, you can avoid eye strain and have a home office that really shines.