Why you should build an office in your own home

Owning your very own home office is every man’s dream. But even though many people wish to have an office in their homes, they just don’t have the means or the will to do it.
You got to admit, working in an outside office is a lot of hassle. First, you need to wake up earlier than your supposed work time. Next, you need to move and prepare fast to be able to arrive at your office on time. Then, you got to commute or drive your way to your office which by the way is terrible if there is heavy traffic.
Not only does working in an outside office require lots of effort, your mornings will always be a hectic mess. Most of the time, you will be at your office until the end of the day. By the time you get home, you will be so tired from working all day and driving in heavy traffic that all you really want to do is sleep.
But as technology advances so does the work habits. More and more companies are now adapting flexible policies and accommodating schedules for their employees. And lots of professionals are now seeking for these types of companies and are in need of a very balanced work-life schedule.
Now, working from home is a very viable option which means you will be closer to your family and you will enjoy the luxury of your home’s comforts. You will be happy and contented in your work thus making you more productive.
But if you’re planning to work from home, a number of things should be taken into consideration:
1. Never mix your work and your personal life

Your work environment greatly affects your performance. If you just work anywhere in your home, chances are you will be getting distracted by your family most of the time. This is not a healthy attitude towards work because your performance will greatly decline.

2. You must secure your very own home office

Building your own home office is a must. A home office must be:

• A place where you can store all your work documents and papers without worrying that someone may tamper with them.

• A place of peace and quiet where you can focus all of your time and effort towards working.

• A place with enough privacy that you never have to fear about being disturbed.

So, where do you think is the perfect place to build your home office? Simple:  In your loft.

3. Have the proper lighting

We often overlook the importance of proper lighting. Do you know how terrible it is to work under a dim light? It doesn’t just hurt your eyes, it makes you sleepy. You’d have to squint at the text in your papers to see them properly. You will lose lots of your valuable time and focus. And when you’re working under a dim bulb, you don’t really notice the inconvenience until you change it to a brighter one.

For people working from home, building your very own office not only helps you get away from the distractions in your own home, it also greatly enhances your productivity.

If you are interested in building an office in your home, Fulham lofts will be pleased to assist you

Business Hiring Tips – Reasons Talk to References

When you know you have done a great job in screening applicants, interviewing several potential people to hire, negotiating and even courting your new hire for your company, there are things you need to put in consideration before doing the final part of the hiring process.


Now, you have done background check and verified employment eligibility of the applicants and you thought everything is good to go, right? Well, not so fast. You might have missed an important thing to do before you proceed to the next part. Have you talk to your new hire’s references already? Some employers tend to forget that talking to applicants or new hires’ references on his/her resume is important too. They seem to think that this is an extraneous step that doesn’t provide you with either new or valuable information.

For deeper understanding, when you hire people in both local and international companies, checking references can be a high quality tool that can help you get a good candidate on board with your team. Here are some reasons you need to know so that you will always check references and what are the right questions to ask before you are about to hire that person.

  1. Check and be confident about the decision you made.

For me, as an employer, I like to check my work before proceeding to another one which includes the hiring process. The first thing I would do after considering the applicants for the vacancy is at least call 3 people who are in his or her references and confirm if he or she has high quality background towards working. It helps me feel more confident about my decision and aside from that, I can also gather confirmation of what I am looking for. I always double check my decision and see if I have found the right one fit for the work.

  1. Get to know the work habits of the new hire.

Previously, I have hired someone who collects boy bands posters and put it her cubicle in which I find it messy and disturbing as an employer. Anyway, when you call the past employers of the new hire, you may have know some of the things he or she have done before so that you can be comfortable working with them.

  1. Get the most out of your candidate employee.

You can conduct a personality assessment to get some inside scoop about the employee but for me, I’d like to find it straight from his or her former managers when it comes to dealing with new team and working ethics. Most professional employers will be happy to help and let you know of their experiences with the employee.

  1. Everyone has stuff that they don’t do well. 

If the newly hire employee has some trouble staying focused or won’t even say a word about his or her workloads, as an employer, we need to it so that both of us can be successful and make the work done properly.

  1. If it doesn’t work, you can ask for referrals.

When you only have single open position in your company and you find that the applicants can hardly fit enough for the position, then you can ask referrals from references too. You may have found a new source for future awesome employees through them.

Talking with references has so many benefits particularly if you are an employer. It can lead you to both the success of your candidate and for you personally. Now, best wishes to all the successful employees who are about to get hired soon. Start ringing those references right away!

Shawn Linwood, Training Director