Microsoft Office got a makeover; now your home office can get one too if you enter at http://www.makeovermyoffice.com .
Working from home is no longer just a growing trend, it is a fixture of today’s business environment. According to a 2007 Basex Inc. study, 40 percent of knowledge workers work remotely from one to five days a week, and with rising gas prices contributing substantially to commuting costs, even more people are looking at telecommuting as an option. For telecommuters, the need to create a productive, functional home office space is critical to their success.
The Microsoft Office team and former “Trading Spaces” designer Vern Yip will give one deserving winner a $25,000 home office redesign as part of the Microsoft® Home Office Makeover contest. The winner will receive the latest in technology and home decor to enhance their productivity.
“People agonize over which window treatments or patio furniture to buy, and then relegate their home office to a dark corner of some cluttered room,” said Yip, the designer whose handiwork is now featured on HGTV’s “Design Star” and “Deserving Design” and who will lead the contest design team. “The home office has become the area people bypass when they’re giving guests the grand tour, but is arguably one of the most important rooms of the house. Given how critical being productive is for people working from home, it really needs to be comfortable, aesthetically pleasing and optimized for efficiency.”
Studies show that working from home is better for employees and employers alike:
- According to a 2005 SonicWALL Inc. survey, 76 percent of employees surveyed believe that working remotely is an aid to productivity.
- A study done by the Gallup Organization and Opinion Research Corp. in August 2006 found that 81 percent of American telecommuters felt they were as productive or more productive in their home office compared with their business office.