If you have family or friends visiting for the holidays, you're getting into Happy Host(ess) mode. Bathrooms are stocked with linens and the pantry is filled with snacks. But what about your home office? Have you considered being a gracious host can mean making sure your guests feel comfortable popping in to use the computer, too?
Giving your houseguests access to a workspace is as good a way to say "welcome" these days as providing clean sheets or a spread of snacks. We're all so attached to technology that having an accommodating and connected space to check email, social networks or bank accounts will put your guests at ease and can even provide some entertainment for late nights or early mornings.
Here's a quick checklist you can use to make sure that your home office is welcoming to friends and family that stay over or pass through during the holidays:
De-clutter your workspace.
Use The Breadbox Test to make your office show-home-ready, especially if the home office shares space with your guest quarters.
Create a guest login on your computer.
Log out when you're done with personal matters, and have a no-password guest account option for guests to use. This post can walk you through setting one up.
Share the WiFi password.
If your guests prefer to use their own laptop or tablet, have your WiFi password neatly written down before they even ask.
Leave extra outlets open.
If guests need to charge their laptop or anything else, make sure there's an empty outlet or two that is easily accessible. If you can't spare one, plug in a surge protector.
Stash away confidential and important papers.
If you don't want anyone to see them, or don't want to risk them being accidentally lost or destroyed, put them away in a secure file cabinet.
Leave plenty of (working) pens and notepads out.
Your guests might need to jot down names or numbers as they check email or bank statements.
Do you have any other tips for getting your home workspace ready for guests?