Working from Home? Here are some tips to help you...

Story posted: 10.04.20

Homeworking

Coronavirus has affected many businesses who have reconsidered working from home policies. Flexible and home working has become standard for many professionals in recent years. It's an increasingly popular approach for getting the job done without expecting employees to be desk bound. A remote work policy is essential for peace of mind as if done wrong, it can leave staff feeling isolated and unproductive. If you're logging on from your lounge, we offer best practices for efficiency and effectiveness.

Plan Tasks

If spending long periods of time on your own, task tracking and updating can suffer. As a manager or project leader, it can be hard to keep track of remote workers to see if they are actually working. By setting effective tasks and check points, employees will feel progress is happening while assuring managers that work is getting done.

Check In

When working from home, office relationships change as you can't just pop to desks to see how colleagues are doing. Without regular meetings, preferably by video, you could end up not seeing each other at all which will have a negative effect on productivity and even morale.

Productive Times

The working day hits differently per person. Some aren’t engaged until later while others maintain a 9-5 mentality. If you get your best work done in the afternoon, use to your advantage by getting menial tasks out the way in the morning, take a break from the screen and focus on meatier work in the afternoon. If you hit a wall around lunchtime, get tough work done in the morning to avoid an afternoon lull. Structured, smaller tasks to work through in the afternoon allow you to tick off progress.

Create Routine

While it may seem like a perk at first, not going into an office can put a strain on personal wellness particularly work-life balance. When in an office, routine is set or comes naturally. Between commuting, lunch and meetings, the day is planned from the start. But when it comes to working from home, the schedule is your own. Lack of routine can cause stress, poor sleep, eating and physical health, and ineffective use of time. Being consistent will set you up for success that won't impede your physical health.

Designate Areas

When it comes to remote work, find an area to work in that feels distinct to where you eat and/or relax. Designating a work area helps keep productivity up. If regularly working on the sofa, getting out of ‘work mode’ will be harder when unwinding.

Address Loneliness

Loneliness is less of an issue in a busy office. Colleagues stop by, meetings are attended and lunchtimes are spent in canteens or public spaces. Whether a messaging platform or regular video call, the importance of combating loneliness cannot be understated; all you have to do is make an effort.


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