While a lot of contemporary businesses have been implementing remote working in recent years, this is probably the first time you’ve been working from home for an extended period of time.
Remote working has plenty of benefits. Employees appreciate the flexibility; it can reduce travel time and expenses and highlights a level of trust between employer and employee. Businesses even see an increase in productivity with staff working from home. However, when we’re settling down to work at home for an extended period of time, there are problems you might encounter. Here are our top tips to make the most from remote working!
- Maintain a routine
While it may be tempting to bin your alarm clock and turn up to Teams meetings in your dressing gown, it is really important to stick to a routine. By setting your alarm and getting dressed as you usually would you’ll be able to maintain a better work mindset. This includes ensuring you take your lunch breaks and finish your workday at your usual time to maintain your work/life balance.
- Designate a work area
Depending on your circumstance, it may not be possible to set an area up specifically for your work, but if possible, set up in one place and stay there. If you are able to avoid rooms with distractions (such as the TV or housemates) then you can remain more focused. This also means that when you finish work, you can leave your makeshift ‘office’ and switch off for the day. If you need any additional hardware or applications, you can find out how we can help at the bottom of this page.
- Plan plan plan
Your routine has probably been thrown off the tracks at the moment, and that’s okay! It’s easy enough to create a new plan for yourself to stay on target to continue working towards your goals. Planning ahead, scheduling your tasks and dedicating time will enable you to stay on top of your workload. There are plenty of tools to help you do so, but it could be as simple as blocking time out in Outlook calendar and setting reminders for when you should start a new task.
- Take a break
It has been advised that workers should take a 5-minute break every hour. When you’re working at home, you might be less likely to take a break from your screen, rather than when you’re surrounded by distractions in the office. It’s important for your eyes but also allows your mind and body time to recalibrate. The biggest benefit of taking regular breaks is that you’ll actually be more productive, so it’s important to get up and make a cup of tea or have a walk around when you can.
- Communication is key
Finally, and maybe most importantly, you need to maintain communication. When working remotely, you don’t have the same connection with your colleagues as you might in the office, so you need to actively work on keeping in touch. Regularly reaching out to your co-workers is beneficial for your mental health but it’s key when working on projects during this difficult time. Many businesses are facing challenges at the moment, so keeping a strong line of communication is vital to continue pushing projects forward for now, and the future. Our experts would recommend collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams as they allow you to instantly chat, video call and screen share with your team. It’s almost as good as being in the office with them!
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