Monday March 30, 2020
Social distancing, lockdown, remote working, zoom, skype…
In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, these are phrases we hear every single day as countless employees are working remotely around the world.
As businesses scurry to find a balance between productivity and keeping employees healthy, employees who are working from home find themselves struggling with a different question: How can I be productive at home?
We’ve created five tips on how to remain productive and not get stuck in a rut whilst home working.
Have you tried to be productive whilst working from your bed? How did that work out? It won’t be long before your hands are reaching for your phone and you’re scanning the news for latest updates. Or reaching for that book you were due to take on your next holiday.
Working from home can blur the line between personal and work time.
Although the very few may successfully be able to work from bed, it is common belief that segmenting different parts of your home is the most efficient way to maintain a healthy and productive balance.
Bring in the boundaries. Only use your bedroom as your relaxing space, and if you have no choice but to set up a workspace from your bedroom, make sure you stay within the boundaries.
In these stressful times, maintaining a sense of normality is critical to effective home working.
Your home working routine should mirror your normal workday as closely as possible.
If you normally wake up at 7:00am to get ready, you should try to keep to that schedule as closely as possible.
Daily routines are proven to aide mental health, wellbeing and productivity.
When you work from home, communication with your co-workers becomes limited to a set number of channels. Banter across the office floor, catching up over coffee or wheeling over your chair to discuss your latest tasks are on hold for the foreseeable.
It’s important now more than ever to ensure regular daily communication with your coworkers. Taking the time to check in with your teammates not only lifts morale, but allows you to continue routine, a sense of normality and continue to be productive in your working day. Work items can be easily missed or forgotten without regular communication, and miscommunication can cause more serious issues for your company.
When working from home it is easy to engross yourself into work and forget to take time out for a break. As minutes pass to hours throughout the day it can lead to the majority of the day spent at your desk, with little time taken for breaks.
With added pressure to feel that you need to demonstrate your productivity and not be seen to be slacking, it is easy to slip into the habit of grafting without breaking.
Don’t forget to take time out to make a coffee, read a magazine, call your friends – all conducive to a happy home working environment.
For many, this is the first time everyone in your company has had to work from home for such an extended period of time.
Everyone is discovering, learning, adapting and evolving. Without doubt this is going to be a learning curve for employees and employers.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself and accept there’s going to many challenges to face along the way. Keep focused by breaking your day down into time slots, doing this will add structure and ensure you don’t get lost in a project or state of mind.
Most importantly, remember that we are all in this together. It’s a challenge we all share, with obstacles we are experiencing together as a nation.