So you’ve decided to work from home over the next few weeks to avoid all the commuter stress, we’ve put together some top tips to help you on your way.
This may sound obvious but do make sure you have the right technological capabilities in place first before you settle down to work from home. You need to be readily available for your colleagues in the office and for customers and clients. Avoid unnecessary travelling and the expense of face to face meetings and opt for a conference call, web conference or video conference instead.
Create a dedicated workspace:
It’s best to mark out a territory where you can work uninterrupted, ideally, a quiet area or a room where you can shut the door. Make sure your work area is un-cluttered and away from tempting distractions. Creating a sense of your own space can help you feel more organised and focused.
Behave as if you’re in the office:
Keep work and home life separate even though you’re not in an actual office. You may be tempted to work for longer just because you don’t have to commute home and there is a danger this could encroach on your home life. Having a separate work area and set hours of work means there is more chance that you will switch off when you finish and ‘leave’ work and ‘return’ home.
This is easier said than done and links in with the point above. Household chores and temptations such as your favourite TV programme or book will still be there when you finish work, so don’t let them distract you from the task at hand. You wouldn’t do this if you were in the office, so don’t do it whilst at home.
Stick to your schedule:
Most importantly – try and maintain a discipline to build routine into your working day. Start and finish work at the same time each day and remember to take scheduled breaks including one for lunch. If possible get out the house and get some fresh air – it’s a great way to clear the mind and re-energise.
Remote working not allows for greater efficiency and reduced costs for your business but it also improves morale, low absenteeism and peace of mind amongst your staff. Make the most of your remote working experience and keep in touch with Powwownow this summer.