Millions of people across the UK and the rest of the world have swapped their office desk for their kitchen table in order to work from home during the lockdown.
Even after stay at home restrictions are eased its likely that many people will continue home working in the future. Now that so many people have realised the obvious benefits (including no travelling time and no travel costs for staff and lower overheads for organisations) we predict a much bigger trend for more home-based roles going forward.
However, despite the obvious financial and logistical advantages there are certain challenges to overcome when homeworking. Some people genuinely miss the regimented schedule and social interaction of going into work every day. It’s important for staff at all levels to keep motivated and stay productive, which can be especially challenging for those sharing their new ‘workplace’ with small children and noisy pets!
Here are our top tips to help you get the best out of your home working experience (and advice if you are trying to manage a team of staff remotely):
Struggling to stick to the same hours and level of output now you’re on your own at home? Set yourself (or your team) goals to reach in a certain amount of time. This will give you a purpose and provide you with something tangible to aim for.
Have a daily schedule
Sketch out a daily schedule including time slots for working, eating, exercising and relaxing. It’s unrealistic to sit at your laptop from breakfast until dinner; breaking up your day will help to keep you focused and motivated. You will be much more productive and feel engaged if you put energy into working at specific times. It’s essential to take time out for coffee and snack breaks and to enjoy fresh air and physical activity. Exercising is not only essential for your mental wellbeing but will help to fire your brain and give you boosts of energy to improve your motivation and discipline. So, follow an online home workout programme to get moving or simply run up and down the stairs or in the garden to help improve your fitness and your work levels.
Resist the temptation to lounge around in your pyjamas all day, looking smart will help you feel ready for work (and won’t leave you in an embarrassing situation if you receive a unexpected video call from your boss). Set out an area of your home where you can work and receive video calls in peace and ask the rest of your household to respect that space.
Continuous Professional Development
If you have any down time during your work slots why not look at ways to further your skills, knowledge and development? There are lots of free tutorials and training resources online that will help with your professional development during this period of lockdown. Talk to your employer about options for further development, and if you’re a team leader encourage your staff to discuss their training needs with you to help them achieve their goals.
Stay in contact
Keep morale up by staying in contact with colleagues. We’re all in the same boat at the moment and others will be struggling to balance home working and family life as well. Just because you can’t chat with colleagues face to face in the office, it doesn’t mean you have to deal with work related queries or issues on your own. Keeping in contact with others is essential for mental wellbeing so take the time to call or video chat with colleagues on a regular basis.
For more details about how we help our clients to adapt to ways of working from home, or if you’re looking for a new role please contact us at Ocean Edge by calling 023 8000 1153 or email firstname.lastname@example.org