Many people are finding themselves working from home at the moment due to the pandemic and many companies have plans to continue with this for the foreseeable future. This is understandable as it is a safe way of working, plus it can bring many benefits for both the employee and employer. While there are many perks, remote working does also pose a few challenges particularly if you are working while the kids are at home and potentially a partner also working from home. With this in mind, here are a few tips which will hopefully allow you to be productive and enjoy the perks that it can bring.
Create a Space for Working
Perhaps most important is having a space in the home which is dedicated to working – this will help you to separate your work and personal life and allow you to work to your full potential each day. Ideally, this will be a separate room in a quiet part of the house where you can go to be undisturbed while you work.
Stick to a Schedule
While one of the major perks of working from home is greater flexibility, it is still important to stick to a schedule. Starting work at the same time each day, taking breaks at the same time and finishing at the same time will help you to be productive as well as allow people to know when they will be able to contact you.
Use the Best Remote Working Tools
Following this, communication and collaboration can be difficult when it comes to remote working but made much easier when you have the best tools at your disposal. Videoconferencing software, screen sharing tools and project management software can help you and your team to overcome many of the challenges that remote working can bring and help to make collaboration and communication much easier for all.
Avoid Cabin Fever
One of the biggest drawbacks of working from home is that it can feel isolating and it is easy to get cabin fever. This is why you need to make sure that you get out often throughout the week whether this is simply going for a walk, meeting a colleague for a coffee, socially-distanced meetings or social events after work.
Use Remote Hosted Desktop Services
Remote hosted desktop services can help a business to manage some of the issues that come with remote working by allowing employees to connect to a session-based desktop through the cloud. A remote hosted desktop can streamline remote working by ensuring that everyone can access important data, troubleshoot issues, configure programs and increase flexibility no matter what device is being used.
Stay Connected to Colleagues
Everyone has their own way of working when it comes to remote work which is fine and should be encouraged, but it is also important that you stay connected to colleagues throughout the day. This is important not only for keeping everyone on the same page, but also so that you can support one another and socialise. These are trying times and many people are struggling, so taking the time to connect and socialise is important – many businesses are having “after work drinks” via videoconferencing which can be a good way to bring some normality and helps people to socialise while working from home.
Find Ways to Keep Work and Home Life Separate
One of the biggest challenges that people face when they start working from home is keeping their work and home life separate. In addition to having a dedicated space and sticking to a schedule as mentioned above, many people like to mark the start and end of the workday and going for a short walk is a great way to do this (and avoid cabin fever). You also need to tell your family when you are working, make plans to enjoy time with them outside of work hours and avoid any kind of work when you are spending time with family. Additionally, you might find it helpful to get changed for work and then into something more comfortable once you have finished – this does not have to be a full suit, but dressing for work will help you to mentally change gears and retain professionalism (especially if you are having video calls).
There are many perks to remote working and many people enjoy it, but it can also be challenging particularly now during the pandemic. Hopefully, these tips will help you to stay productive throughout the day while also enjoying the benefits that it can bring.