Useful Tips for Employees Working From Home
Due to the rapid expansion of the COVID-19 virus, millions of people are working remotely for the first time. In this post, we provide some useful tips for employees working from home.
As an international company that employs remote staff all over the world, we know that it can be a difficult transition to work from home. Below, we provide some useful tips for people new to remote working.
Maintain a daily routine
When working from home, it’s important to maintain your normal morning routine. Get up early, eat a healthy breakfast and dress as if you were going into work. Don’t work in your pyjamas or loungewear. When finished for the day, close down your laptop, and avoid answering emails in the evening.
Create a dedicated workspace
To avoid home distractions, the most important thing to do is to find a space and make this your designated workspace only. Make sure that it is a comfortable and quiet space to concentrate on your work. This designated space helps segment work and home life so that once your working day is done you can relax.
While working from home during the COVID-19 crisis, it’s important to set expectations. Let your family or housemates know the hours you will not be available. Ensure that your workspace is uncluttered and that you have access to everything that you need to remain productive.
Make use of your lunch break
Make sure you take a real break from your workspace. Use your lunch break to get out for some fresh air or do a quick workout. Exercise is important for mood and vital for your physical and mental well-being especially during the COVID-19 crisis. Afterward, fuel your body with a nutritious meal. This will help boost concentration and avoid those mid-afternoon slumps.
Communication is vital when working remotely so it’s important to stay connected with your colleagues. A quick hello in the morning and a daily catch-up meeting will help keep communication open. Weekly virtual meetings and parties are also a good idea and will help minimise the feeling of isolation while working from home.
Working from home can be daunting with no colleagues to speak to and a new form of technology to master. However, it’s important to remain productive. The easiest way to do this is to set a list of daily tasks to complete, collaborate with your colleagues and have regular check-ins with your line manager so projects can move forward without delay.
Most importantly, take care of yourself. During these unpredictable and uncertain times, it’s important to exercise, eat healthily and get lots of rest to remain happy and productive. Our remote workers always stress the importance of maintaining a work-life balance so make sure to work on some fun hobbies after the workday.