Ensuring That Your Business Can Run Successfully From Home: Our Top Tips
Communication, Collaboration & Productivity
As more and more companies are having to implement their own work-from-home policies, you may be left feeling a little overwhelmed. I mean, you’re now tasked with not only keeping yourself motivated and productive, but you’ve got to make sure those working for you are doing the same.
It’s not easy moving from the resources and routines you’ve been used to, and whilst working from home may sound like a luxury – in reality, it takes a lot of planning and self-determination.
Whilst every job and industry will obviously vary in terms of how it will function remotely, we’d love to share some general tips and strategies to ensure that you and your workforce stay efficient, productive, and don’t lose your mind while you’re at it!
Create your Own Work Space
You may not have access to the same setup as you have at the office, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create your own dedicated work space at home.
We’ve all had the temptation to stay in bed or get comfy on our sofas – but setting up your own space at a desk (or a dining table if you don’t have one) has been proven to help with productivity. Not to mention, it’ll also improve your posture, and help you separate from work at the end of the day.
Don’t Change your Routine
You’ve been getting up, showering, brushing your teeth, getting dressed, and heading to work for years – why change your routine now? Just because you’re not physically going to the office doesn’t mean that you should slob around in your PJs all day – getting ready will really help with your mindset, and remind you that just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you can slack off.
If you, as many do, work in a team – don’t lose your connection. Communication is key to most businesses, and being at home isn’t an excuse to lose touch anymore. Check out our blog posts on Zoom for ideas on how your team can communicate remotely, just as well as if you were in the office!
Get Some Fresh Air – and Don’t Forget to Move
Being at home doesn’t mean you need to stay glued to your desk for the entire day. It’s important to keep moving throughout the day, whether that be going outside and taking a walk (if you’re not self-isolating), getting up to do some stretches, or taking breaks for coffee or lunch. It’s also a good idea to open your blinds and windows for some fresh air and daylight – we don’t want you going stir-crazy!
Prepare for Distractions – and Try Not to Multitask!
It’s incredibly easy to get distracted at home, and even easier to think: ‘I’ll just wash the dishes quickly..’ and end up cleaning the whole kitchen. Before you know it, you’ve wasted a whole lot of time that could’ve been spent getting your work done. There’s nothing wrong with taking scheduled breaks – but don’t take things too far. If you don’t watch TV at work, then you really don’t need it on whilst you’re working from home.
If you’ve got kids at home, especially younger ones, then you may have a whole different bunch of distractions up against you – but that doesn’t mean you can’t manage them with a plan. It’s a good idea to try to mix up your hours (if your job allows for it) – for example, if your children are napping, try to get as much done as you can in that time.
You could also introduce some fun new games or activities to keep them occupied for longer, and try explaining to them about COVID-19, what it is, and why you’re now working at home – that it doesn’t mean you’re there to play.
Whatever you’re up against, keep a strong mindset and stay focused. Let us know if you’ve followed any of our tips, and how it worked out for you and your company!