Keep in Touch
Communication is, of course, essential in any working relationship, when you work from home, communicating—and over-communicating—becomes essential. Everyone needs social interaction. Zoom/Skype, email and mobile. Meetings on ZOOM should be recorded – this is particularly important when team members/workshop participants cannot make meeting/workshop but can view recording post event.
When you work from home, you may need to be more conscious about documenting your work and talking about how your plan is progressing
Workspace, Working Strategy, Dress Code & Wellbeing
Your workspace if possible, would include walls and a door you can close to help maintain a quiet and productive atmosphere. A space that’s quiet and out of the way. When it’s just you at home, almost anywhere will likely work. However, in these ever-changing times, there’s a good chance you won’t be home alone, so always have a back-up workspace. Wherever it is, make sure it’s not in a high-traffic area. Your work-from-home plan should always include strategies for getting work done as best as possible. That means making sure you’re taking breaks and putting structure to your working day. When interacting with your team or clients, ensure that you dress appropriately i.e. smart casual.
We are all in this together. Use this time to create your own wellbeing plan. Chat regularly with your colleagues and friends, eat well, exercise and take on another project, it is so important to challenge your brain daily. Keep safe, keep well, keep healthy.
Treat It Like Any Other Day in the Office
Make sure you treat a work-from-home day like any other day at the office. Wake up at your usual time and use your commute time to do the things you don’t have time for usually e.g. breakfast, household chores, exercise, or even walk the dog. Then, at your normal “start time,” sit down and get to work.
Make a Plan
If you don’t have a workplan, collaborate and agree with peers/company what your plan is each week. It will give you structure, and purpose is this every changing environment.
End Your Day
Don’t overwork yourself. Have a mid-morning coffee break, eat lunch and get some fresh air. Make sure that when you’re done working for the day, you’re done. Don’t go back for “just one more thing.” Maintaining the boundaries between work and home when you work remotely goes a long way toward helping you stay a happy and productive.