With the COVID-19 outbreak now declared a pandemic, many companies are switching to remote mode and cheering employees to work from home. Remote work has its perks. You don’t need to spend time converting, so, you can sleep a bit longer or enjoy a fresh morning walk. Your flexible schedule lets you meet a courier or have an afternoon workout.
1. Build a Permanent Work Space
The first step in your “work from home” journey is to designate an area of your home, most importantly for getting work done. This could be an empty or spare bedroom that you convert to a home office. If you are pressed for space, you can set up a desk for your computer and office supplies.
2. Avoid Work Creep
A career that lets you work from home can be invasive in your personal life. This is because if you are always home and near your work,and your work creeps into your home life. Yes, the risk is real, but only if you let it.
3. To make task List
In addition to making to-do lists, get into the habit of using a calendar or planner. For example, if you work from home some days but you are on the road others, get in the habit of using a planner to write down and keep track of deadlines, appointments, and meetings.
4. Check-in With Co-Workers Frequently
Take the time to meet with your team regularly. The meetings should have an agenda actively involving all members, so they contribute. Dedicate time to meet privately with each member so they can share status updates, receive coaching, and discuss developments from their personal life.
5. Assume Positive Intent
One limitation of working from home is that team chat messaging sometimes falls short of expressing ideas clearly. It’s easy to think a quick remark was made to be rude or even flippant.
6. Automate as much as you can.
Technology makes a great administrative assistant! “Schedule alerts for important tasks and appointments, build email rules to filter out unimportant messages during business hours, so use software that finds mistakes in your code or content for you, set up customer automatic billing, pre-scheduled emails, and social media posts, and use different ringtones for different people so you know when you don’t have to answer your phone,”
7. Establish Policies for Laptops, Services, and Peripherals
You’ll need to establish policies for how your company can support employees at home with everything from internet services, to computing devices, or peripherals. Some questions you should explore:
• How many employees will require a laptop to work from home? How many can you provision?
• Company is paying for internet or phone services or not.
• Does everyone has internet services or needs to upgrade speed?
• What’s the policy on ordering peripherals such as keyboards, monitors, headphone sets, etc.?
8. Draw a clear line between work and personal life
All your efforts to stay focused on work go in vain when one or more of your family members invade your workspace to discuss a trivial matter or ask you to lend a hand in a household chore.
9 Include Workout In Your Daily Routine
WFH gatherings tend to make you feel lazy steal away your energy a lot. A small exercising routine will keep you fit and loud even at home. A couple of burpees and push-ups or climbing your house steps or some yoga; anything will do. This will keep you up on your feet and help digest your food as well. You will also feel more creative and your mind will feel more relaxed.
10 Know Your Restrictions.
It is really important to know how much work you can finish in a day and set timelines accordingly. Keeping impractical targets will fill you with negativity. That will also make you feel less productive and increase your anxiety. It is extremely important to encourage yourself in times like these