The coronavirus pandemic has meant that a lot of us are WFH (working from home) for the first time, full time.
Even if you’ve done it before, this is a whole new ball game. The change to working from home was quite sudden and we can no longer socialise outside of work.
Here at VO Group, we are well into WFH and we’ve got some handy tips for you:
Yes, the temptation to stay in your pyjamas is strong. #relatable. But getting dressed every day means you’re keeping some semblance of your routine. Don’t forget you will likely have a lot of online meetings so it’s important you don’t have bedhead and your trackies on.
A dedicated work space is key when working from home. Set up an office space that’s separate from other rooms in the house and try and recreate your normal setup. It’s essential that you make the space you’re own and have access to some natural light. Please don’t try and work from your bed, we know it’s super comfortable but you won’t get much done.
Whilst working from home does eliminate elements like commuting, it’s important you’re not working day and night. You’ll get your best work done and maintain a sense of normalcy if you stick to the same working hours.
Make sure you also set some boundaries for yourself before and after these working hours. Whether that’s having a cup of coffee first thing in the morning or going for a walk as soon as you’re done for the day, you need to be able to distinguish between work and everything else.
Trust us when we say we know how tempting it is to just scoff food down and continue working. But, do get up and take your breaks. Step away from your desk, make some food and get some fresh air.
Working from home presents a whole bunch of new distractions. Try and eliminate distractions by avoiding them until your breaks. We understand that when the chocolate in the fridge is calling or something exciting happens on Instagram, you may be tempted to engage. But keep #motivated and allow yourself to indulge the distractions at certain times.
If your whole office is working from home, a great way to keep communication lines open is to have daily WIP’s and regular Zoom or online face to face meetings. Take these opportunities to check in with your team and figure out what projects are taking priority that day.
Email doesn’t have to be your only communication platform, video and phone chat can cut down on miscommunication and make you feel more connected to your colleagues. It’s also nice to see how everyone’s doing and coping with isolation.
Just because you’re at home, it doesn’t mean you can’t socialise. If you’re like us, we love our Friday knock off where we play games and catch up. It’s important that you socialise with your coworkers online and enjoy each other’s company. And why not enjoy a drink to celebrate another week?
Working from home can be a bit of an adjustment, but if you have plans in place and have set yourself up correctly, you’ll relax into the new normal.
We’re still here, still connected and still BAU (business as usual). If you need help, would like a chat or even a 1:1 where we can give you some direction during this time, enquire now and we can se t up a Zoom or a phone call.
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