Many people and businesses were already considering working from home prior to the pandemic, but once social distancing became a reality it accelerated the movement from office to home working. This has been a massive and sudden transition for everyone involved and it has brought about a new way of working for many of us.
While many thought that they would easily embrace working from home, many also found that it has a set of challenges to overcome. So whether you are enjoying this new way of working or you are struggling here are a few things that you could do to make your working at home experience more positive and productive.
- Don't be Overwhelmed by Small Details - Don't be stressed by the sounds around you such as traffic, children and pets which can make your working conditions less than ideal. Other people are also dealing with these distractions, so when you make video or phone calls make light of your less than ideal working conditions to relieve your own anxiety.
- Don't wear pyjamas all day and don't take video or phone calls while still in bed or in the washroom. As much as possible remain professional in your interactions with clients and peers. Get into the work mindset, dress appropriately and allow yourself the usual breaks that you would take if you were in the office. Try and keep your work routine as normal as possible.
- Don't go silent, make sure you keep lines of communication open with other work colleagues and team members. Set up regular check in times and video meetings this will provide you with regular updates and keep you feeling like you are still an important part of the team.
- Don't work in uncomfortable conditions. It is easy to set yourself up with your laptop in bed or on uncomfortable chairs at the dining table but this will result in aches and pains which will distract you from the tasks that you are trying to complete. Even if it is only a desk and chair in the corner of your bedroom, set yourself up with a comfortable and ergonomic workspace.
From Dr Laura Hambly on Global News