The official numbers according to govt.au of positive Coronavirus cases are as follows:

As of 6.30 am on 18th March 2020, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is 454 in Australia.

Coronavirus is a global concern and has to be dealt with diligently with utmost priority. Even though there is no vaccine available for this novel virus, prevention and control is the most powerful tool we have against COVID – 19. And we should not miss a chance to keep ourselves and our families as well.

In order to meet with all precautionary guidelines of social distancing, extra efforts should be made in order to keep many people gathering at one place. As a result, it is best advised to avoid places like the shopping mall, gyms, cinemas, local transport and other such crowded places to help with prevention and control. These are the places for leisure, and are in a way not difficult to avoid, but, what about the workplace?

Workplace policies amidst this health epidemic is a tricky topic that needs urgent involvement. The best practice for any business or organisation regardless of its size or type is to allow employees to work from home.

If you do not have workplace compliance policies set up for work from home, or not have this concept in your workplace culture there might be complications with this newfound, urgent mode of working from home.

Organisations can face issues with keeping the task force anxiety-free, availability of systems with desired specs at employees’ home, having the required internet speed, setting up systems at individuals’ home if need be, meeting with client’s requirements, etc.

On the other hand, employees may have issues with internal communications, reporting of work, adapting to a new schedule, maintaining productivity, having the right ergonomics at home to work and keeping a positive attitude.

Here are 5 things employees working from home can use to stay productive and positive during these rough times:

1. Create a routine

A routine is the only thing that is going to keep you as productive as you were in the office, if not more. Generally while working from home we overestimate the time we have on hand and underestimate the urgency of tasks. It is also common to get lost with your kids, pets, TV shows, social media or even daily household chores. A detailed hour to hour routine does not only help you be productive but will also allow you to spare enough time for yourself.

2. Have a dedicated place to work

Find a place in your home where you will be least disturbed. Roaming around with your laptop will certainly bring about a lot of distractions. It is said that once distracted we need 25 mins to refocus. Save yourself the trouble find a place in your home to come to daily.

The ergonomics of your DIY workplace is also important. You do not want to end up with frozen shoulders, sore neck and back pain.

3. Ask help from managers

After a couple of days, you may feel that you are not being able to produce the same kind of work, at the same time as you could in the office. Your body might be missing the workplace personal computer, the keyboard, the mouse, a certain software. Or it could also be bad bandwidth of your home’s internet. Without any reluctance, you should ask HR managers to provide you with the needed supplies. Companies that already have work from home culture have the resources and planning to make this possible for their employees.

4. Move, socialise!

Take care of your mental health while working from home. Staying in 24/7 without any moving and without socialising will surely take a toll on your mental health, needless to say, it will increase your crank your hypochondriac tendencies up with coronavirus anxiety.

Now we don’t think this is a good time to take a stroll in the park, but you can clip your plants, take a stroll in your backyard or terrace. Make calls and video calls to your friends and your colleagues when necessary. Set a fixed time for these activities.

5. Become a pro-communicator

Log out of all your personal social media profiles to avoid the incessant onslaught of push notifications and to keep yourself scrolling mindlessly through feeds when you feel bored. Not doing so can cause hindrance in completing tasks that require your undivided attention for some hours.

Keep your email open, check the inbox often, write emails every morning asking your team if they need any help. Stay active on your office communication channels. Report your work diligently and in detail. Use calls and video calls generously.

Take informed action…

Adaptability and proactiveness are the things that are required during such times to not only keep the virus from spreading but also to stay on track professionally and personally. Working from home and that too effectively is a step in the same direction.

In order to get complete exhaustive guidance on how to work from home — maintaining productivity and a positive state of mind, go through this quick 15-min course.

Sentrient’s working from home online course is curated by tried and tested methods. It will help you with working from home insights, key considerations while working from home, potential harm and hazards associated with working from home, how to report such hazards, risks and incidents when working from home and help in maintaining productivity, motivation and a positive mindset during this Corona-crisis.

Click here to start the course. Stay in. Stay safe.