Remote working is the new norm, not only is it the need of the hour, but working from home could very well be the working model many businesses will adopt post Coronavirus. Many teams and individuals that have had no prior experience of working from home may find it difficult to adapt to this new way of working. The aim of this article is to help these employees to transition into working from home more easily.
1. Communication with the team
Ensure that you have at your disposal all of the necessary tech tools to effectively communicate with your remote team. Some of the must-have software you should have are Google Drive and Dropbox for storing documents, team messaging platforms like Microsoft Team, Slack, and videoconferencing and video software such as Zoom and Skype. Also, ensure that there ways for your remote team members to get in touch with you beyond traditional workplace tools and email while working from home.
2. Create a workspace at home
All experienced remote workers will agree that you cannot and should never, resort to your bed or a couch in any way while working from home. It is imperative to have a designated space to work from home. This could be a relatively isolated room in your home or just a nice desk with a comfortable chair.
This space you choose to work from has to have the least amount of distractions. If your house falls on a busy street, keep your window sealed to minus any excessive noise. Put on headphones and listen to white noise to shut off sounds and focus better on the task at hand. Keep your desk organised and tidy and be mindful of office ergonomics.
3. The right tools
Depending on the kind of work you do, you are likely to need more than just a work laptop. Anti-virus and cyber-security software is important. As are installations of online communication tools. Your employer will help you set up such tools. It is important to liaise with your employer about a reasonable level of online tools.
4. Make a schedule and stick to it
A schedule is the only thing that is going to help you get things done while working from home. Making a to-do list to prioritise and organise your tasks will make you accountable and help motivate you to get things done. Have a set time to communicate with other remote working colleagues throughout the day through Slack or other messaging apps, to stay in the loop. It is good to share your schedule with other team members and your family members as well. A schedule will help you get things done it time, it will help you balance out your office tasks and household chores as well.
5. Respect time and time zones
See that your home clock is in sync with your office clock. If you have employees stationed at different parts of the world, make sure you do not ping them outside their office hours. Talk with the team leader, or your manager, as to how will the records of your working hours while working remotely will be taken.
6. Dress up
If you want to be an efficient remote worker, you need to pay attention to this. Do not wear your pyjamas all day. The goal is to trick your brain. Dress in your typical business casual wear. But ensure that you are comfortable and for that, you may dial down some elements of your look, for instance, you do not need to wear heels while working from home. Having a professional outfit keeps your spirits high, keeps you focused and also makes it easier for you to be ready and pick up video conference calls.
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