Today many of us are living in unpredictable times. Organizations are embracing work from home policies that are a completely new experience for a majority of employees. These employees are left wondering how am I going to be just as productive at work when I am at home?
MAAPPEN is here to assure you that you are not alone. Together, we can get through this transition from office work to remote work. At the end, you may even appreciate the added benefits a remote worker can achieve in a typical workday.
1. STRUCTURE TRANSITION TIMES
For many workers, the commute to and from the office is a time for us to mentally transition. When confined to our home, this small task may not seem important or maybe even a blessing (good-bye traffic!), but the loss of time to decompress after a hard days work can take a toll on our mental well-being.
The Solution: Experimentation – try different activities to help start and end your day like deep breathing, reflection time, take a walk, exercise, meditate, read or even take a nap. Find what works for your new at home work routine.
2. DESIGNATE A WORKING AREA
Where you work matters. Plopping on the couch in front of a TV with the temptation to binge watch worthy shows is not ideal, nor is laying in your bed where you’re tempted to relax or sleep. A designated work space is needed.
The Solution: It’s essential to find an area within your home to establish an office. It doesn’t have to be an entire room, it needs to be a designated area that sets the tone of diligence and focus during your work day.
3. PANTS ARE OPTIONAL
Working in pajamas is super appealing to just about everyone! However, there is a real psychological benefit to dressing for your job when working from home, at least from the waist up.
The Solution: Don’t break your schedule. Continue to go about your normal routine as you would if going into the office or on a client visit, but embrace the flexibility of wearing sweatpants, jeans, shorts or the pants optional way of life! Friendly reminder: turn off your video if you decide to step away from your desk on a call (don’t want people to see those boxer shorts!).
4. EMBRACE THE UNKNOWN
Working from home doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice face-to-face interactions. If you are new to video collaboration for business, it’s time to embrace and unleash the power of video to drive engagement with team members and clients.
The Solution: Break out or invest in an external webcam. Meeting over video provides similar benefits of a face-to-face meeting, making it almost as good as being there in person. Plus, innovative software like BRIO’s RightLight technology, provides a professional appearance in any lighting condition so you always look your best!
5. SET REMINDERS
Water cooler breaks are just as important in the office as when working from home. It’s recommended to a take much needed you-break and avoid work time bleeding into personal time.
The Solution: Set your smart watch, fitness tracker or alarm to get up and move. When its time for a break, step away from your designated work space to relax and clear your mind.
6. LEAD BY EXAMPLE
Everyone is familiar with the saying lead by example and now is the perfect time to put this into practice.
The Solution: Show employees how to embrace today’s new way of working by creating a balance; scheduling breaks, taking care of yourself and engaging with employees over video promotes a sense of connectedness and reduces isolation.
7. REMEMBER WE ARE IN IT TOGETHER
Do you remember when Professor Robert E. Kelly was interrupted by his children during a live BBC broadcast in 2017? This is one of the most well-know viral work-from-home moments. But it demonstrates importance: distractions and interruptions happen in the office and it is okay for them to happen at home.
Whether your children run into your designated office area or your dog is saving your life from a squirrel outside, life happens. We need to embrace these interruptions and understand we are all human.
With the recent boom in remote work, there will be a learning curve for ramping up and adapting to this new way of working. At the end of the day, we have to help one another as we are truly in this together.
It’s time to promote working from home and make it a fun, productive experience. Focus on ways to stay engaged, laugh at distractions, find the right work-life balance, enjoy the perks from remote work (i.e. pants optional), and smile for the camera!