Working from home is a new concept to a high number of people in the U.K. with businesses having to adapt to the new normal.
With only 13% of UK working parents wanting to return to their former work/life balance, homeworking may become the new normal for a number of businesses and industries not only across the U.K. but the world.
Here at Cymphony, we have team members who have been Home Workers for several years and know a few things about how to be productive and set yourself up for success.
For this reason, I got in touch with four members of the team to see what advice they have to give you an idea of what it is you could do to keep yourself productive while also minimising any anxiety or stress.
On that note, if you’re dealing with added stress due to working from home you can check out our article Reducing Homeworking Stress where we breakdown different ways you can reduce stress while working from home.
Tip 1: “Get Ready to Start the Day Well” – Louise, Customer Service Manager
The one tip all of our home workers gave was this: Get up, have a shower, get dressed, and have breakfast just like you would if you were in the office.
Rolling out of bed 5 minutes before you are due to start work and sitting at your desk in your pajamas will leave you feeling tired, unfocused, and generally fed up!
Tip 2: “Prepare meals and snacks like you would if you were at work” – Kayleigh, PA
You don’t want to spend your day running back and forth to the kitchen every time you need a drink, and you don’t want to waste half of your lunch break preparing food.
Prepare all your food and drinks before you start your day, just like you would if you were working in the office.
This will save you time throughout the day and will reduce anxiety because you won’t need to leave your desk frequently.
Tip 3: “Make your workspace somewhere you enjoy spending time” – Sarah, Overnight Team Leader
You’re going to spend a lot of your time sitting in your workspace when you work from home, so it should be a pleasant place to be.
Keep it tidy, make sure everything you need is in easy reach (tissues, paracetamol, drinks, pen and paper, a jumper for if it gets chilly), and above all, make it comfortable.
You’re never going to be able to focus on work if you are squeezed into a corner in an uncomfortable chair.
Tip 4: “Talk to People” – Sarah, Overnight Team Leader
Use internal channels like Teams to interact with people.
Not just when you or they need help, but if you have a story to share then share it (time permitting).
If something has made you smile, it’s probably going to make someone else smile too. And if you’re struggling with something (whether that’s work-related or personal) you won’t be the only one.
As one homeworker put it “we’re all in this together and will get through it as a family.”
Tip 5: “Work Time is exactly that – Work Time” – Jackie, PA
Make it a rule that works time is just for work and nothing else, so treat the time you work from home exactly like you would if you were working in an office.
Try to keep contact with family members in the home to a minimum (not always easy if you have children at home) and keep off social media and the news unless you are on a break.
Try to avoid arranging for deliveries to arrive during your working time; it will distract you even more.
What’s is your tip for working from home?
If you’ve been working from home during the COVID-19 period, we would be keen to hear how you’ve found working from home and any tips you’ve got for handling your day-to-day schedule.
Let us know in the comments or reach out to us on one of our social channels such as Twitter so we can hear how you’re coping during the pandemic and what is working for you.