2020 has seen unprecedented numbers of employees working from home as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses across the UK have been forced to adapt to strict social distancing regulations introduced to help halt the spread of the virus. This has led to many companies and their employees working remotely for the first time. Remote work can present some challenges, but it can also be an excellent opportunity for companies to boost productivity levels and lower their business expenses. With this in mind, here is a useful guide to remote working in 2020:
A Guide To Remote Working In 2020
Creating a productive home office
The first step to working effectively from home is to create a productive workspace that will allow you to complete your work tasks efficiently. Ideally, this should be in a separate area of your home such as an office or a spare room. Having a distinct workspace will help you maintain a separation between your work and family life. Try to choose a quiet working area that is free from potential distractions such as televisions, family members, and social media. Avoid the temptation to look at your mobile phone during work time by keeping it switched off or kept out of sight. It is also important that your home office is equipped with all of the equipment and tools that you will need to complete your daily work tasks. This should include a comfortable chair and a desk, a laptop or computer monitor, a telephone, and stationery. You must also ensure that you have access to a reliable internet connection. According to experts at Broadband and Phones - “Modern businesses are becoming increasingly dependent on their connectivity to support every aspect of their day to day activity.” It is therefore worth investing in quality, high-speed broadband that will meet your current and future needs, especially if you plan on working remotely in the future.
Setting work boundaries
One of the main advantages of working from home is that it gives you more freedom and flexibility when it comes to your work hours. However, it is essential that you get organised and set clear work boundaries for yourself. Make sure that you follow a consistent work schedule and start /finish work at the same time each day. This will help you maintain a healthy work-life balance and create a separation between work and family time. It is also important to take regular breaks throughout the day to allow yourself time to relax and recharge. Experts recommend that you should take a break every 50-90 minutes to remain productive while working.
Communicating with your team
Modern businesses have a fantastic selection of technology at their disposal that can help them stay connected with remote workers. For instance, companies can use telecommunications apps like Skype to communicate with their teams and host virtual meetings. Some other benefits of using business Skype include reduced costs, lower carbon emissions, and increased revenue and business opportunities. Managers should make an effort to check in with remote workers regularly and offer support in any way they can. Remote teams can also use synchronous tools such as Google Docs and Dropbox to collaborate on projects and work on tasks at the same time from anywhere.
Taking care of your health and wellbeing
Many people have found the lockdown period difficult, particularly those who live alone and have been isolated from family and friends. Working from home can also be challenging for people who enjoy working in a busy office environment and having daily support from managers and colleagues. With this in mind, it is more important than ever to take care of your health and wellbeing. Make an effort to stay healthy by maintaining a nutritious diet, getting enough sleep, and following an exercise routine. Practice self-care and schedule time to relax and focus on your emotional wellbeing. You should also connect with your family and friends using apps like Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger. Your loved ones can provide a valuable support network when you are feeling down or struggling emotionally. There are many articles and resources offering advice on how to stay healthy during lockdown.
Remote working offers dozens of potential benefits including lower business overheads and higher employee engagement. That being said, it can also present various challenges. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to maximise results while working from home. Use the above suggestions to help ensure that your team can work efficiently and productively during the pandemic and beyond.
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