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With remote working becoming the new normal once again, it is now more important than ever to make sure your team feel united even when apart.
Our event Pendulum Resurgence: Emerging From Disruption will unite the business world in a one-day virtual extravaganza where our global visionaries will cover topics such as well-being, remote leadership, organisational resilience, leading through disruptive times, business agility, communication, the future of work and more.
With many back to working remotely, here are Ten Tips For Working Remotely:
1. Designate a workspace.
It is easier to stay mentally focused if you designate a specific area in your home to get work done. That could be a home office, spare bedroom, or some other dedicated area that offers privacy.
2. Create a comfortable environment.
Make sure you have the right equipment at home so you can be efficient and productive. This includes things like a computer and high-speed Internet connection, a desk and office supplies. Make your workspace as comfortable as possible, whether that includes a scented candle or soothing music.
3. Set boundaries.
Now more than ever, it’s essential to set boundaries when working remotely. This is because more than likely, you have your spouse, children and pets all in close quarters. Give your family signals as to when to leave you alone. For example, when the door is closed, that means you’re working.
4. Keep children on a schedule.
If you have children at home, staying organized is even more important during this time. Especially with small children, try to get some of your work done while the kids are having lunch or taking naps.
5. Maintain a consistent routine.
Your children aren’t the only ones that thrive on structure. Set a work schedule for yourself and stick to it. Try to wake up at the same time every day and treat weekdays just as you did before.
Because you are not in an office where people can see you, communication is more critical when working remotely. Communicate frequently with your boss and know what’s expected of you. “Out of sight, out of mind can be a real problem for remote workers,” says Sara Sutton, CEO and founder of FlexJobs, a remote job listing site. “The very best remote workers will reach out to co-workers and managers regularly” through a variety of tools.
7. Stay connected with colleagues.
Online tools like Google Hangouts not only help workflow but can also serve as social outlets. It’s even better to actually speak to another human being, so make some phone calls to check in with people. Zoom calls add another sensory element to your interactions. Experts say video conferencing while working from home helps fight isolation while enhancing team unity and productivity.
8. Take breaks.
Working remotely is inherently challenging because it’s easy to lose track of time. With the current situation, taking breaks is even more critical. That’s because, in a traditional office, it’s easy to stop by a co-worker’s desk to chat or head to the break room for a cup of coffee. In one survey, nearly 90% of American workers said that taking a lunch break helped them feel refreshed and ready to get back to work. So, pull yourself away from the computer, even if it’s for a few minutes.
9. Make time for physical and creative activities.
If it’s possible and you can maintain a safe distance from others, try to get outside for some fresh air when you can. Other activities that are enjoyable and don’t require personal interaction include taking virtual classes. Now might even be a good time to start a craft project or pick up a hobby like pottery, cooking, or gardening.
10. Focus on the big picture.
This is a stressful time for everyone, so it’s important to remember to have fun. You may even discover new, funny quirks about yourself while working remotely. Try to embrace the additional quality time you have with your family.
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