Here at JT’s Cloud we have had remote staff for several years now and we have learnt a few tips and tricks we can share with both employees and employers.
1. Get The Right Tools
While this may not be a permanent solution, to work from home, it is still very important for you to set up an ‘office’ like space in your home.
Just because you are working from home does not mean you should be slouched on the couch - you still need to look after your posture so a good chair and a proper desk will not only assist with posture but also help make it feel as though you are in a proper office environment.
2. Make Sure You Still Get Outside
Seeing as your daily commute is now just a few steps from your bedroom to your new office it is still really important to make sure you get a bit of fresh air and sunshine away from your desk.
Something as small as eating your lunch out in your backyard or balcony will have a huge affect on your body. Ideally you will be able to get out for a walk around the block to get yourself a little bit of daily exercise in as well.
3. Stay In Touch With One Another
You won’t realise how much you chat with your colleagues and how much assistance you will provide each other without even knowing it until they are not there.
Be sure to pick up the phone and keep each other honest and staying on track with the work.
4. Keep Routine
If you have a set routine that you do each morning when you arrive at the office then keep implementing it in your day still.
This will help keep the ‘office mindset’ switched on for you. For example, if you arrive in the office and check your emails straight away to deal with anything urgent and then make your way to the tea room for a coffee. Then continue this from the home office as well.
5. Prioritize a Strong Work-Life Balance
We have touched base on this in a previous point, but a strong and healthy work-life balance will be key in your own well being.
Now that your office is just going to be at home it will be a lot easier to just keep working seeing as you are sitting at home anyway, or if you are an early riser it might be too tempting to just just straight behind the desk and get through some work.
Take advantage of the extra 30 or 60 minutes you have now without the daily commute and go for a walk outdoors. Play with your kids for the 30 minutes in the afternoon. Look for a positive way to spend this time.
These are just a few of the tips and tricks that our employees have used to help their success while working remotely. You just need to make sure you are comfortable with your new situation and do whatever it takes to ensure you succeed!
We don’t know how long this environment will last, the challenge is adapting to your situation.
Stay safe and look after yourself and colleagues!