Posted | March 30th, 2020

Working from home is where the heart is

Working from home is where the heart is

While I love working in an office, I’ve had jobs in the past that saw me working remotely occasionally or working from home full-time. With the recent events, working from home is becoming the temporary norm, which can have its ups and downs.

Here are my 5 key pieces of advice to help you work from home:

1. Keep your routine. Wake up at a regular time each day, shower, breakfast, get dressed and ready for work. This puts you in the mindset of productivity and ready to start the day. Take an hour off at lunch doing what you would usually do; taking a break and relaxing. It’s important to still have breaks and keeping distance with clear boundaries.

2. Work in a different place. Many of you will have desks and PCs, stations already used for gaming and extracurricular activities outside of work; try not to work from these. If you’re lucky enough to have a work laptop, try sit at your dining room table. Otherwise, attempt to separate work and afterwork activities by using different account logins, to make your mind more at work than at home. Wherever your work station is, make sure it’s comfortable and ergonomic. Chances are we’ll be working from home for at least 1 month, so you want to avoid long periods of bodily discomfort.

3. Communication is crucial. Talking with your colleagues helps productivity and creativeness, and staves the boredom. Interact with your workforce through text or speaking online, keeping a healthy presence is positive for your outlook. One vital component of working from home is your headset; get a good one! You’ll be on calls, and talking with your colleagues online more than ever before. Making sure they can hear you clearly and with no irritability means easier communication.

4. Your Wellbeing – Go Outside! Health reasons are a major obvious factor in this current period, so keeping healthy is essential. Going outside for a walk, even for short periods of time, can be greatly beneficial to your work/life balance. It may be tempting to order fast food and junk constantly, but instead, look at cooking in, perhaps even trying new recipes; your body (and wallet) will be thankful for it.

5. Clean and tidy. Make sure your workspace is free from clutter and rubbish; wipe down your keyboards and mouse; sneeze and cough into your elbows; and for God’s sake, WASH YOUR HANDS!

Ben Malka

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