With more than 50,000 Britons infected with the virus, companies are closing their doors to reduce the spread of infections. Big tech companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Twitter announced that much of their workforce won’t be coming into the office — instead, they will be working remotely.
Some of the biggest challenges for employers include workers struggling with loneliness, managing their time, and communication among staff members. What’s more, if schools and colleges shut down across the UK, working parents must juggle company and family priorities.
1. START EARLY
2. CREATE A ROUTINE
But whatever you do leave the fridge alone, your refrigerator is not your co-worker.
3. REMEMBER TO TAKE A BREAK
Just remember though, it’s best practice to inform your work colleagues you’re taking a break otherwise paranoid managers will envision you lying on your sofa at home eating crisps whilst watching homes under the hammer.
4. ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS
It’s tempting to put a load of washing on, tidy the bedroom, make a lasagne, or order from Ebay! But set your parameters to cover time and physical activities that help create productive working environments and to differentiate between work and home life.
5. PLAN YOUR DAY THE NIGHT BEFORE
6. KEEP IN TOUCH WITH WORK COLLEAGUES
There is also no substitute for picking up the phone, get into the habit of phoning colleagues rather than pinging out emails or messages. In the words of Bob Hoskins “It’s good to talk”.
7. WORK SET HOURS
Most employers aren’t stuffy about specific working hours as long as the work gets completed and you’re accessible during the bulk of the day (10-4), however, setting specific “work from home” hours is a good way of providing structure to your day.
Informing your colleagues of when you’re “in the home office” is also a good way of avoiding calls and meeting requests when you’ve checked out and on down time. It’s important to know when you should switch off.