Businesses around the world have started to ask their employers to work from home due to the escalation of COVID-19. On 16 March, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, advised that businesses within the UK advise this of their employees.
Whether or not you have already asked your employees to work from home, here is what you need to do to stay productive during this time, especially considering no one knows how long this ‘pandemic’ is going to last.
The key to working from home is having clear communication with your line manager, and the rest of your team.
Have a catch up every morning to make sure everyone is on the same page, and that there are clear set expectations for the day.
Keeping in touch with people throughout the day also stops people feeling lonely, which was the second most reported challenge, leaving people feeling less motivated and less productive.
Dedicated working space
If you don’t have a home office, do as much as you can to create a bespoke space exclusively for working. This helps you be more productive, and signals to your family and the people you live with that you are in ‘work’ mode.
Despite this, do make sure that you bookend your day. Working from home makes it hard to switch out of work mode on an evening. Make sure you take breaks throughout the day, and when you turn your laptop off for the evening, leave it off.
As mentioned before, no one can be certain about the length of time anyone will be working from home, so make sure you instil solutions to combat this.
This can be anything from online face-to-face interaction and video calls, regular manager check ins and if you can, regular meetings.
If you’re a manager, it’s on you to provide clear communication and it is also crucial to keep up morale. It is easy to get stressed, but acknowledge that it is there, and keep people’s spirits up. This is particularly key if people end up working from home for more than a few weeks, so set up a norm of some kind.
Many people are in the same situation, so make sure to keep up to date with the latest tips and tricks for working from home. Other advice can be found over on the BBC and Sky.
Also, don’t forget to keep up to date with the Government’s latest advice here.
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