Working from home

As many organisations have been working from home over the last couple of months, they will begin to see the benefits of home working. With this in mind, I am expecting it to be the new “normal” way of working.

Businesses would have seen that staff are just as, or in some cases, even more productive at home as they are in the office which is key. It is important that working from home is taken seriously and the health and wellbeing of staff is still considered and monitored regularly. It is easy for staff to feel isolated if they are working from home for a long period of time.

I have now been working from home for nearly 3 months and I want to share my top tips based on my experience of working from home with you.

Exercise

It can be tempting to set your alarm just before your shift starts in the morning, but this is not healthy! From my experience, I would advise you to get up at your normal time and create a “commute to work” routine. If it means going out for a 20-minute walk before your shift, you will be surprised at how much the fresh air can help you start the day off correctly.
In addition to this, sitting behind the screen all day is not healthy and it is important that you make time for regular exercise. During this pandemic, it is important that you do so within the Government guidelines and ensure safety.

Communication

One element that a lot of organisations have struggled with during working from home is communication. I expect, as staff have adapted to working from home, the levels of communication have increased. Do not forget to pick up the phone and speak to your colleagues every so often, say good morning & goodbye at the end of your shift. These are all little appreciated touches that people often forget about when working from home.
You could even go the extra mile and have a virtual cup of tea/ coffee with your colleagues.

Work/ life balance

To ensure that you have a healthy work/ life balance, it is a good idea to create a dedicated workspace to allow you to separate work and lifestyle. This gives you ability to walk away from your desk/ computer when you are finished for the day.

If this is something you are struggling with, it is important that you speak up and discuss this with your manager.

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