For many, remote working is a desirable option and many report that it helps them to remain productive. A survey in 2019 found that 61% of global companies now allow their staff to have some sort of remote working policy.
However, maybe the choice isn’t yours and instead you’ve woken up to be told that you’re going to need to work from home.
Here are some WorkLifeWell tips to turn this potential disruption into an opportunity for success and a reminder for those that regularly work remotely.
1. Try and create a work zone which is separate to your standard living area. This will help to segregate time at work from time at home.
2. Pay attention to your work zone environment. Just like when you’re at work sitting in poor postures with poor lighting can make us feel tired and in pain. Take some time every day to set your office chair, if you have one, to the correct height and if you are required to use the laptop try and use a separate keyboard and mouse.
3. Keep mobile. When you’re in your standard office environment you probably have to walk a certain distance to make a cup of tea as well as go to the toilet. But working from home could mean that we walk a lot less and become much more sedentary. Try and apply our 20, 20, 20 rule so that every 20 minutes you stand up and look at a distance 20 feet away for a period of 20 seconds.
4. Stand more. Whilst there is a general trend in the office for people to have standing capabilities, our home office environments often do not have this facility. Therefore, attempt to take your phone calls standing or even walking around.
5. Hydration - if you are out of normal routine, a well-established hydration habit can be easily forgotten. So keep a bottle of water close by so that you can drink regularly and keep yourself hydrated..
6. Set goals. It is highly likely that your new working from home option has actually liberated some more time as your current commute only consists of walking down a flight of stairs and into another room. So what can we do with this extra time. Why not set yourself some goals and use this time as efficiently as possible. You could spend some time practising mindfulness,stretching or home exercising. No matter what you decide to do we always recommend setting goals and keeping yourself accountable.
7. Keep connected with colleagues. It is important to maintain communication and working relationships throughout your working day. With communication being made up of words (7%), tone (38%) and body language (55%),opt for a video call where possible!
We would love to hear your thoughts, opinions and ideas on how you have become a homeworking champion.