We're living in uncertain times following recent government advice on CoronaVirus to 'work from home' wherever possible, remote working is about to become a normality for millions of workers. As a business which has always operated a truly flexible working environment for our team we're sharing some top tips for making a success of remote working.
It doesn't matter particularly where this is but it is important that you create a space which is for work, even if this is just at the dining table, have a spot where you set up for work everyday and be clear with the other people in your home about this space, communicate what you need to work effectively and the need to respect this space, it is very likely that multiple members of your family will be at home during the CoronaVirus outbreak so working around one another is particularly important.
Things have changed and the routine you follow at the office won't apply here, you'll have other things to consider like still running your home, or your child being in the house but try to set out a routine which works in your current circumstances and stick to it. Consider things like working hours, just because you are at home doesn't mean you should suddenly be pulling a twelve hour day everyday, set yourself some working hours but be realistic about how they might spread across the day given other responsibilities you might have, be sure to structure breaks in the day and time for other activities to help create space and balance.
There's no more commute, and you won't be getting to the gym most likely either, plus you're in your own house, with access to your own fridge. Make sure you build in time for exercise and remove yourself from the work day whilst you do so. Go for a walk or do an online excercise class, just like in the office you'll have busy days where you feel like you can't get away but you can! - move away from the screen even if for a few minutes, with no distractions of colleagues or brew runs, breaks from the screen and from being focused on the task in hand are really important.
Potentially easier said than done with a house full of people but consider the things that easily distract you and get rid of them where possible, don't need your mobile during the day? put it away! turn off news alerts and social media notifications on your computer and adopt a 'work mode' equally don't be afraid to minimise the distractions from your remote team or colleagues, tell them when you need to concentrate and when you won't be as responsive and make sure you do the same for them, you'll feel much more focused as a result.
You may be working remotely but you still need social interaction and it's really important to engage with your team, clients and colleagues, written communication has it's purpose but can often be misconstrued. There's so much technology which enables meetings, stand ups and even events to take place online, take advantage of them all and keep connected.
If you're not used to working from home, it's going to be a big transition, added to that the fact that social interaction in general is limited and you could be forgiven for feeling a bit glum. Try to find the joy in the small things, planning what you'll have for lunch or listening to your favourite music.
Our last tip is be patient with yourself and with those around you, this is new territory for lots of people and as a result there will be people struggling to set up tech for the first time, new problems to address with your business and everyone might be under a little pressure, so be patient with others and with yourself and remember, this won't last forever!