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Remote working – an opportunity to get more done?

In the current climate, companies are being forced to embrace flexible working and home working. We’re seeing companies fast-tracking the roll out of video conferencing and collaboration tools, giving people laptops, headsets etc…The silver lining of all of this is that companies are forced to embrace tech, rethink their presenteeism culture and trust people to get their job done. We may even find that giving the right framework, tools and advice people are achieving more when working remotely, working faster and even improving their wellbeing.

So here’s our tips for productive remote working:

  1. Pick the right place: choose somewhere with plenty of natural light where it’s comfortable to sit and work. You may not have the luxury of a home office with a sit-stand desk and two monitor screens but make sure it’s good for your posture. Experiment with different places in the house, you may find that the kitchen table is perfectly fine.
  2. Start the day as if you were going to the office: don’t change your routine, get up at the same time, eat a good breakfast, shower and get dressed. Then you’re good to go!
  3. Plan the day ahead: write your goals for the day so you are focused on what you want to achieve. Block time in your diary for the key tasks so you hold yourself accountable and colleagues can see your availability and schedule meetings outside those times. Always start with the most time-consuming task and the one you least look forward to.
  4. Stay connected: keep in touch with colleagues regularly by using collaborative instant messaging, video calling, phone etc…There are a lot of tools available: Slack, Zoom, Teams, Skype, Webex, for example. It can be fairly isolating to work from home or remotely over a period of time so connecting with colleagues on a daily basis is important. You may find that video calls are shorter and to the point than face to face calls.
  5. Update on progress: schedule regular updates to your boss or peers on what you’re working on, show that you’re being super productive and nailing those projects!
  6. Ask feedback regularly: in the same way you would do in the office, ask feedback to your colleagues and boss.
  7. Avoid distractions: put phones and email and social media notifications on silent and make sure you’re in a room where you are not going to be constantly interrupted. Try to set some boundaries and not let home life interfere  with your working day.
  8. Eat well and stay hydrated: it is better to take break for lunch and regular breaks during the day for healthy snacks than grazing all day. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and tea and coffee if you want a caffeine boost! 
  9. Keep mobile: don’t let cabin fever set in, walk around often, go for a walk at lunchtime or even to the gym, after all, by not commuting you will have saved some time!
  10. Schedule learning and development time: set aside some time for Linkedin Learning, an interesting article, a podcast or Ted Talk.

At the end of a working week at home, you will hopefully find you have got a lot done and had more time to yourself even if you have missed the social interaction. We’d love to hear your thoughts on how you are finding it, please let us know!

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