With millions of us working from home (WFH) due to Coronavirus restrictions, we at Paul’s Paper and Pens thought it was time to pull together some advice and tips for WFHomers to help make your experience positive and productive.
The benefits of WFH can be awesome (think – what I am going to with my commuting time for instance) and many doing it for the first time will be clamouring at their boss’s doors for more flexibility in the future.
It’s possible to be happier, more motivated and productive when WFH, but it takes a little thought, decent kit and a good measure of discipline.
Often the first step in our WFH journey is to designate an area of our homes to work from. Regardless of space or location, it’s important to establish where you will work, and commit to working in this space every day.
The Right Kit.
Depending of course on your job role, the kit you will need may differ but most “WFHomers” will need the following:
This type of kit will not only make WFH easier and more enjoyable, but is also an investment in you and your future, after all you may wish to continue working from home more, or perhaps even set up your own business or side hustle maximising the use of this equipment.
Don’t forget to talk to your employer to see if they can help with any of your kit costs, they often have budgets for this or may allow you to take office equipment such as chairs and computers home.
It is so important to maintain a healthy work-life balance when WFH and a routine really helps with this.
Breaks are incredibly important, schedule and always take them. They help you to relax, wind down and most importantly to refocus.
It’s easy to feel loneliness, isolation and disconnection when working from home, make sure you regularly stay in touch with work colleagues and your boss.
It’s important to look after yourself when you WFH, there are a wide range of things you can do and the good thing is, it’s probably easier to do this from the comfort of your own home.
There are a number of perks from working from home – the biggest of which has to be no commute. Many of us spend hours each day in cars or couped up in congested public transport. If you work from home you can choose what you do with “freed” up travel time. You could.
Workspace / Environment.
You can personalise your workspace in ways it would be impossible to do in an office environment. It is possible to stimulate your senses by.
Many people are currently forced to work from home due to Covid restrictions, and are adjusting their lifestyle and ways of working.
Research shows that many organisations are seeing the benefits of allowing employees to WFH and are recognising that there is no significant impact upon productivity, this means that WFH roles will only increase in the future and therefore we should all take the opportunity to sample WFH, invest in the right kit, work upon the right skills and organise our time to take advantage of the obvious “perks” to enhance both our work and personal life.
Happy Home Working.