6 Tips for working at home during COVID-19

 

  1. Create a distinct workspace. Having a designated work area in your house is very important, sitting down in this space sends the message to your brain that it’s time to focus. Clearing away clutter from physical and digital workspaces will also improve your focus. Your workspace should be free from hazards and set up according to ergonomic guidelines to ensure your safety when working from home. 
  2. Create a schedule. Write a list of things to do for the day and break them down into smaller more manageable tasks. Breaking large tasks into their smaller steps creates a sense of progress and productivity when they are completed. Prioritising the work is also important, only plan to do tasks that are realistic to avoid frustration and overworking yourself. Planning other activities unrelated to work into your day will help you feel less overwhelmed and stressed.
  3. Maintain your usual routine. Although tempting to work from bed in our pyjamas, it is important to maintain your usual workday routine to be productive. Take the time to do you normal morning routine, getting up at the same time every day, having a shower, getting dressed into ‘work’ clothes and exercising if you would usually go to the gym. You can even simulate your morning commute by going for a walk around the block. Doing all these things will help your brain and body know that it is time for work, so you can be more focused and productive. 
  4. Taking effective breaks. Taking breaks every hour or two to clear your mind and focus on something new can help productivity. Move away from your desk to take breaks, this reinforces that your desk is as a place for work only. Practice self-care during the day, scheduling in time for exercise, fresh air and connecting with other people.
  5. Stay connected to you team. Speaking to your team on a video conference or over the phone during the day can simulate a normal work environment and help you feel less isolated while working from home. Rather than sending emails back and forward, speaking to team members and seeing their faces can lower stress and boost morale to help you perform your best.
  6. Have a Working from Home Agreement. Knowing the support you are entitled to, and the health and safety requirements when working from home is important. Uncertainty is stressful, having clear definitions and policies for employees will provide certainty in the workplace. Having a Working from Home Policy and Agreement between employers and their employees can help set out guidelines for the new circumstances.

If you have queries about employees working from home relevant to your business contact us on (08) 9316 9896, or email enquiries@processworx.com.au.

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Written by Danielle McNamee

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