Working from home can boost productivity; increase turnover and lower organizational costs for employers, while staff enjoys benefits like flexibility and the lack of a commute.
A recent survey by Wire found that 53% of businesses had seen unchanged or increased productivity since lockdown restrictions forced employees to work from home.
But how can we make working from home a success?
What employers should do?
- Talk to your team and staff about how they might improve working from home arrangements, do they have all the necessary equipment to complete their tasks? If not, negotiate how to arrange these new accommodations.
- Communicate often – Managers should keep in regular contact with their employees, including making sure they do not feel isolated. The more you keep the conversation going, the better you can understand what each individual is feeling and what they are working on.
- Set clear expectations- Make sure that everyone working from home knows what’s expected of them.
This includes agreeing:
- when employees will be available to work
- how they will keep in touch
- how work-life balance will be managed, for example taking regular breaks and switching off from work at the end of the day
- rules around storing information and data protection
- how performance will be managed and measured – taking into account people’s circumstances where necessary
- who employees should contact if they have any problems or their circumstances change
What staff should do?
Set up a workspace – When possible, separate your work area from your personal spaces and use it just for work.
Stick to a schedule – By setting specific work hours and sticking to them, you will increase performance and develop a healthy work schedule.
Update Your To-Do List Every Mornings – Start your day by reviewing priorities for the day and make a list of all your must do’s.
Get out of your pyjamas – Even if you don’t leave the house, dress for work as if you were in the office. This helps you to get in the mood and avoids embarrassing interactions with co-workers and clients.
Stretch Regularly – Stretching gives you a better posture and takes out the pain from your body.
Take breaks – research has shown that taking short breaks can actually increase productivity and creativity levels
Use Video Chat – Working remotely requires you to overcommunicate. Tell everyone who needs to know about your schedule and availability often. When you finish a project or important task, say so.