Whether it’s during the morning commute (whilst stuck in lanes of endless traffic), whilst battling the UK weather to grab some lunch or during a particularly difficult afternoon of struggling to work in a busy office. At some point every very office worker will ponder – wouldn’t it be easier to work from home?
However aside from the benefits of no commute, working in your pjs and grabbing lunch in your kitchen – working from home can have its downsides. Arguably one of the most important issues that home workers face is how to continue to be productive. Without the assistance of colleagues for opinions, office hours to keep you in check and even somebody to grab the phone the day can run away.
Some how do you ensure that working from home is as productive as possible? Here are some top tips from Vican Connect:-
- Create some space, if possible create a home office or working area. This will help to separate home life from the working day and will enable you to close the door and relax so that you are raring to go the next day.
- Make Boundaries – speak to your family and housemates. Explain that whilst you are at home you are at work and cannot be expected to collect deliveries, walk the dog or complete any household tasks during work hours
- Invest in Equipment – Working in an office usually provides access to a range of useful business technology that isn’t always available at home. Invest in items that will make your day easier such as a printer, good computer and business phone
Call into the office, ultimately a face to face conversation or a short meeting can get you back on track. Where possible arrange to call in and engage with your team. This will not only improve your working relationships but should also help you to channel your focus.