With the instruction from government to work from home where possible, many of us are finding ourselves working remotely. For some people, this is an easy transition. For others it can take time, planning and coordination. Having previously worked remotely myself, these are my own tips for helping you to transition into this new work mode.
Organise your Space
Some people will be lucky enough to have a home office or a spare room that can be set up as an office. For others, this may not be the case. In order to work from home, you need to ensure that your space is organised, free of clutter and ensure you won’t be disturbed. Due to Covid-19 and the closing of the schools, you may have kids at home. It is important that they realise that you are working and should not be disturbed.
Plan your day! Have a list of objectives and tasks that need to be completed by the end of the day /week. When working alongside a team, schedule updates with your team into your daily calendar.
Now that you have your schedule ready, set up your time accordingly. If you are the type of person who is easily distracted, then block time into your calendar for each of the tasks that you have to complete each day.
There is software available, such as what we use in FRS Recruitment, which is Microsoft Teams that allows us, as a team, to communicate together with updates, have video conferencing and update shared files. The use of this type of shared software allows you to continue to feel connected to your team. If you have a busy household, then a noise reducing head-set may come in useful while working at home.
It is important to keep in contact with your team and your manager. Let them know how your day is going and find out in turn what the updates are with the wider team. By keeping in daily contact, you will feel less isolated and this will also help with your focus.
We may find over the coming weeks that the work we are doing from home is not necessarily what we normally do. However, we can use this time to add value to our own jobs – for example, get talking to customers we haven’t spoken to in a while or clean up that database information that you’ve been meaning to do for months or sort out that online filing system once and for all. Once you remain focused, clear about your tasks, manage your time and keep communicating, you will very effectively work remotely.
Personally, I believe that this is an opportunity to show many employers who don’t normally offer flexible working from home options, that this is in fact a viable working solution and will allow those companies to attract more candidates in the future by changing their working practices.
Best of luck everyone while we get through this unprecedented time in our history.
FRS Recruitment is still open for business even though some of our staff are working remotely. If we can be of assistance, please do get in touch.