As organizations and employees make adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have transitioned to working from home as a part of the social distancing strategy. While this may provide new flexibility, it can also present new challenges.
Here are tips to help you thrive in a remote work environment:
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate...
- Don’t be afraid to ask for clear expectations, direction and feedback. If you feel lost or unsure of what to do,
let someone know.
- Provide your manager and co-workers updates on projects or important tasks. A good standard is to check in twice daily (even if only for a couple of minutes).
- Notify your team of your preferred communication method. E.g., email, phone calls, e-chats, etc.
Treat it like a "real" job...
- Maintain your morning routine. Wake up at your regular time, shower and get dressed.
- Create a space at home specifically for work. This could be a home office, but it might be repurposing a room or corner of your home.
- Avoid working in bed. Sitting in an upright chair will save your productivity (and your back!). This also tells others at home that you’re “at work.”
- End your day on time. Put everything away, create a signal to help you and your family recognize that your work day is done.
Help minimize distractions...
- Use headphones or a sign on your office door as an alert to others that you are working.
- Set times of 45-50 minutes to work, followed by a 5-10 minute break.
- Consider playing ambient noise, such as nature sounds, as this can help decrease household noise, increase concentration and lower your heart rate.
Take care of yourself...
- Watch your habits during the day. If you are snacking more, relocate your work station out of the kitchen. If you are watching too much TV, hide the remotes.
- If you traditionally commute, utilize your new “free” time for something purposeful. For example, walk around the block in the morning to wake up your body and mind.
- Practice good self-care. Continue to do the things you enjoy – play games, read books or cook a fun meal.
- Social distancing doesn’t have to mean total social isolation. Stay in touch with your co-workers, family and friends!