Working From Home
Top tips for staying productive
Whilst we reap the benefits of home working, no commute, no co-workers hanging over our shoulder and no one stealing our lunch from the office fridge, it is not without its challenges. Here are some of my top tips on working from home:
Zoom, don’t call
I don’t know about you, but I am missing the various daily interactions I used to get working in an office. Visual connections make better engagements with colleagues, encourage participants to join on video even if they’re on a makeshift workspace – we are all in the same boat! Take every opportunity you can to engage.
Keep teams motivated and engaged
One tip is to include the team in the discussion and problem-solving process. If your company is anything like mine, there have been plenty of problems to overcome including transforming our working practices to online overnight. This has many benefits as your teams feel trusted and part of the solution, it also encourages a problem-solving mindset that will benefit you and your company going forward.
Socialise with colleagues
If you are working from home, socialising is important. Loneliness, disconnection and isolation are common problems in remote work life. Make time at the end of team zoom meetings to have 10 minutes of chat – this can really cheer up your team or have a company discussion forum where team members can not only discuss work topics but have a dedicated space for social discussions – keep your team a team!
Be responsive to your team members
Are you waiting for an answer? You need to ask a super quick question, and the answer will impact how you do something for the next hour or even the rest of the day but there’s no response, we have all been there. If everyone remains responsive it can really help to keep work productive – try using a discussion forum which has a notification setting built in so we can keep on top of team requests that don’t get buried in our mountains of emails!
Enable access to key documents
No access to company documents and files has been a common reported complication of the lock-down. Companies need ways of accessing documents safely over the internet using tools such as secure cloud access. This can ensure that your teams are not losing time chasing the latest version of a key document. Wasted time can lead to a demotivated team.
Home working is a trend that has been accelerated during this time as companies move to collaborative platforms to continue communication and drive productivity and efficiency. If you need any help with a Home Worker Platform, call us on 0330 124 76 26 or visit our website https://www.help2change.org.uk/index.php/professional-support/home-worker-site.
Help2Change are a not for profit organisation that want to help other organisations survive through this difficult time and are offering a platform with a built in project manager, secure cloud shared area, a discussion forum and team calendar for free, including ongoing support.
About the Author
Gemma is a financial accountant with wide experience of working in the public and voluntary sectors. She is passionate about promoting healthy public policy and restoring prevention services in response to funding pressures in the NHS and local government.