This is an increasing trend, a popular option for both the employer and the employee. It even has it’s own acronym…WFH.
In the city it can be as a result of property downsizing meaning desk reductions. It can be because you are self employed and you don’t want the additional office building and heating costs or it could just be that this option suits your personality. As more firms are offering this flexibility, there is unfortunately still a stigma around it. The belief that no work will be done at all, it’s seen as an opportunity to scive and the lack of oversight is what makes employers nervy. Survey feedback suggests that the lack of trust is concerning.
An employee who works from home for whatever reason is basically asking for trust. As the work is being done, who cares where you are located?
Research implies that working from home results in being more productive and reduces stress. You aren’t rushing to run out the door to get a cramped tube then paying for the privilege (how expensive is the tube nowadays by the way?!) and then arriving at the office to find out your boss is in one of those moods. That’s before the day has even begun!
Personally, working from home all the time would be isolating but to just have the opportunity is meaningful. Interaction with colleagues is important, ideas are formulated and it can really improve your mood. It’s about having the right balance. Both options have their perks. Being at home for me means I can listen to music, it helps me plough through my work much faster. In my previous role we would frequently pop in the earphones to focus, not be disturbed and bash out that piece of work. I love the added bonus that I am saving both time and money travelling and finally one of my bug bears…being warm (I know that sounds odd but why is it that so many offices seem to enjoy hardcore air con?!).
As long as you are organised when working from home, not allowing yourself to be distracted with jobs and ignoring those nagging “I should just tidy that” thoughts your day should be productive and stress free!
My WFH Top Tips:
STICK TO A MORNING ROUTINE
Set the alarm, have a cuppa and brekkie, exercise…whatever you usually do as long as you aren’t sleeping in and rolling out of bed to switch the laptop on. Start the morning off well for a productive day ahead.
Sitting at your laptop in your PJs is not going to make you feel productive. Shower and dress well. Instead of the relaxed “I’ll do it later” feeling, you instantly feel more productive and want to get shit done instead. Clothing does affect your work, what we wear influences how we act.
SET YOUR SCHEDULE
If you usually work 9-5 then stick to those hours. It’s crucial to set boundaries otherwise you will be replying to emails and taking calls late into the evening. Clearly communicate the hours you will be working so you are focused to complete your tasks. This will help prevent your personal life colliding with your business life.
TAKE REGULAR BREAKS
Make a coffee, move away from the screen. It’s ok to take a break. In the office you would go and speak to a colleague or grab a drink right? Sitting for extended periods of time staring at a screen is bad for your health. Offices now undertake Display Screen Equipment assessments (DSE) which encourage regular breaks from staring at a computer screen. The same applies when you are working from home and believe it or not, small breaks actually help you stay focused.
Go for a walk, go outside. Take some real time away from your working environment. It’s important to clear the mind, inhale some fresh air and feel re-energised for the afternoon stint.
Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…including you.
How do you find working from home? Do you have any hints and tips to share? I would love to hear them!
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