In the midst of the coronavirus crisis where thousands of employees have to work from home, Copernicus share advice on working well at home.
In these days having to stay at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, smart working and working from home are in the spotlight for the first time as serious alternatives to traditional working methods. But how do you make the most out of teleworking?
A choice that even in normal circumstances, and not just nowadays because of the coronavirus emergency, is efficient, environmentally friendly and in some cases increases productivity and worker satisfaction. Until now, working from home was often considered a secondary option, but these days the dignity and usefulness of this type of work is evident, albeit with the limits of each case and in the knowledge that human contact, once allowed, will remain essential for any job.
With the coronavirus emergency, however, companies have been encouraged to make their employees work remotely as much as possible. Let's have a look at five tips to make the most out of working from home, according to the consultants at the Italian smart working company Copernico:
1. Prepare your workstation
When working from home, it is better to have a dedicated workstation and one which is not shared with other functions in the house. It is good to have a suitable corner which is well lit and comfortable in order to facilitate concentration. You should even consider your clothing: it is better not to work in pyjamas if you do not want to confuse your time at work with leisure or rest time.
2. Take breaks and move around
Just like when you're in the office, too many hours of sedentary work at home are not recommended. It's easy to take a break at the office and have a chat with colleagues, but at home you might need to be a little more creative. As an "excuse" to get up from time to time, you can interrupt your work with small domestic tasks, such as loading the washing machine, picking up the post or tidying up. Alternatively, you can even walk around the room while making work calls.
Working remotely eliminates travel time, which means you ultimately have more time. However, this time is always at risk of being devoted to work, and never to rest. Establishing limits is something important to avoid burnout. Smart working means making better use of time, not working for more time, and also taking the right amount of time during the day to recover with leisure activities.
4. Stay in touch with your team
Working from home must not mean isolation from your colleagues. Technology makes connecting with colleagues easier than ever: phone calls, chats, emails and video calls are all available tools.
5. Make a list of things to do
To avoid distractions among the various things that can be done at home, it is better to make a habit out of writing a list of your objectives for the day and decide in which order you're going to deal with them.