The Ultimate Remote Working Guide
Posted by on May 11, 2020 7:40 am
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The way we work as we know it has been changed drastically with COVID-19 (coronavirus)—possibly forever. As COVID-19 cases continue to increase around the world each day, companies across the U.S. (and broader) have mandated employees to work online from home to help “flatten the curve.”
In many companies, this is the first remote work situation. When employees first start working from home, it can seem like a dream! No noisy coworkers, no long commutes—and of course, no (or little) chance of catching sickness. When working from home, you are in control of your work environment, and you can work where and how you’re the most productive.
Most comfortable working with the temperature at 80 degrees? Turn up that thermostat! Need background noise to stay focused? Crank up the radio. While working from home, you can create your ideal work environment.
There are a lot of good things about working from home, but it doesn’t come without its challenges. And with so many employees around the world working from home online for the first time, these challenges are hitting close to home. In order to keep your work from home environment a dream, employees need to address these challenges sooner rather than later.
1. Overcoming Loneliness
If you’re used to being in a physical office, working from home each day can get lonely. Losing the normal social interactions that a typical office environment provides can often make the day seem longer than it actually is, and leave you feeling down. Currently, that feeling of loneliness is compounded by social distancing. Some employees are feeling that isolation across every part of their lives, as they can’t go into the office and can’t meet up with friends or family. The good news? You can still virtually meet thanks to video conferencing technology.
Schedule video meetings throughout your day to connect with coworkers. You don’t have to be in the same room to be social! In addition to work meetings, host team wellness meetings, lunch meetings or even happy hours. Sometimes just doing something at the same time as someone else helps create a feeling of belonging.
After work is over for the day, you can also use free video and web conferencing to connect with family and friends. Social distancing is taking its toll on just about everyone, but when you take advantage of tools like GlobalMeet Collaboration, it can help make you feel more connected with the people in your life.
2. Working with Kids Around
If you’re a parent trying to figure out how you can productively work from home with kids in the house, trust us—you aren’t alone! Even in the best of circumstances, working from home with kids is a challenge. And with kids and teens homeschooling to finish out the school year, many parents are finding the balance between teaching their kids and working from home online to be extremely challenging.
First, we fully believe it’s ok if you aren’t nailing the homeschooling and work from home situation we’ve landed in. In an unprecedented time like this, it’s important that we are all patient regardless if you have kids or not. Finding the balance between helping your kids succeed and getting your work done can be tough, but it is possible.
If you’re able to share homeschooling responsibilities with your partner, create a schedule to split the homeschooling efforts equally. When not tackling homeschooling, find a quiet place in your home where you can get work done. You might need to get creative here, but finding a place away from the distractions of homeschooling and your kids will be helpful.
And if you don’t have kids in the home, try to have a little (more) grace for coworkers who do. Even if they put on a brave face during the workday, there’s a good chance they’re struggling a little behind the scenes.
3. Finding Work-Life Balance
Now that you’re completely working remotely, you’re likely finding yourself working much longer hours than when you went into the office. When your office is your home, the end of the workday isn’t as clear as it normally is, and it’s sometimes even harder to disconnect.
We now live in an age where being connected to the office is important even outside the normal workday. However, just because there is a need to be constantly dialed in, doesn’t mean you don’t need to take time for yourself and your family.
Finding a work-life balance may be even more important now that everyone is practicing social distancing and staying within the confines of their house. While you might not be able to go to dinner or to a concert, you should still make time for yourself outside of work. Make yourself or your family a nice dinner, exercise at home or go outside and enjoy your backyard. What seems like small things can make a huge difference in your work life balance, especially during these unprecedented times.
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