AN ALTERNATIVE WORKPLACE : WORK FROM HOME
Minimizing the impact of COVID-19 has become a prime concern over the world, and corporate India has been at the leading edge of driving necessary steps to stem the outbreak. When companies close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more of us will work from home for the first time and are also thrilled. In social media, you can find trends like “Coronavirus will make it hard to go back to the office after experiencing the benefits of remote work.”
Many establishments are now stimulating further social distancing by declaring mandatory work-from-home and sending their employees home to work distantly. This is the best alternative for companies where a few employees have traveled or are in contact with those who have traveled. Companies are also reviewing the health and safety of their employees whose exposure can increase while commuting to work and meeting other colleagues. Apart from that, there is a huge threat to the business if employees continue coming to the office even a single case of COVID-19 would lead to great losses in medical and sanitization.
Here I am sharing tips of working from home which will help you that you’re successful, both at getting your work done and maintaining your mental well being.
It might seem like a basic tip, but it’s a significant one. You don’t need to dress as formally as you might for work, but the simple act of changing clothes serves a signal that it’s time to wake up and get the things done. It makes you feel human, confident, and helps to draw the line between being at work and being at home. “Feeling human” might seem like an unusual thing, but it’s principal at a time like this when the breakdown of your routine might make you feel ignorant from your “normal” life and the “real” world.
Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean that no one from work will see you. It’s 2020 and we all are about to have a lot of zoom meetings.
Keep clearly defined office hours
Just as you separate physical workspace, you should be crystal clear about when you’re working and when you’re not. The difference between working from and working from the office is that you are in charge of your surroundings and have to treat yourself like an employee. This means that holding yourself responsible, but also recognizing when enough is enough. If you feel you are extending your work hours because you are not doing anything in the evening, and then tell yourself that it’s time to put your work away, recharge and start tomorrow with a fresh mind.
Having a separate time and space of work will allow you to be more present.
Classify a workspace or home office
When it comes to working remotely, one of the biggest challenges is keeping your work and home lives separate. If you cannot fully disconnect from your work, then your work productivity will suffer and your home life can take a hit as well.
Try to make your workspace pleasant with a chair you can sit on eight hours a day. If possible find an area with good natural light. Entering your workspace will help you turn “on” at the commencement of your day while it will also turn you “off” at the end of the day and fully disengage. That’s why it is important not to spread yourself across your home – it might seem significant to be able to move from desk to bed if you let your laptop crawl into your downtime space, it makes it stiff to keep your work separate from your home life.
Build a change into (and out of) work
Your morning travel not only gets you to work physically but it also gives your brain time to make ready for work. Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean you should seize the equivalent routine to help you ease into your workday.
Perhaps you usually read or listen to music on your daily path to work. You can do that at your home or spend some time with a loved one or pet or on a hobby. On the other side of the day give yourself something signal to end the work and serve as a buffer.
Don’t get too distracted
When you aren’t used to working from home, getting distracted is one of the biggest challenges you face. You probably take a few breaks during your workday at the office, and that’s fine to do at your home too.
As of now, the biggest distraction you face is news. And if you are working remotely because of COVID-19 then checking on its updates is going to be in front of your mind. It’s good to stay updated, but it’s also easy to scroll yourself into an anxious mess.
Advantages of working from home
- Convenient Environment
- Adaptable schedule
- No commuting
- Save money
- Forget traffic and crowd
- Easier to make calls
Disadvantages of working from home
- Distractions of home environment
- Less bonding with colleagues
- Unreliable wifi
- Power naps
You may not be able to meet up with friends after work, but you can arrange a bunch of people to discuss a book or TV show or just to catch up over video calls or Google hangouts. When the world is going through such pandemic, it’s more important than ever that we reach out, connect, and take care of one another.