Post-COVID-19 Work From Home Tips and Tricks

COVID-19 has indeed immobilized the world. With social distancing as the new normal type of everyday interaction, a lot of businesses were forced to operate via work from home setup. After a few months of having this arrangement, some companies still find it hard to manage their businesses and employees in the absence of physical interaction, while others are making progress normalizing the setup.

If you belong to the latter, whether you are an employer or an employee, and actually planning on transitioning to a work from home setup post COVID-19, these tips will definitely help you to have a fairly smooth start.

Tips for Working From Home For Employers'

  1. Draft a clear policy that will indicate all the essential information or requirements that will help your employees understand how to go around the working from home arrangement. For instance, how long should an employee render work in a day, how working time and deliverables will be monitored, and what online tools shall be used, etc.

  2. Schedule regular team or individual meetings not only to keep track of the business but also to check on your employees on how they are keeping up with the new working setup.

  3. Invest in a good remote working tool that will allow you to manage your business and your people seamlessly and in a very organized manner.

  4. Experiment on new working dynamics given all the resources that you have. You could use various communication platforms or include some casual conversation in the middle of a meeting. Anything that will get your team to be comfortable in your new working set up.

  5. Since you are transitioning to a more flexible work setup, gradually shift from a time-focused mindset to a results-based one.

Tips for Working From Home For Employees'

  1. Pick a working space at home that will allow you to work comfortably and without any distractions, as needed. If you think that you are not strong enough to resist the calling of your bed, you might want to set up your working area away from your bedroom.

  2. Establish your working hours. Since you are working at the comfort of your home, you may feel that you are not working enough, thus you tend to overwork without even realizing it.

  3. If you do not feel that you are “in the zone” or you’re not being productive, you can try putting on your office attire. This could help trick your mind into thinking that you are “dressing up for work” and might actually get you more pumped up.

  4. Do not feel guilty about taking a day off. Just because you are working remotely does not mean that you are not capable of feeling exhausted. Do not let yourself burn out and take breaks as you need.

  5. Since you are on the transition period, keeping track of your progress can help you adjust your daily goals and eventually build a new routine that matches your resources and environment.

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