With the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia, many are working remotely at home to help slow the spread of the virus. This has led many working adults and employees to learn to adapt to a new working environment, their own homes.
If you need to work from home, check out our 8 tips that can help you up your working from home game!
1.Wake Up, Get Dressed
Treat the day just like any other working day by waking up early and dressing up for work, this means getting changed out of your pajamas every morning. We know that being at home means being comfortable, but if you wake up early and get dressed just like a normal working day, it will help get you in the right headspace for work, both mentally and physically.
2. Have a designated workspace
Find a comfortable space that is well lit and suitable for working so that you can focus and be productive. The lighting of your work area is fairly important because, if you are working in a gloomy area, chances of eye fatigue is higher. Ensuring that your designated workspace makes you feel comfortable is important.
Tip: we highly recommend that your designated workspace should be anywhere but your bed if possible!
3. Be Comfortable
Create a comfortable environment for your workspace that mimics elements of your actual workspace at the office such as using a chair with a backrest that will help support your back to avoid or reduce back aches and pains. Besides that, a tip to avoid ‘tech neck’ is to put your laptop on a pile of books or a ring file you have at home to give your neck some rest while keeping your shoulders relaxed with elbows resting on the table.
4. Listen to Music
If your home ambience is too silent for you, play some of your favourite playlist in the background as you do your work to boost productivity,overall mood, keep focused and most importantly sane while working from home. You’ll be surprised by the healing power of music when WFH gets too stressful!
5. Set Boundaries
When working from home, it is important to set some clear boundaries to avoid getting distracted while working, especially if you have family and pets in the house. Schedule a break time to play with your kids, pets or even do house chores. Having a planned schedule for the day will help set boundaries and have a work/life balance.
(Parents with kids can keep their children busy with education games from websites such as http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/ or perhaps books or even a preschool sewing kit so that your children can learn new skills and knowledge.)
6. Socialise and Stay Connected
Socialising with your colleagues throughout the day is one of the most important aspects when working from home. This makes sure that work gets done and everyone is on the right track. Besides, it can get quite lonely working from home, so take some time to utilise apps such as Zoom and Trello to stay connected with your colleagues and bosses.
For employers, a tip to monitor your employees performance while working from home is the use of apps such as TSheets. It is a web-based and mobile time tracking and employee scheduling app. It is a great way for businesses to measure employee productivity while working remotely from home. TSheets allows an employee to clock in and out through the app and employers can track their employee’s real time reports. There is a monthly subscription fee.
7. Set Working Hours
When working from home, your personal and working life are both under the same roof. This can make overworking a real issue. Establish a clock in – clock out time so that you don’t lose track of time and can maximise productivity. Don’t forget to take short breaks in between to prevent burnout!
8. Accept the Challenge!
Many of us are, in a way, forced to work from home due to the current situation. We can either see this as a challenge or a burden. If we choose to see this as a burden, we will always feel like a victim, and not a survivor. See this situation as a challenge and keep pushing yourself to stay motivated & productive. This is a good chance to show your bosses that, no matter where you are, they can trust you in completing your tasks effectively!
I’m sure some days we wish that we could work from home so, who knows, maybe in the future your boss might allow a few days a month for you to work from home. So, keep it up and continue to deliver consistent results.
And that comes to the end of our tips for upping your Working From Home game! We hope that our article has given you some sort of help in making Working From Home more adaptable and productive.
Stay Home, Stay Safe peeps! We’re all in this TOGETHER.