Great, you’ve been told you can work from home as the country finds itself in lockdown. In these unprecedented times, your thoughts might jump straight to:
• No more traffic jams
• No more worrying if I’ll be back in time for the children
• I don’t have to get dressed
• I can sit in the garden all day
These are just a few of the initial reactions felt by many of us when thinking about working from home. The reality of the situation, however, is quite different, even before COVID-19. So how are we going to cope now?
When working at home, it’s so very important to stay motivated and structured, especially at this time. Both personally and in our work, we seriously underestimate the power of office energy and, believe it or not, the benefits of travelling to and from work. For many of us, this was our quiet time to help us focus on the day ahead and then, after work, to put it behind us.
Routine helps to maintain our sanity and working from home shouldn’t change this. So, to help you stay motivated, energised and structured, below are some personal tips:
I have worked from home for many years and I have to admit, I have never been a video chat kind of person. But now, more than ever, I have reaped the rewards of doing so and I would urge you all to give it a go.
In an era where anxiety and self-doubt are rife with social media, making us feel inadequate, constantly comparing our lives with others, it can be easy to disconnect. However, we should avoid this temptation as you will soon realise behind that laptop is someone just like you, having the same balancing act with the children and having the same worries about doing their job to the best of their ability during this time. We have the tech, let’s really use it and make our lives that little bit better! It’s good to talk, you do it in the office, so why stop now?
Start by clearly differentiating between ‘working from home’ and ‘being at home’ in your head. If you do what you enjoy whilst you should be working, how will you know you have ‘left work’ and be able to start enjoying ‘being at home’?
You will also need an office space. If this space is always in your line of sight, you will never feel as though you have left work. Additionally, if everyone is walking through it, you won’t be able to concentrate either. So, here are some tips:
We don’t know how long this will all last but stay calm, talk to others to keep life in perspective and remain positive. Give your friends and family the gift of time and learn how to enjoy the basics in life again.
If you require any assistance and support when working with HR technology, payroll, or forming business continuity plans, please reach out to us here at Phase 3.
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This article was written by Emma Perris, one of the lead consultants and a payroll specialist at Phase 3.