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Top Tips for Working From Home

by | Oct 26, 2021 | Employment and HR, Health and Wellbeing, News

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With the Topic of Working from Home still dominating the news, it seems that many people have become more permanent homeworkers, at least for a part of their working week. As the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) suggests that working from home is one of the best ways of impacting the spread of Covid-19, it’s possible that more people may find themselves back in their home offices (or at their dining room tables!) as Winter approaches.

Our Home Working Online Training has been one of our most requested courses in the last 18 months, with users telling us that they have benefited from the guidance it provides to make their working day as productive as possible, and to help them strike a work/life balance. Here, we take a look at some of the hints and tips the course provides, and the ways in which homeworkers can ensure that they remain effective and efficient employees. Our hints and tips are also available in a free, downloadable PDF which you can keep and then refer to as required.

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Top Tips for Working from Home

Manage Your Time

To help minimise stress, try to identify and prioritise your most important tasks and make a to-do list. Some people find that using SMART helps them to do this – making sure goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound.

Create a Working From Home Routine

Start and end your work day with a routine. Set your alarm, get dressed and make sure you are at your desk with everything you need ready to start work. When possible, try to take your lunch break at the same time each day and even build in time a walk or some meditation to help break your day into manageable chunks.

Get some Fresh Air

Making sure you leave the house, breathe in some fresh air, and have a change of scene at least once a day (ideally more) is important for mental well-being. You could go for walk, run, cycle, or even just stretch your legs.

Communicate

Don’t be too task-focused if you have people reporting to you or when working closely with colleagues, remember to ask how they are and be interested in what they have to say. Homeworking can be challenging for people in different ways so talk and share your thoughts with your colleagues.

Think about Your Workspace

Try to make sure your workspace is away from the main living area of your home, although ideally not in a bedroom. Lots of light and a plant can help to create a positive work atmosphere.

Make sure your chair is set up correctly to support your posture to avoid aches, pains and strains, and check that your equipment is working correctly and not hindering your work. You need to be comfortable while working and ensure you take regular breaks to minimise static movement.

Take Regular Breaks and Exercise

Move about and stretch, get some fresh air outdoors, go up and down the stairs – anything that will get your body moving. Set yourself alarms to remind you to get up from your desk and move. Have you re-evaluated your fitness routine since restrictions began to lift? Many gyms and classes have now reopened and others continue to offer online fitness programmes and training. You could also consider Pilates or Yoga to help with flexibility and aches and pains.

Focus on Food and Nutrition

Give some thought to preparing your food for the week and try to make meals simple and easy to put together for those times when a video call may go on longer than expected. It’s easy to forget to eat or miss your lunch break completely when working from home so make a real effort to do so, even set an alarm if this helps.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day (some people find that using a reusable water bottle with markings or timings on it helps them to stay on track) and try to choose healthy snacks.

Minimise Distractions

Good productivity is usually best achieved by focusing on one task at a time. Why not put your phone on silent or out of the way whilst you concentrate on certain projects, or use a ‘do not disturb’ setting on messenger apps.

Try to work in a quiet area of the house where outside noise is less of a distraction and be sensible about internal noise in the house such as the washing machine spinning when you are taking calls.

Get Out and Socialise

Make sure you get out of the house and see people, see if you can arrange face to face meetings with colleagues (socially distanced if necessary) or even arrange to meet them socially if you live near to each other. Even wrapping up warm and taking a brisk autumnal walk with a colleague while discussing a project you’re working on together can work for some people.

Staying in regular contact with your colleagues is really important to ensure that you still feel a part of the team and avoid feeling isolated. Share your own thoughts and ideas with your colleagues about how to best make working from home work for all of you.

For further information, help and support, have a look at our Home Working Course, it takes about 30 minutes to complete and is the ideal tool for those adapting to working from home.

If you need more support or guidance, check out our Health and Wellbeing catalogue which includes lots of other courses you may be interested in, including our most popular course, Mental Health Awareness Training.

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