Welcome to the final part of our three-part working from home advice saga.
Last week we went into what makes for a good working from home setup from a manager’s perspective, and the week before that we gave some general technological advice on remote setups.
This week, we’ll be looking at what makes a good remote setup from the user’s perspective.
Firstly, get comfortable
There’s only one thing worse than sitting in an uncomfortable position for long periods of time and that’s doing it for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.
We can’t reiterate this enough: make sure you’re not crippling yourself to get your job done.
This doesn’t mean you should lay down on the sofa, or work from your bed, but it does mean that you should find somewhere with good back support that you can work from without major discomfort.
If you’re unsure what sort of comfortable setup you should have, refer to the ‘comfort & ergonomics’ section of our first working from home article.
Make sure you have everything you need
By this, I don’t mean a 2KG sharing bag of M&M’s and a 2L bottle of Diet Coke; instead I’m referring to making sure that you can fully access everything you usually access when you’re in the office.
This means that you should have access to:
- A reliable internet connection
- A secure home network
- Any necessary files, whether local or via a network share
- Hardware that meets the requirements to efficiently do your job
- Knowledge of how to raise any work-related queries or complaints
- Knowledge of how to raise any IT support questions or problems to get them resolved
It’s important that your team are fully-equipped to work from home. A half-hearted setup just won’t cut it and will cause major issues in the short-term (let alone long term).
Get your head in the game
No, don’t turn the Xbox on – turn your work-mindset on and get your head in the work game.
This means making sure you’re on-time (yes, we know it’s a long commute from the bedroom to the spare room), as well as having a clean workspace, being prepared for the day ahead and wearing clothes.
You might think the last point is pretty arbitrary, but you’d be surprised how many people are doing Zoom calls in a smart shirt and their undies. While the ‘business on the top, party on the bottom‘ approach is probably a very easy way to go about your day, it can actually detract you from your work and cause you spend the day with your ‘home head’ on.
Your work day is like any other – the only change is your surroundings.
Talk to your team
You might be thinking “I do this. I transfer plenty of calls through to them throughout the day.”, but that’s not the same as having the same sorts of conversations you’d be having with them if you were in the office.
One key concern for anyone when working from home is loneliness.
You may not feel it at first but after months of what can feel like isolation, you may start to feel alone and bored. Communication is key here, so make sure you’re talking to your team and looking after yourself.
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Sadly, this is the end of our 3 part saga, but it doesn’t have to end here.