In recent months, many of us have begun working from home in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In fact, in April alone, it was reported that close to 50% of employed Americans were working from home, saying a temporary goodbye to office life. While this may have been a welcome change for many, meaning they get to keep those they care about safe an even spend more time with their loved ones, it causes a definite shift in workplace culture, which many find hard to manage. With that in mind, here are some things to remember when you are working from home.
- You still deserve a break.
Working from makes many of us feel as though we have to put in extra effort or time in order to still feel as though we are working. As a result, many people end up working longer hours than they would usually to keep track of work and ensure tasks are finished on time. It is important to remember that even when working from the comfort of your home, you still deserve a break. Ensure you set aside some time to eat in the middle of the day. Then, set an alarm that will ring at the time when you would ordinarily leave work. Quickly finish what you are working on, and set the work aside for the next day. Do not overwork yourself, especially when you will not receive compensation for your work.
It is also important that you spend some time outdoors when working from home. In place of your morning commute, why not take a short walk around the block? This will help you feel more focused and alert, ready to work as soon as you return home.
- You need to separate work from home
When working from home, it is important that you set up an appropriate working space to maximize productivity and manage distractions. It’s vital that if possible, you do not work in your bedroom, especially if you are feeling stressed. Working in your bedroom can have a negative impact on your health as it means that you will associate feelings of stress, anxiety, or pressure with being in your bedroom – therefore making it harder to sleep at night.
Blogs such as justaveragejen.com offer plenty of great advice for designing the perfect home office, ensuring that you make the most of the space in your home. Creating a comfortable and personalized office space can even boost your productivity, meaning you work your way through your to-do list much quicker!
- You can still chat with colleagues
Part of the fun of work is getting to chat with your colleagues and relying on them for support when you need it. However, just because you aren’t in the same office space any more doesn’t mean you can’t communicate. In addition to hosting Zoom meetings to offer support to your team, why not set up a group message which you can use to stay up to date with the goings-on? Additionally, you can host weekly online ‘meet-ups’ outside of work hours so that you can still socialize with each other, perhaps with a drink in hand.
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