Coronavirus: 5 ways to work well from home
In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak and to follow national recommendations regarding social distancing, Petersens PR will be closed until further notice. We believe that this is the best course of action to keep our clients, staff and their families safe during this period.
During this time, our staff members will be working remotely and office calls will be automatically forwarded to Paris’ personal phone. We are also contactable through our work emails.
It is uncertain how long the governments restrictions will be in place for and businesses could be forced to have their employees working from home for the foreseeable future. Working remotely can be seen as the dream way to get your work done, however it can be challenging.
We’ve rounded up a few tips that will make this transition far easier to cope with:
1. Get dressed
Staying in your pyjamas all day sounds appealing at first but can become the most depleting aspect of working from home. According to studies, washing and getting dressed can hugely improve your state of mind and will psychologically prepare you to start work.
2. Get out and about
Working from home shouldn't mean you have to stay cooped up indoors all day. Working from home can be challenging, therefore clearing your mind in the outdoors can be refreshing. A different perspective will also help undo mental blocks and give you a fresh pair of eyes for any tasks you're struggling with.
3. Take regular breaks
It's good to have a routine when you're working from home, but work shouldn't become repetitive. Its also unhealthy to stay glued to your computer screen all day. It's important to take regular screen breaks and get up from your desk and move around just as you would in an office. Research has also found that short breaks throughout the day are more beneficial than less frequent, longer breaks.
4. Talk to someone
When you’re working from home, the chances are you’ll be there alone. This can be rather isolating. When you’re at work, you have the chance to engage with colleges making your day go a lot faster.
Make the time to pick up the phone to speak to someone, rather than relying on email and instant messaging.
5. Set boundaries
Working from home doesn’t mean you should work past your contracted hours (unless you really want to). You should manage your work load and expectations with the rest of your team to ensure you’re all on the same page.
At the end of your working day, put any work equipment away and prepare yourself for the evening as you would on a normal working day. Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is essential and key to getting through this tough period.