March 20th, 2020
Top tips for working at home
In light of the everchanging Covid-19 situation, our team decamped from our office at the end of last week and so far, it has worked well. We are remaining positive and although we’ve had our ups and downs, we have adapted and are embracing our new ways of working.
At a strange and challenging time for businesses and their teams, we thought it might help if we shared some of our top tips on working from home as we know many of our clients and colleagues will be in this situation for a while:
Setting up your home office and making sure your mouse works, you can connect to the VPN and you have a good internet connection is one thing, however using apps and video conferencing software such as Slack and Zoom will help your team stay connected which is crucial.
Keep in close contact (as you would in the office)
Of course technology is the key to keeping in touch whilst working remotely and, whilst we will never again take for granted asking quick questions across the office, we recommend scheduling in regular catchups as a team and with clients. Face-to-face ‘contact’ is going to be key in the coming weeks and we’ve found it’s just as important to have informal conversations as well as ‘meetings.’
We’ve had chats about ‘toilet-roll gate’, how over-caffeinated we are and even how slow the kettle is - all things that put a smile on our face, help to boost morale and make you feel less alone during these times.
We have set regular times at the beginning of the morning and in the afternoon for our catch ups, just as we would if we were in the office. It helps to still feel like we are working as a team.
We have each created our own working space in our homes, away from distractions, helping us to get in the right headspace for our working day. Although it may be difficult, it is also important to set firm boundaries with your family or housemates. A great tip is to create a ‘I’m in a meeting’ sign and hang it outside your door as a polite nod to prevent anyone from interrupting your calls!
Take regular breaks
In order to stay focused and avoid procrastination, it is important to take regular breaks and get away from your desk, just like you would do on your normal lunch break. We’ve been taking dogs for a walk or even just walking around the garden to help us.
We’re feeling very grateful that we’re able to transition easily from working in an office to being at home, however we do understand the difficulties some businesses will be experiencing. If you need help with how you can adapt, please feel free to contact us.