Remote working can be hugely beneficial for both your business and your employees – providing you can maintain motivation, stay productive, and manage a healthy work-life balance. Here are some of our tips for successful home working.
Having the right technology to support remote working is one thing, but for those who are used to working in a busy office environment, the prospect of working home alone for an unknown period of time can be daunting.If you’re looking to create remote working environment that helps you stay productive, here are some of the top tips we recommend to help you and your remote workers succeed.
Maintain a ‘going to work’ routine
Start each day with your usual routine. It sets your mood and focus for the day and helps you get into the right frame of mind for work – so get up, get showered, get dressed!It is so tempting to spend some extra time in bed, but you could use your usual travel time to do something productive. Boost your mind by looking at one of the main free online courses in a wide range of areas that could increase you knowledge in either a work related area of just something in your personal life you wish to get better at. Exercising is also a great way to fill your usual commute time and can boost productivity and improve mental health.
If you normally begin the working day with a coffee at 8.30am while you read your emails and create a to do list, then keep that up. We are creatures of habit so you may find your day more productive if you maintain a similar routine you are used to.
Set yourself deadlines
Staying organised and managing your time is essential if you want to maintain productivity, especially with so many distractions around the home. Spending a few minutes each morning writing out your daily to-do list will help you stay focused and accountable for your work.
While remote working can be a fantastic addition to your business continuity plan, the increase in locations also increases the cyber security risks to your company.To minimise those risks and help safeguard your organisation, you should make sure all your software is up to date and that staff can only remotely access any shared company networks via a dedicated Virtual Private Network (VPN).
Fraudsters are likely to attempt to capitalise on the current unrest across the world and will target individuals while they are at their must vulnerable. Warn your team to be vigilant when opening emails, sharing information or clicking links. Pay particular attention to emails from HMRC and the NHS as these are in the news currently.
Stay in touch
Working from home does not have to mean you can’t still enjoy face to face meetings with your immediate colleagues and other contacts.Microsoft Teams is one of the best platforms out there to aid teamwork and communication. With a range of collaboration tools such as instant messaging, audio and video calls, real-time multi-user document editing, and to do lists, Teams is the perfect app to keep you and your employees productive and engaged.
One of the pitfalls of not having a set arrival time to the office is that you can end up in front of your screen for much longer than you would usually.Make sure you plan regular and meaningful breaks into your day. Have lunch with the family away from your screens or call your friends or family members to see how they are getting on. Take time to stretch and move away from your area of work.Meal prepping your lunches and snacks can help you stay on track with healthy eating and will also save you time during the day. Try and limit your coffee in take, and drink plenty of water.
Set your team up for success
If you need help with developing remote working solutions, we can get you set up quickly and efficiently. Contact us today to speak to a specialist.