Today, more and more people are working from home. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, companies have been closing their doors to ensure their employees’ safety, and employees are being asked to work from home. If your company is making the transition to working from home, there are a few ways that you can make it easier on yourself.
Tip #1: Get Your Technology In Order
Technology is what makes it possible to work from home in the first place, and you should make sure that you have everything you need. If you have a computer at home, it will make the transition easier. If you don’t have a computer or if you work with sensitive information that can only be done on secure work computers, you will need to make arrangements with your supervisor.
You also need to make sure that you have the necessary applications and software added to your computer. Find out if you will need Microsoft Teams, Skype, Zoom, or GoToMeeting. You will also need to familiarize yourself with the software that your company will be using.
Tip #2: Make Sure That You Have Bandwidth
You will need a strong, reliable internet connection if you are going to be working from home. If your bandwidth is inadequate, your programs will run slowly, and video conferencing can be challenging.
If you are on a video chat with other employees, it is best to shut down any unnecessary programs that are running to lighten the load.
Tip #3: Manage Expectations
Because you aren’t working in the office with your supervisor and coworkers just a few feet away, things will be different when you are working from home. It is crucial that you reach out to your supervisor to find out what is expected from you. You will need to know what they expect and how to get things done. Also, this should not be a one-time conversation. This should be an ongoing conversation to ensure that you are always prepared for any issues that come up. You also always need to know what is expected of you when working from home.
Tip #4: Stick To Your Normal Work Routine
It is easy to become distracted when you are working from home. You won’t have your manager and coworkers to keep you focused, so you will need to do it on your own. Rather than spending the day in your pajamas, get up and get ready as if you are going to work. This will put you in a professional state of mind. Also, take regular breaks and try to take them at the same time that you did when you were at work. You should also try to maintain your regular working hours. When you make your work from home experience as close to your time in the office, it will feel like work, and you won’t get distracted.
Tip #5: Stay Connected
When you aren’t going to the office every day, you won’t be able to have friendly conversations with your coworkers. Because you spend a significant amount of time with your coworkers, working from home can make you feel isolated and disconnected from your daily life.
If you have technology tools to engage your remote co-workers, use it often. It is good to converse with your coworkers about things that are not work-related so you can keep up with each other’s lives.
Tip #6: Get Friendly With Your Webcam
Working from home means that you will need to attend meetings via video chat using your webcam. You need to start getting comfortable with using the webcam and make sure that your computer’s microphone is working correctly.
During webcam meetings, make sure that you look professional. You don’t want your supervisor and coworkers to see you with messy hair in a dirty t-shirt covered with stains. Make sure that you look professional before a scheduled meeting.
Tip #7: Handling the Kids
If your children are home with your partner during the day, it can make working from home difficult. It can be even more challenging if your child’s school is doing remote learning. Not only will you need to worry about your own work, but you will also need to make sure that your children are getting their schoolwork done as well. It is best to set up a schedule for your children’s learning time and make sure that they stick to it. Also, make sure that there are plenty of things for them to do on their own when their schoolwork is complete. If you don’t want your kids in front of a screen all day, stock up on puzzles and books. You can also work with another working parent and set up playdates. This will give each parent some uninterrupted time to get essential work projects completed.
Tip #8: Do What You Can, Talk About What you Can’t
There are going to be some roadblocks when you first start working from home. You will likely find that there are things that you can do from home, and things that you can’t. You should work hard on the things that you can get done, and talk to your supervisor about the things that you can’t. You should be able to work together to find solutions to the problem.
Working from home will be a significant adjustment for some people. If your company is going remote, it is essential that you follow the tips listed above to make the transition as easy as possible.