COVID-19 Quarantine: Tips and Tricks to Make Working From Home Better!
With the official announcement of Coronavirus being classified as a pandemic, several countries have closed their borders and many states are taking drastic measures to decrease the spread of this horrid virus. One of the drastic measures that is taking place is that many businesses are requiring their employees to work from home. For many companies, this is a strange and different concept. Here are some tips to help you out in this time of need:
Maintaining clear communication is crucial in all businesses. There are many ways to stay in contact with your coworkers, supervisors, and clients. However, make sure to know which channel your company will use to communicate with, here are a few:
Email - your typical channel of communication, this is least effective in feeling connected, however, usually emails are easy to track and look back at for important information.
Phone Calls - start your mornings off with a short phone call to be organized and on the same page, employees can get specifics before diving into their tasks for the day.
Video Conferencing - make sure to test the tool before committing to it, is it a two way video stream? How many people can join? And Can you share screens? This is a great way to feel connected!
Discussion Boards - here, employees, managers, etc., can express their opinions, thoughts, and concerns on anything going on in the company. Discussion boards or threads are excellent to share and see everyone's ideas, which can be very essential in this time.
Having an at home work place setup with all of your essentials is key to focus on your work with minimal distractions. To maximize your productivity it is vital to have clean desk/table top, a quiet space, and all of your tools and supplies organized in one place. Having the proper technology before starting is a necessity, in most cases this involves:
Computer - make sure to have a power outlet nearby and access to speakers and a microphone in case it's needed.
Internet Connection - have a steady connection so nothing fails when you are in the middle of an important task.
Phone - to be easily reached, keep your phone on you and charged, this may be essential for quick communication needs.
If you are concerned to have a lack of focus being in your home, rather than a workplace environment, it is imperative to set boundaries for yourself. Explain to other members in your household that yes you are working from home, but you are still working. Treat it like any other work day. If you typically work a 9-5, wake up at your normal time, make sure it is known to not bother you between those times, and make it known to yourself not to get into any other tasks until your work day is finished.