In a time that requires caution and prudence, it’s necessary to cultivate new habits about work practices, to help protect people’s health. The Coronavirus pandemic brought the need to adapt to a new daily routine thanks to social isolation; this is an unusual situation and a challenge for many.
Working from home was one of the ways found to continue in the middle of the pandemic. Technology has allowed many companies to continue their operations. Now, after rapidly needing to adapt to a new reality, many of them are beginning to review the real needs of maintaining processes and structures in their organization.
Experts point out that the home office is here to stay. Data shows that remote work is increasing in the United States. The research also points out that granting employees real autonomy and flexibility, rather than micromanage their remote work, enhance employee productivity. A behavior trend that has become a reality even for companies considered traditional and conservative, and that now discover a format that can be productive and profitable.
Working from home promotes easier integration between personal and professional life. If this is new to you, here are five tips to help you adjust.
Reserve space and routine
Working from home requires discipline and self-control. Reserved space and routine are some of the secrets to a productive and enjoyable day. The first helps to have a literal physical division of work and home. Just like rooms in your home have their own function, a bedroom is for sleeping, a kitchen is for cooking, your home office should have its own dedicated space.
Find a place where you have a minimum of privacy and silence, especially if you share your home with other people. You can’t work in the living room while the kids are watching TV; somewhere with a door for you to isolate yourself and hold that remote meeting can be a good start. But that is not always possible. If you live alone, it is easier to find a corner in the room. Still, for shared and small houses, the dormitory itself can be a good option, or even a corner in the kitchen, depending on what you do. But it has to be an exclusive corner for you to set up your “mini-workplace.” Working at the kitchen or dining table and having to dismantle your entire workstation, when eating, is not highly recommended.
Lighting and electronics
Good lighting, sunlight, air circulation are other aspects that can influence your performance. Wi-fi inputs, taken at strategic points and ergonomic comfort, also need to be observed, regardless of how the structure of your home is.
So, how are you adapting to the new reality?
We hope everything is fine with you and your family.
Remembering that, if possible, take care and stay at home, agreed?