Top Tips For Working From Home!

Working from home can sound like a dream come true. You imagine avoiding the commute, having an extra hour in bed, working in your lounge wear, not having to deal with office politics and getting loads done without distraction.

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Working from home can sound like a dream come true. You imagine avoiding the commute, having an extra hour in bed, working in your lounge wear, not having to deal with office politics and getting loads done without distraction.
I am now the HR manager for Dezrez in Swansea. Having worked from home for a couple of years in a previous role, I can confirm that the novelty does wear off. It can feel as if you are on the periphery of the team as opposed to an integral part of it.

It is inevitable that we will all have to work from home for a period of time over the coming months. To help with the transition and to make the experience as positive as it can be, here are my top 10 tips.

1. Get dressed as if you were going to the office. If you feel dressed for business it helps to get you in right mind-frame.
2. Where possible have a separate workspace that you associate with working. If you sit of the sofa you won’t be DSE compliant and will also be tempted to watch TV in the background!
3. Schedule your breaks as if you are in the office. Allocate time for tea/coffee breaks and lunchtime.
4. When you finish work, log out and shut your laptop for the day. There can be a temptation to keep checking emails if you can hear them dropping into your inbox.
5. Keep in regular contact with your colleagues via Teams and telephone. This will help you feel less isolated and will ensure you are up to date on the latest news from the office.
6. When you take your lunchbreak go for a walk (unless you are in complete lockdown) or move away from your workstation. This will help break up the day and keep you fresh for the afternoon.
7. At the end of the working day, get changed into your casuals. It helps to differentiate between work and home life.
8. Have a daily to do list. Ensuring you are focused on what you need to achieve each day will give you a sense of accomplishment and job satisfaction.
9. Avoid external distractions. A TV program can grab your attention and an hour will go by in a flash. Keep the TV off and focus on your daily tasks.
10. If you are struggling reach out to colleagues for help. There may be others in the same boat who would appreciate a chat and some support.

Working from home may not be everyone’s preference but if we have no choice in doing so these tips can make it more productive and less isolating