Working From Home During Covid-19

     As the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has escalated, businesses are trying to be proactive with their employee and customers’ health. One way that businesses are going about this is by having their employees working from home.  

If you are an employee who has been told to work from home, follow these tips to be successful working outside of the office. 

  • Start your day at your normal time. It may be tempting to not set an alarm for a day you will be working from home. The boss won’t know if I sleep in an extra 30 minutes, right? While you might be able to get away with something like this, you shouldn’t want to. Remaining consistent in your schedule and morning routine will help make your daily work routine play out, as well as make the transition back to work as smooth as possible. Also, keep the same morning and evening routine such as taking a shower, shaving, washing your hair, getting your clothes out ahead of time — Keep all of the same habits you had before.
  • Change out of your Pajamas.Don’t make casual Friday an everyday thing. Keeping your daily routine is important when it comes to working from home. Wearing your normal work attire will help to maintain the working mentality. You never know when your boss is going to want to video chat with you!  Plus, it will make you “feel” like you’re at work. 
  • Work sitting upright at a table or desk.Productivity will be much higher if you are sitting at a table or desk, as opposed to sitting in your bed or on the couch. Being too comfortable with your sitting position during your work hours may lead to a decline in productivity. If you want to stretch your legs, try working with your laptop on the counter. Drink the same amount of coffee, tea, or other beverages you were used to.
  • Be sure to take your breaks and lunch. Even though you may feel more relaxed working at home than at work, you still need to take your breaks. Having your allocated 10-15 minute breaks and your designated lunch hour will help to separate your work from home. Take a walk outside, try some affordable workout options like resistance bands workout, or play with your dog in the backyard. This will get you re-energized to take on the next couple of hours of work.  Keep the same break schedule as well, including timing.
  • Find A Good Place To Set Up Shop. Although it may not be easy with some home layouts, you will need a place away from the kids, noise and distractions. If you have an open concept layout, you might want to consider emptying out a closet or a small nook and work from there. With computers today, you only need a small place to set up. It’s very important to diminish distractions as much as possible.

        Work Ethically. At the Better Business Bureau, we want to remind you to always work with ethics at the forefront. We know your boss isn’t able to spy on you at all times and ensure you are remaining on tasks. It is up to you to work with integrity and, no matter what location you are in, to put in 100% effort for the company who has entrusted you to help them succeed.  Your ethics will eventually help your employer succeed, which will in turn continue your own success.

       Working from home can be a new transition for some employees. As long as you are keeping your routine, taking your breaks, and working with ethics, you have the potential to be successful working from home.  
Partial Source: Better Business Bureau

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