Our office views have changed. Our coworkers are now our children and furry sidekicks and for some of us, our workday is intertwined with playing teacher. While working in sweatpants, not sitting in traffic and having your favorite TV show on in the background is nice, if you’re not used to WFH (working from home-yes, it’s a thing) it can be a big change.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, many workers will experience WFH (working from home)- some, the first time in their career. Working from home is nothing new to the employees at TMG. Due to the nature of traveling, working remotely has become an essential part of our regular workflow. We’re sharing some of our best tips for adjusting your work environment.
Find a good workspace
Your workspace environment is key to successfully WFH. Although sitting on the couch watching TV provides leisure, this could also cause disruption to your work. Create a space where you can work freely and comfortably. If possible, having a room where you can close the door when you are done with work for the day is ideal. It’s very easy to work before/after your designated hours when your commute is only steps away.
Get your technology up to date.
Technology enables the ability of WFH. Before leaving the office- make sure all technologies are up to date and working properly. This is essential for communication with co-workers and clients.
Another thing? Applications- iron out what your company is planning to use ASAP. Whether it’s Microsoft Teams, Skype, Zoom or GoToMeeting, a lot of work will be relied heavily on having these applications up and running.
Create a routine.
Right now, it sounds like we’re going to be in this for a while so creating a routine is a definite recommendation. Wake up, brush your teeth, get dressed and begin your day. A successful WFH routine involves creating a routine that’s tailored to you and your needs. Start with setting parameters for the beginning/ end of your workday. With school closures, parents are faced with a challenge of WFH, while their child may have to attend virtual schooling. Flexibility is important during this time. Aim to maintain regular work hours and communicate with your supervisor to work a schedule that is right for you whether that may be starting earlier than your typical workday or working later in the evening.
The seemingly overnight severity of COVID-19 brings a great amount of stress and fear of the unknown to many around the world. All aspects of life have become stretched thin. Stop, take a second and breathe. Use this time as a learning experience and see what works well for you and your workday. Need time to decompress? Step away from your screen. Whether it’s a quick 10 minutes of stretching or taking your dog for a walk around the neighborhood, it is important for your success in WFH with a clear mind. So, remember to take a second to breathe, you can do this!
We’re all in this together. From TMG, we wish everyone good health and are sending positive thoughts. For our first responders, military, doctors, nurses and other essential personnel who cannot stay at home, thank you for all that you do.