Top Tips for Remote Working

In response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the government has advised employers to encourage their employees to work from home where possible until the spread of the virus is under control.

Although working from the comfort of your own home and skipping the dreaded morning commute may seem like an attractive prospect, it can be a double edged sword. Staying home all day can negatively impact on your routine, promote bad habits and subsequently affect productivity.

To help our members adjust to these new work arrangements, we’ve put together our top tips for remote working.

1. Create a dedicated workspace

Find yourself a comfortable, designated spot in your house to work for the day – it doesn’t have to be a desk if you don’t have one, it could be the dining table or even your garden. However make sure this spot can be left once your work day is finished – that means the couch or your bed is a big no, no.

2. Communicate

There is always a risk that working remotely can leave employees feeling isolated - it’s therefore essential that teams effectively communicate and embrace new technologies to assist with this.

Rather than just staying in contact via email and phone, it’s important to mimic face-to-face communications as closely as possible.

The Microsoft Teams app is a great solution to this – it provides employees with the opportunity to have group discussions and individual conversations, both through online chats and videocalls.

Demonstrating strong communication with your team while working remotely not only maintains relationships but it also ensures that everyone feels included and across what is going on.

3. Have a plan

You may find that to stay focused and productive whilst working remotely, you require a more structured daily schedule than you typically would in the office.

Try writing a detailed work plan each day and make sure you schedule in two to three breaks and use these breaks to leave the house and get some fresh air – whether it’s walking the dog, doing your grocery shop or walking to grab a coffee at your local café.