Mar, 2020

How to Work from Home During an Emergency

How to Work from Home During an EmergencyIt’s no secret how Coronavirus has affected thousands of people around the globe and took the lives of many. Given the fact that it’s a highly contagious disease, more and more companies have come to realize that this disease isn’t something to be taken lightly and has considered the situation as a health emergency.

 

Therefore, these companies have also considered implementing mandatory work from home policies. If you have always been used to working in an office and this feels like a new thing to you, don’t worry. There are easy ways to make the transition smoother while making sure you’re still productive even when working from home. Read on.

Keep communication lines and open
When working in an office, communicating and reaching out to your boss anytime you need anything is easy. And this is one of the things that would require some adjustments on your end when you transition to remote work. Be sure to discuss with your boss matters that will streamline communication processes, i.e. tools, schedules, expectations, etc. Would you need a chat platform or a software to accommodate video calls? Make sure expectations are set for communicating on a day to day basis.

Find ways to avoid isolation
Now this may be easier said than done because working from home is really far from working in an office set up. In an office, you’re surrounded with coworkers, bosses and other employees. And if you’re not the type who is accustomed to being surrounded by people, transitioning to remote work may be an extra challenge. Therefore, be sure to find ways to avoid isolation. How? Have virtual coffee sessions or pizza parties! Feeling the weekend vibe on a Friday night? Share cocktails with your coworkers over Skype!

Dress up
Another important trick you can use to increase productivity even working from home is to get dressed for work. Of course, it doesn’t mean you have to be wearing a complete office outfit from head to toe but be sure to change clothes instead of staying in your pajamas. Putting on clothes that make you feel good about yourself can significantly impact your confidence and mood. Take care of your appearance, take a shower, brush your teeth and you’ll be in a better mood for work.

Create your own workspace at home
One of the challenges of working remotely is separating your personal life from work. This is especially challenging when you have kids. Your productivity may be compromised because you’re surrounded with distractions. The best thing to do is to dedicate a specific spot in your home for work. Convert the space into a workspace or a tiny office. Make it as comfortable as possible and make sure it has good lighting. Remember, this is where you will be spending 8 hours of work so might as well make it conducive for working.

Transitioning to a remote work can be challenging especially when it’s your first time. But with the help of these tips, you can get your work done as you would in an office while keeping your sanity intact.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.