Working from home has become the new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic. And this new normal is predicted to continue even after the pandemic ends, with 90 percent of employees wish to continue working from home in some capacity after the lockdown lifts. However, the survey found that despite the willingness to continue working from home, nearly half of the respondents report a fall in productivity while doing so. The reason for this lower productivity is equally split among practical aspects of remote work, such as family members, having to work longer hours, and inability to access resources that they would otherwise have in the office.
As a matter of fact, albeit remote jobs give perks to employees to work anytime anywhere they wish, remote work might result negatively more to some employees. Not to mention, employees who are still new to remote working might find themselves experiencing a slightly different version of routine that might result in boredom, isolation, anxiety, thus affecting their productivity.
For you who are still adapting to this telecommuting, it is good to breathe deeply and follow these tips so you can work happily and healthily at home.
Treat it like real office work
As tempting as it might be to work all day in your pyjamas, it is not helpful in making you stay productive as this change behaviour might decrease your mood and ability to work. Sara Sutton, CEO and Founder of FlexJobs, found that some people find that dressing formally is helpful and provides them with a sense of motivation, while also proving useful if they need to dial into a sudden video call. Otherwise, you should treat your remote work as a real job, take a shower, get a comfortable dress, and sit on a working table and chair.
Have a comfortable place to work
Remote working allows you to work from your bed or sofa. You can also choose a place around your house in which you are comfortable with. However, psychologists advised that you should find a space that is separate from where you relax. Try to create your own designated working area. Work in a separate room, if possible. You should also optimise your environment and keep your desk space and area as tidy as possible. Remember that your working position influences how you work and your body posture, helping you to avoid body pain and aches.
Have a work routine
Routine offers comfort and can help reduce feelings of stress. Thus, adjust your routine before and during this pandemic. For example, if you routinely involve hitting the gym before work, try one of many online workouts to start your day. If you routinely prepare your kids before work, do prepare your kids for their day and remind them to only call you when an emergency occurs. You can create an emergency list for your children.
In addition, try to maintain your normal working hours, starting and finishing at the same time and taking your regular lunch break. The more you stick to your routine, the better and easier you will pass your workday during the quarantine.
A little hello from someone can go a long way in this digital world. Greetings your coworkers via Face-Time, Skype, or video conferencing will give you a sense of belonging. Staying in touch is also important because it gives us strength, especially for those who are working or living alone. So, during the break, you should check up on your friends and see how they are doing.
Don’t forget to maintain your boredom
Albeit all of those tips above are helpful to maintain your workday, you still cannot shoo away from the boredom of living away from friends or family. As a social creature, we need a physical connection to help us stay motivated during the day. Therefore, it is also vital for you to maintain your off-work activities.
As an example, you can get outside on your lunch break and take a little walk, whether that is around the garden or around the block as long as it is in line with government’s advice. You can also try some activities or hobbies that will help you stay motivated and happy.