Coronavirus has hit Australia, and many places are shutting down. This is an important measure to reduce outbreaks and keep numbers to what our healthcare system can manage. But it’s also left many of us having to figure out how to work from home for the first time.
Knowing how to work from home takes some practice and discipline. Read on to learn more about how to work from home during coronavirus without losing your productivity – or your mind.
One of the biggest keys to working from home during coronavirus is to communicate clearly. For most people, these are uncharted waters. You’re trying to figure out how to manage your projects, your boss is trying to figure out logistics, and everyone is trying to figure out how to meet customer needs and still stay safe.
Make sure you’re communicating frequently with everyone involved in your workplace projects. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or get clarification as things come up. Without the day-to-day interactions of the office, communication will be the only thing that keeps your business successful.
Treat It Like a Real Job
For most of us, when we hear “work from home,” we picture days lazing on the couch, clad in pyjamas, going to work when we please. But the truth is there’s a reason that we have a standard workday. It can be easy when you’re not working on a schedule for productivity to go out the window.
Instead, treat your work from home as much like your “real job” as you can. Get up at the same time every day, go through the same morning routine, and get dressed. Pick one spot in your home that’s your work spot, and be there at the regular time you would be at your desk every day.
Keep Up Workplace Bonds
One of the biggest unseen risks of quarantine is isolation. Humans are social creatures, and for most of us, our workplace is where a lot of our day-to-day socialisation comes from. Being under quarantine can make us isolated, depressed, and less productive.
Make an effort to keep up your workplace bonds even during quarantine. Start a group chat with your co-workers and try to engage in fun games or activities where you can. Send pictures, schedule video calls, and do everything you can to stay connected even while you’re home.
Learn to Work from Home
The coronavirus crisis is very scary, and for most of us it means facing quarantine for the first time in our lives. Being prepared to work from home in effective ways can be a great way to stay productive and keep some semblance of normalcy in your life. Stick to a schedule, stay connected, and stay safe and we’ll all get through this together.
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