Top tips for working from home
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, many offices are being temporarily closed and employees are being advised to work from home. Due to the nature of our industry, many construction companies are unable to work from home, but should you find yourself in a situation where you are able to work remotely, the below tips will help…
- Continue to wear a uniform
Ensure you wake up at the same time each day, shower and get changed for work. If you roll out of bed 5 minutes before work and sit all day in your pyjamas, you will not be working in the right mental state. You can adapt your usual workwear to fit your home environment, e.g. wear a polo rather than a shirt.
- Set clear working hours
When you work from home, the temptation to work into the evening or through a lunch break is ever-present. It is important, however, that you give yourself enough time away from work to relax and refresh your mind. Create working hours and stick to them.
- Remember to move
Before work you may wish to walk around your garden, to mimic a commute to work. Every hour or so you should take a quick walk around your house to stretch your legs and keep your mind fresh.
- Find a quiet workspace
If possible, try to work in a private room away from distractions such as your family. You should never work from your bed as this blurs the line between work and relaxation, making it difficult for you to relax in an evening and feel truly engaged at work. If you do not have an office, your dining room table will most likely be the best alternative.
- Bring the outside inside
As you are working, open your windows to allow a fresh breeze in. You should also use natural light where possible and avoid artificial lighting and background distractions such as the TV or radio.
- Stay social
Leaving the busy environment of work and working from home can have a big effect on an individual’s social life. Don’t isolate yourself and reach out to family and friends during your free time and breaks to ensure you have the social support you need.
Remember, this is only a temporary measure, life will return to normal again. Stay home and stay safe!