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5 Tips to Work Remotely During COVID-19

[fa icon="calendar"] May 7, 2020 / by Fabrizio Colombi

Fabrizio Colombi

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With the current COVID-19 pandemic, most companies have sent their employees to work from their homes. With this new work setup, companies should make sure they keep everything in check for the business to continue their operations and generate income.

 

 

Read on and learn different ways on how to effectively transition your company into a work-from-home setup.

  1. Build on what you currently have.

Most organizations have their Business Continuity Plan set in place for any undesirable threat that may occur. And because of this pandemic, you need to review and update this policy appropriately. Make sure it is clear and easy to read. This is to ensure the policy is understandable and expectations are clearly relayed to the employees.

  1.  Follow Company Protocols

Ensure your team’s knows the work protocols, and make sure they agree and follow these rules. Because of the WFH setup, you need to make everyone accountable to their actions. More importantly, your leaders and managers should model these right behaviors.

  1. Stay Productive

A WFH setup can make you less productive as it has a lot of distractions like your kids, your spouses, your pets or even just thinking about your household chores. It is recommended to establish a routine that works for you. Make sure you separate your time with work and household chores to lessen distractions. Find a spot in your house where you think there will be less distractions. As much as possible, try to replicate your office setup, and look for a spot in the house where there is enough lighting. This can also be a perfect opportunity for you to build new habits that can positively affect your personal growth.

  1. Use video conferencing.

Set up virtual meetings for your team. This can help you feel more connected with them even from afar. You can encourage them to do a video conferencing during team calls as it can also make the meeting more productive. Schedule a weekly catch-up with the team just to share their current obsessions or anything under the sun.

  1. Know when to stop.

Working in the office establishes clear boundaries of your work schedule. With remote work, it can blur the lines between work and personal life. Since there will be less time for you to travel from home to the workplace, this can lead to overwork. You can establish certain hours of the day for you to sit in your workspace and answer emails from work. It is important to permit yourself to not feel guilty if you did not answer back an email from work. Inform your manager your scheduled time of work and let them know the hours that you prefer not to do any work-related tasks. This can improve your productivity over time as you are more motivated to finish a task in the allotted time.

 


 

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Fabrizio Colombi

Written by Fabrizio Colombi

Fabrizio is director of business development at Decographic. He's been with our team since 2008.

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