Working from home – top tips

Price Bailey has long believed that better workplaces equal better results. We recognise that for a business to be successful, it must ensure that it gives equal attention to the wellbeing of its people by taking steps to ensure they are able to maintain a good work-life balance, maintain a healthy lifestyle and are content and engaged. By doing this we’ve successfully improved the wellbeing of the entire organisation (its financial status, profitability, productivity and efficiency).

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We introduced Smart Working in 2013. This has allowed many of our people to work from home and be flexible as client demands allow. Whilst our people are very used to working from home, Covid-19 has resulted in the need for other businesses to introduce or extend working from home policies across their operations for the very first time. Here, our people share their top twelve tips for working from home effectively and maintaining a good work-life balance:

  1. If you are able to, dedicate a particular room or zone as your working space. This allows other people in your home to recognise when you are ‘at work’ but also prevents work creeping into areas of your home that should be preserved for relaxation e.g. the sofa.
  2. Identify a finish time so that your personal time is not eroded. It is too easy to just keep working until bedtime. Over time, this is likely to be counter-productive to productivity.
  3. Tackle the more complex tasks when you are at your most productive. For many, this is first thing in the morning. Leave the simpler or more enjoyable tasks for when you know your energy levels start to wane.
  4. Avoid sitting for long periods of time. Take regular breaks and consider walking around during telephone calls and meetings. Consider setting alarms to remind yourself to spend some time away from your screen.
  5. Log out of social media, remove the shortcuts from your toolbar and turn off notifications from such sites during working hours to avoid distraction.
  6. Use and share an online calendar with your team. Let them know the best telephone number to reach you on and any periods of time you are unavailable or would rather not be disturbed.
  7. Write a to-do list before you sign off for the evening. This will give you immediate focus when you sign in the next day and will stop you wasting a productive part of your day figuring out what to do.
  8. Prepare your lunch in advance. The proximity to the fridge can be too tempting and if lunch is not organised in advance, regularly snacking can become a new habit!
  9. Don’t work in silence unless that works for you. The hum of background TV or music works for many and prevents a feeling of isolation.
  10. Get prepared for your working day as you usually would. The thought of working in your pyjamas may be fun for some but it may hinder your productivity (by lunchtime laziness may be creeping in!) When you get up, put something casual on to keep you fresh and focused.
  11. Maintain regular contact with your colleagues including regular ‘virtual’ face to face contact using video-conferencing technology or by instant messaging apps. Consider a ‘virtual’ coffee time together and/ or an after-work ‘virtual’ beer. Cheers!
  12. Make some time for yourself. As you now won’t have to commute to work, perhaps spend this time exercising or on hobbies; It’s a great way to disconnect from work and de-stress.

Working from home can be tough, with practice and the right mindset you can do it efficiently and effectively. We hope that in sharing these tips, people can learn to alter how they work to stay as productive as possible throughout this uncertain time.

If you would like more advice on how to implement a working from home policy in your workplace, please feel free to contact Heidi Berry, Employment Lawyer, Price Bailey Legal Services.

We always recommend that you seek advice from a suitably qualified adviser before taking any action. The information in this article only serves as a guide and no responsibility for loss occasioned by any person acting or refraining from action as a result of this material can be accepted by the authors or the firm.

We always recommend that you seek advice from a suitably qualified adviser before taking any action. The information in this article only serves as a guide and no responsibility for loss occasioned by any person acting or refraining from action as a result of this material can be accepted by the authors or the firm.

 

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