To work-from-home can be a real challenge.
When the change happens and one starts working from home either by choice or by the evolution of the workplace the change in routine can have a high impact on ones’ self-perception and the differentiation between personal and professional time tends to become to disappear since you do work-from-home, where you tend to spend your private time.
To become a successful work-from-home employee there are some pitfalls that have to be avoided and if you incorporate new routines in your life you will probably become a successful work-from-home employee.
From starters don’t wake up and start to work as a sequence. Take some time to wash-up and clean-up just like if you ware going to interact with colleagues. This will help to change your state of mind and get you ready to change gears and start to work. On the other hand, if the need for a video conference arises you don’t have to delay and rush to clean-up and get dressed.
If possible create a specific area in your home to work from. If this is not at all possible you can try local cafeteria, library or co-work. The term work-from-home doesn’t limit you to actually working from home as much as it refers to not being in a conventional office. The change of space and/ or area helps your brain to get into gear.
While setting up your workspace remember to check with your office and corporate IT if you are equipped with the programs and applications required to work-from-home. If you connect to your company’s internal systems or email through a VPN or other secure tunnel, make sure you’ve tested it and that it works from where you plan to work.
The quality of your internet connection is also a critical factor since it will be decisive to the experience o working-from-home as well as getting the work done. Also, make sure you get a comfortable chair and can regulate height to match the work table and get the proper ergonomics so you don’t get physical fatigue and can maintain a high level of productivity.
One of or the most important attributes of a remote employee is the ability to communicate quickly, effectively and reliably. Check with your team which applications are used for internal communications, chat and video calls. Make sure your boss and your colleagues know you are online working and available. Update your work progress diligently for you to feel the accomplishment and your team keeps up with the work being done.
As a new habit just remember to let your colleague’s know when you are away from your desk since they can’t see you all the time.
Participate in your team's meetings via an online platform and make goals and a list of things that need to be tackled each day. Try to have a consistent schedule and be strict about it. This will be a strong contribution to your work-life-balance.
Another hard challenge to all who work from home is to plan against distractions and get in your groove. By having clear goals and measurable tasks and objectives you can start to create boundaries if you are in your home. Remember to share these boundaries with family members, friends, and children that your work area is off limits and that you should only be interrupted if it is something really important.
Do set some time aside to spend with them so they don’t feel entitled to your working time.
Discipline yourself to avoid time traps such as social media. If you don’t succeed to do it on your own you can always use applications to help your endeavor.
One of the advantages of working-from-home is the opportunity to have an active life and not be deskbound, but if you don’t create the habit and create the habit you can fall into the inertia of never leaving your desk during the day and the house at night.
Since you will have less socialization and human contact it is important to create activities with friends, family or just go about the neighbourhood and interact with other humans.
When you are off work do an effort to separate work and rest. If you try to mix them you run the danger of never quite powering down or shutting off, and can lead to mental fatigue, burnout, and depression from feeling like you’re always on and available.