WFH (Working From Home) Tips

As we know, the COVID-19 outbreak is providing uncertainty and ongoing changes and challenges that we as a nation must adapt to.

While governments, businesses and leaders around the globe implement a range of measures and precautions like self-isolation and social distancing to manage the impacts and limit contagion, the future of work as we know it, will take a slight shift.

As a company, Androgogic have been remote working since inception almost fifteen years ago, and as such our team are fully prepared and equipped with sophisticated business systems that will enable us to support and serve our client-partners with the same level of reliability and quality as you have come to expect from us. 

From our experience, here’s a few tips we have put together our top tips to help you adapt to this new normal.

  1. 45 Minutes On, 15 Minutes Off
    Use a variant of the Pomerodo Technique when doing intensive solo work. When taking breaks do something different and physical at home – simple task like folding the washing or weeding the garden for 10-15 minutes. The short mental break will make you feel refreshed and bonus – less chores for the evenings/weekends.

  2. Take a walk and minimise screen time!
    If you have a meeting which doesn't require you to be looking at a screen or taking notes, try to avoid the temptation of multitasking. Instead, walk around the house as you take your call. Working from home, you will be tempted to snack more often and exercise less, so this is a chance to redress the balance.

  3. Watch out for online roaches
    Less is more! Creating a separate online document for everything you’re working on might sound like a great idea… but it soon becomes unwieldy. Look for a balance between priorities and things you can let float down the IM river and find back as you need them. Instead, create stand-alone cloud documents or a spreadsheet that allows you to store and track related work in multiple tabs. Give your document a broader name and let it be your digital folder!

  4. Allow room for flexibility!
    Remove artificial limitations and allow your employees to openly communicate their concerns and home/family commitments. For example, if one of your employees has an infant to look after, they may require flexible hours like 9am-1pm and then 8pm-midnight when the kids are in bed. Be open, understanding and a facilitator for flexibility. Your teams are your most important assets.

  5. Don’t forget the comfort of your team!
    Not everyone has home offices. Take the time to check-in and educate your teams about good practice in ergonomics. Create a self-checklist and have employees review and sign off on it, provide options for those who need a new chair or desk at home to purchase them (consider standing desks). It's a small amount of capital to invest in the long-term health of your people, whose bodies don't need additional physical stress by being asked to be improperly shaped at the times they are working (you want them healthy and disease-fighting fit).