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Working from home quickly become the new normal for many professionals as of the year 2020. Although many will have worked from home from time to time before the pandemic, for the vast majority, operating in this way for a sustained period was a new experience.
Whether it’s getting your set up correct or juggling childcare with work tasks, there’s a few challenges that can come with working from home.
Today, we want to talk about the best ways to maintain motivation when working from home with some tips from the Michael Page team. For some fresh perspectives and ideas, we have been speaking to recruitment consultants from across our business for their top tips on how they have been approaching working from home.
Here’s what they had to say:
It is important to ensure you are setting yourself up for success while working from home. Your approach to the working day will likely be very different than the days you're going into the office.
Create a workspace free from distractions.
Write a to-do list each night and set yourself targets for the following day.
Get up and start your day early – give yourself some headspace before you need to log in.
Many families or housemates have had to carefully navigate how to work from home at the same time, often in close proximity. This can be particularly tricky when important virtual meetings are taking place or key tasks need to be completed. Here’s what we have found can help:
Have a house schedule highlighting key calls and meetings to ensure distractions are kept to a minimum during those times.
Plan a combined lunchtime each day and ensure each other is keeping their full hour work free.
Keep on top of household chores, keep clutter to a minimum, and limit the amount of work equipment in shared spaces, where possible.
“We all separate into different rooms to do our work. This has helped massively with concentration and privacy when making phone calls. Despite usually working in a busy and loud open-plan office, I have found separating myself from the people I live with much easier in the day."
Lauren Messias, Michael Page
For those who have never worked from home before or for extended periods of time, it can be easy to fall into poor habits and feelings of loneliness may be overwhelming.
Get outside; get out into the garden or go for your daily walk, whilst staying within the social distancing rules.
Keep in constant contact with friends, colleagues, and family.
Spend time doing an activity away from a screen: read a book, play a board game, or get creative in the kitchen.
Create a workout schedule and stick to it.
Move around when taking calls instead of staying seated.
Go for a run/walk on your breaks or do some gardening.
"I make sure I keep up with my exercise routine and try to go for a walk around the block at lunchtime or sit out in the garden.”
Emma Gregson, Page Personnel
For many, this period of transition has been one of increased stress and higher workloads. When managing a crisis, it is common for professionals to throw themselves into work, putting in longer hours and failing to take a break. However, this is sure to lead to burnout.
The lines between your working hours and personal time are likely to have blurred in the move to remote working. If you are finding it difficult to disconnect from work at the end of the day, here are our top tips to help ensure you are completely switching off:
Turn off your work phone and shut down your computer.
Do not check work emails in the evening: create clear mental barriers between work and social time.
Make after-work plans, no matter how small: a Zoom call with friends, a daily run, time to watch your favourite TV series or read a book.
“After my end of the day meeting with the team. I put my desk away, switch off my phone, and ensure nothing from work is visible. That way my living room feels like a living room again and not an office.”
Eamonn Richardson, Page Personnel
If you would like to speak to one of our specialist consultants for information on how we can support you, your team, or your business, please get in touch with your local specialist consultant for a confidential discussion.
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