Tips for Working from Home
The outbreak of the Coronavirus has Santanna Employee Owners working from home, for the first time ever. If you’re new to working remotely, here are a few tips to help you stay productive and maintain balance. Everyone who works remotely has to figure out where to work, and how to create boundaries between work and personal life.
- Maintain Regular Hours
Set a schedule and stick to it…most of the time. Unless defined differently by your business role or your supervisor, normal business hours apply.
- Create a Morning Routine
Deciding you’ll sit down at your desk and start work at a certain time is one thing. Creating a routine that guides you into the chair is another. Stick to your normal morning routine, that you’ve used for years, for your normal morning commute into the office.
- Set Ground Rules With the People in Your Space
Set ground rules with other people in your home or who share your space for when you work. If you have children who are home from school while you’re working, they need clear rules about what they can and cannot do during that time.
- Schedule Breaks
Know your companies policy on break times and take them. Everyone deserves a break, especially when coped up at home.
- Don’t Hesitate to Ask for What You Need
If technology and remote tools are essential for your productivity, make sure that you alert your supervisor or an IT helpdesk at your company, if your technology is not working correctly.
- Keep a Dedicated Office Space
In an ideal world, employees working remotely, would have a dedicated office, or workspace. But not everyone has space for separate office in their home. Instead, a dedicated table or desk and chair in a separate room away from the TV and other distractions are a good alternative.
- Use a VPN
If available, use your companies VPN or RDC (remote desktop connection) when accessing sensitive data, or as required for your role.
- “Show Up” to Meetings and Be Heard
Certainly, you’ll take part in chat groups and conference calls. Be sure to speak up during these meetings so everyone knows you’re on the call.
Working remotely requires you to overcommunicate. Tell everyone who needs to know, about your schedule and availability often. When you finish a project or important task, say so. Overcommunicating doesn’t necessarily mean you have to write a five-paragraph essay to explain your every move, but it does mean repeating yourself.
- End Your Day with a Routine
Just as you should start your day with a routine, create a habit that signals the close of the workday. It might be a sign off on your group chat or sending a note to your supervisor that you are gone for the day. Whatever you choose, do it consistently to mark the end of working hours.
These are just a few tips that the Employee Owners at Santanna Energy Services have found to be helpful!
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