You’re Working From Home… Now What?
With the threats of the COVID-19 virus going around, many companies are having their employees explore a “work from home” option to make sure that they are still able to work and, well let’s be honest, to make sure there will be a company to go back to when the scare is over.
But with all of the #wfh movements becoming even more popular, many folks are finding it hard to not only get their home offices setup during a scary time but also make sure they are productive and get their daily tasks completed with all the interruptions that aren’t found in their offices.
Here are some quick tips to help all of the folks, like myself, that are having to quickly adapt to working from home – and also adjust to not seeing their favorite coworkers everyday in the breakroom.
1) Keep Your Same Daily Routine! Don’t turn off your morning alarm to get up for work every morning. Even if your commute is more of a walk through the house rather than getting in the car, you still need to wake up at the same time. Hit the snooze button a couple times, grab your coffee, hop in the shower and get ready just like you would if you are heading into the office for an important meeting with your boss or a new client.
2) Stay In Touch With Your Coworkers! Whether it is through an interoffice messaging and video conferencing service like Microsoft Teams, reach out and communicate often. Your coworkers and employees want to hear from you outside of the work tasks they need to complete so let them see your face and have a human connection with you multiple times throughout the day.
3) Too Much Background Noise? Embrace It! We all are having to learn to work in situations where your pets and kids are excited to have you home, but they don’t quite understand that you are working even if you don’t have to go to the office everyday. Trust me when I say that people on the other end of the phone call or web conference that you are having to work under new conditions you are not used to so don’t let a nosey cat or rambunctious toddler keep you from doing your job. Embrace the mania and soon you will learn to enjoy the sound of some life and happiness in your house.
4) Worried About Productivity From Your Employees? Create Tasks and Deadlines for Your Teams! Just because you are working in your dining room or even on your living room floor, that doesn’t mean that you still don’t have daily items you need to complete. Reach out to your employees and check in, but still remind them that there is work to complete because we all have customers that need our support right now. And try to focus on the results, not just hours worked. The more open and understanding you are to your teams surroundings, the more receptive they will be if their workload suddenly increases to make sure that office tasks are handled.
5) Make It Easy For Your Employees To Work From Home! It may sound easy to have your team “remote in” to work, but not everyone has an easily solution and VPN connections to your companies servers are not always the best solutions. Explore remote solutions that help your employees log in effortlessly, but also keep your network secure from any cybercriminals that may be counting on people being distracted and not worrying about the links they are clicking on.
Okay… Now let’s be honest, if your remote solution is not secure then you may be opening the door to a potential hack – and not that there is ever a good time, but right now would make things even worse! If you are not 100% sure that your network is safe with your team remoting in, let me know and I can help you find remote solutions like our Mobile Office cloud offering built for a “work from home” environment that we are all working in.
6) Offer Your Employees The Tools Needed! It may surprise folks to hear that not everyone has a laptop at home they can work from. If your employees don’t have a way to dial in, let them checkout a laptop or a VOIP phone so they have the tools they need. Nothing is worse than being home trying to work adn all you have is a smartphone… this will drastically affect morale and productivity before you even try to log in!
7) Don’t Forget To Try and Have Fun! C’mon, even Bill Lumbergh would try and at least make things a bit funner when everyone had a case of the Mondays! With all the panic that is surrounding our neighborhoods, find a way to keep the humanity (and office comradery) going. Microsoft Teams has a fun tool where you can not only share screens but also send GIF’s to your coworkers… sometimes a little funny image is all that someone will need to keep their chin up and moving forward!
And most important of all – don’t be afraid to ask for help or being a helping hand to someone in need!
At the end of the day, we are all in this together and need to continue working as a team so we can be even more successful the day we go back into our offices then the day we packed up to remote in.
If you or your team need assistance with setting up a more secure remote solution for your company, or need more tips to help your employees in these trying times, we are always here to help. Just let us know!
Stay Safe, Be Well and Take Care of Eachother!
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