The latest episode of My Pocket Psych is out and having previously discussed the various ways we can take advantage of flexible working arrangements, this time we take a look at homeworking.
Whether you work from home very occasionally, or it’s a regular fixture of you working arrangements, it’s worth thinking how you can make the best of this flexibility and avoid the many pitfalls associated with it. We discuss the very real possibility of getting distracted, of unintentionally working longer hours, of getting disconnected from news and information in the office and of potentially damaging relationships at home.
The bottom line is this: when you’re working from home, you’re working. So ensure you can replicate a suitable work environment as much as possible. This includes getting dressed for work and avoiding the couch! Signal clearly to the other people in your personal life that you’ll be working, and that being ‘at home’ doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be available for chores, chats or childcare.
When working from home more regularly, keep an eye on your working hours, set a routine for starting and finishing the day and don’t forget to keep in touch with your colleagues – there’s usually no shortage of technology to enable this.
Working from home can also mean you’ll miss the various cues of other colleagues in your environment – when they arrive and leave, when they take breaks and so on. So don’t forget to take breaks from your computer, don’t skip meals and be realistic about how much time you have in your working day.
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