Working from Home

Not everyone is used to working from their home – but with the present circumstances, many more of us will have to.

With no definite end in sight to the pandemic, this will be a very different working from home experience. It’s not just an afternoon here or there, but an ongoing way of life. In addition to what’s going on in the world, home-working can be an unsettling experience.

We’ve gathered some suggestions and resources on this page to help you navigate this experience, while also remaining healthy and effective.

This includes a recording our our recent webcast and notes on the key takeaways from this session. Please feel free to share with your colleagues and friends.

Key principles to bear in mind

If you’re looking for some top level suggestions on working from home for you and your team, consider these important factors:

  • Select a room or regular space to work from
  • Avoid using your bedroom if at all possible
  • Consider the ergonomic setup of your workspace
  • Agree some working principles with the people you live with
  • Minimise the distractions in your environment
  • Make sure you have the tools for the job
  • Consider how you can clear away work each evening
  • Get dressed for work!
  • Replicate your working routine as much as you can
  • Identify some ‘rituals’ for the start and end of your day
  • Be realistic about what you can achieve
  • Identify your key priorities for the day and list them
  • Keep an eye on the time
  • Consider what you can do with saved ‘commuting time’
  • Maintain contact with your team throughout the day
  • Agree some communication principles
  • Clarify appropriate use of comms channels
  • You may need to be more explicit in your messaging
  • Keep the social side going e.g. shared coffee breaks
  • Let others know when you’re logging on and off for the day
  • Be patient with those finding home-working difficult
  • Ask for help from your colleagues when you need it
  • Take regular breaks from your screen and move around
  • Ensure your workstation is set up with wellbeing in mind
  • Eat and drink what you normally consume
  • Remember what you’re in control of
  • Manage your consumption of social media and news
  • Get exercise, as appropriate
  • Acknowledge there may be disruptions to your plans
  • Be as flexible and understanding as possible
  • Identify how you’d like to look back on this disruption
  • Engage with your personal roles with intent

Resources

We’ll gather relevant resources for your wellbeing, productivity and effectiveness here. This includes blog posts, podcast episodes and and downloadable resources.

Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll update our blog with posts relevant to the Coronavirus Pandemic and its impact on the world of work. We’ll also point you to third-party content from reputable sources.

We’ll add relevant video resources here.

Our ‘Working from Home’ webcast

This webcast was first broadcast on 18th March 2020 and covers some principles to make the most out of working from home.

The video below is a recording from the live session. You can also find this video on YouTube – please feel free to share it with any colleagues or friends you think may be interested.

Get in touch with us today to find out more