In order to promote the virus from spreading during the COVID-19 outbreak, it has been advised to practice social distancing and limit interpersonal interaction. Many companies globally, including 50 top companies in Pakistan, have encouraged their employees to start working from home. However; one does wonder if human resource productivity will take a major beating during this phase.
While it is still too soon to evaluate the impact of Coronavirus on our work practices, a lot of companies are quite concerned about work being done and delivered on similar timelines.
Remote working isn’t new to Pakistan. A lot of young startups and dynamic organizations have inculcated remote working practices within their employees which have cemented the level of trust required to facilitate this arrangement. Softwares such as Skype for Business, Google Hangout, and Zoom are used liberally in order to conduct meetings, present forecasts, strategic plans and make important decisions.
When work from home has long term implications, owing to the virality of COVID-19, it will be interesting to note how productivity is appraised.
Here are the top 6 tips from us to help you increase your productivity during work from home:
Get an Early Kickstart
When you’re working from home, it’s extremely difficult to leave the bed and be prepared to work since you’re not exactly going to the office and checking in. Don’t lounge around, get yourself into a fresh pair of clothes (if need be) and pretend like you are going to work. Wake up on time and log in through your laptop.
Reserve a Space for Work
Have a designated space in your home dedicated to work. It can be the dining table, the study room desk or any secluded space within the living room where you can sit and work comfortably. Make sure there is ample daylight and fresh air to motivate you.
Divide & Conquer
Divide your day in such a way that you know exactly what you’re doing at what time. Plan your work accordingly, estimating how much time you need for a particular task and stay ahead of the game. Use tools like Google Calendar to keep track of progress.
Tools such as Slack and Skype for Business are increasingly used in workplaces to connect with fellow employees. Make sure you’re in touch with them, schedule meetings and evaluate how your contribution fits in with the larger business goals.
Communicate Expectations to People at Home
Working from home actually involves working. Make sure people at home are aware of the fact that you’re working and they need to respect your space. You cannot be expected to run errands that occupy longer stretches of time or “give the company” when you have deadlines to meet.
Take Clear Breaks
You need to know when to stop. Give your eyes a rest, your mind a break and set time for breaks in between. Make sure you don’t get carried away. Use this time to water the plants, do the laundry, talk to your spouse/family member and unwind.
The most important thing about working from home is having a sense of responsibility. As adults, we are expected to pull up our socks and be responsible for our actions. No amount of supervision can guarantee solid work unless an individual is himself prepared for what lies ahead.
The COVID-19 quarantine may last days or weeks and work from home is the only sustainable way to make money and pay the bills. Take that seriously and put your safety first.