With limited travel, school closures and whole cities dropping into quarantine to contain the spread of coronavirus, it's not surprising that many companies have shifted to remote work. Limiting person-to-person interactions, by encouraging employees to work remotely, might help decrease the chances of catching the virus, but it comes with its own challenges and learning curves.
Remote working can be a difficult transition, especially for individuals who are used to an office atmosphere, and productivity can certainly see a dip as they navigate a new setup. However, it also means shorter commutes (or none at all!) and more flexibility. With the right tools in place and knowledge of best practices, telecommuting to work can be made easy and maybe even increase productivity.
Here's a roundup of remote working best practices, sure to help your team make the most of staying at home.
Working from home means less ability to collaborate in person, but in this article, Christoph Trappe explains how some tasks are easier to complete remotely.
"Many creative tasks – like writing, editing, multimedia, etc. – are much easier to do in a quiet place anyway, in my opinion." Look at the positives of working from home, like more work hours in your day, improved focus and maybe even more motivation.
This is a transition time for nearly everyone, meaning you likely aren't the only one on the team dealing with the struggle of being the only one in the "office". Other people on your team are likely having similar issues so it's important to keep in touch and work through these problems together.
Telecommuting has never been this big before, but coronavirus has millions working from home, some for the first time, meaning some basic tips go a long way. For example, if you're easily distracted, get ready for work every morning just like you would if you were still physically going into work. Or, if you're the kind of person to never take a break, consider a change of venue to keep you from getting claustrophobic.
Given that coronavirus started its spread across Asia in January, many workers in the area have already been working remotely for over six weeks. Bloomberg took the chance to ask their colleagues in Asia for any tips or advice they may have as the US and Europe shift toward their own work from home solutions.
Working in the office versus working from home have completely different distractions and how you should deal with them. The most shocking statistic? "Once you're distracted, it typically takes 23 minutes and 15 second to get back to work."
At least 69,000 schools across the US have closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, meaning plenty of parents are having to balance work and home life more than normal. Coworkers can sometimes be a distraction, but working alongside kids can require a whole new learning curve.
With many of us working from home, and many kids now schooling from home as well, our Wi-Fi is being pushed to its limit. However, there are plenty of tips you can use to ensure you're getting the most out of your bandwidth.
Although the shift to remote working was unplanned for many businesses, instead of looking at it as a nuisance, consider the benefits of telecommuting:
- Increased productivity
- Increased flexibility
- Additional work hours (if needed)
- Reduced office requirements
- Improved employee retention
- Maximizing time
- Improved trust among employees
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