Over the last couple of months, all sectors of the industry have asked their employees to work from home (WFH). COVID-19 has forced us all to stay home. The lockdown and social distancing might seem unsuitable but these are the only ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Can Deadlines and Clients Wait?
Since we are all accustomed to working in an office, getting used to WFH can be a little challenging, but deadlines and clients can’t wait. That is why you have to get adapted to this new environment ASAP.
Here are a few ideas that we are executing and making WFH more manageable, enhancing our productivity, and completing the work timely.
Established Daily Routines:
If you are living with flatmates, parents or you are a spouse then you are too responsible for delegating all tasks such as cooking, helping parents with their household works, and take care of the kid with homework and keep him/her entertained.
With all these responsibilities How you will start your work on time without distractions and uninterrupted?
- Do your essential work either in the morning before you start work or later in the evening.
- Make a list of things that need to be done so that you do not have to go out and stand up from the place repeatedly.
Communication Tools Help Us:
Communication problems may arise due to WFH, instructions may not be delivered on time and teamwork can slow down.
You can follow our tendency to solve communication problems:
We use Slack, Skype, or Google Hangouts to communicate or video call as a group. Similarly, Asana and Trello helping us to keep a record of our team’s projects, progress, to-do lists, and evaluate a plan of action.
Take Small Breaks For Refreshment:
For the refreshment, we schedule an alarm after 2-3 hours to remind us to take a break for 5 minutes.
Follow Up Call At The End of Day:
Once a day, we do a video chat and call with the whole team regarding non-work topics where we enquire about their health and safety in these times of crisis.
Benefits of Work from Home
- Employees are protected from getting infected.
- Can practice social distancing with ease, and are comfortable while working.
- It is also preferred as the virus can reappear in patients who made a full recovery.
- No more wasting time on useless meetings.
- Employees will work longer on a day-to-day basis.
WFH may seem difficult at the beginning, you will soon get the hang of it. But above all else, stay home, avoid non-essential travel and stay safe.