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Tips for working from home…

You will have seen the recent article on our website and social media regarding Vislink Technologies response to COVID-19.

Several internal directives to our employees have resulted in limiting business travel and implementing a ‘work from home’ policy (where practical). Although working from home can be lonely without the social interactions of work colleagues, it can also be very rewarding if productivity and business relationships are maintained.

How can we ensure this happens?  We have provided some tips below to support our staff, customers and other business partners that are finding themselves in these unprecedented times.

Here are some tips based for remote workers:

Maintain a routine

Decide when you will sit at your desk and start working.  What, in your morning routine describes the start of work?  Some people may make a cup of coffee; others may start after arriving home after dropping the children to school, it could be after a shower or morning exercise.   Whatever your morning routine is; it will end with you starting work.

Maintain Regular Hours

Set a schedule! Having clear guidelines for when to start and finish work supports remote workers to maintain a healthy work-life balance. We know that working remotely sometimes means extending your day or starting early to accommodate someone else’s time zone. Be mindful however to adjust your working to account for this.  Installing an automatic time-tracking app, such as Replicon or Zoho People lets you check whether you’re sticking to your schedule.

Take a break!

What is your company’s policy on break times and when to take them? Give yourself adequate time during the working day to step away from the computer screen and phone. Failure to take a break from work will leave you feeling stressed, burnt-out and exhausted, which may result in you being a less productive and a less enthusiastic employee. A lunch hour and two 15-minute breaks seem to be the standard for full-time UK/UK employees.

Set boundaries

Set boundaries with other people in your home or who share your work-space. If you have children who come home from school while you’re still working, they need clear rules about what they can and cannot do during that time.  Think of the time you spend working from home as ‘unavailable’ to others. Just because you are working from home, does not mean you are free to run errands for others whilst they are in place of work.

Have a dedicated office space

Not everyone has a separate office in their home and keeping two machines isn’t always ideal. However, try to dedicate a desk area only for work use. Basically, when your laptop is hooked up to a monitor and external keyboard, it’s work time. When it’s on your lap, that’s personal time.

Ensure you have the correct equipment.

If your employer supports your work-from-home setup, ensure you have the correct equipment you need to fulfil your role  It’s extremely important to set precedents and not unacceptable to expect the same equipment at home that you would otherwise have if you were office based.

Socialize with colleagues

Loneliness and isolation are common problems in remote work life, especially for extroverts. It’s important to identify how much interaction you need to feel connected and included.  If you’re an introvert and don’t like socializing, try a few interactive experiences so that you’re familiar, if you ever decide you want them. Also, setting up Microsoft Teams or Whats App groups with your closest colleagues are excellent tools to utilize

Attend meetings and be heard.

Of course, you’ll attend conference calls, but it’s a good idea to attend optional meetings sometimes, too. Be sure to speak up during the meeting so everyone knows you’re on the call. A simple, “Thanks everyone. Bye!” at the close of a meeting will go a long way towards making your presence known.

Over-communicate

Working remotely requires you to over-communicate. Take time to speak to people, often.  Let them know what you are working on and how you are getting on with specific projects.

Keep hydrated!

Our brains are about 70% water (while our bodies are generally about 50–75%) so It’s not that surprising that our water intake has such a big effect on our performance.  According to research, 2% dehydration can influence one’s mood, lead to fatigue and considerably reduce alertness.  If hydration levels drop and are sustained, then dehydration can also lead to short-term memory and the inability to process visual information properly.

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