We are all in the midst of a workplace revolution where more and more employees and businesses are finding it beneficial to have their teams operate remotely.
Although the benefits of working at home are clear for workers, such as avoiding the daily commute, the advantages it has for employers aren’t that obvious.
So how can businesses benefit from this flexible approach by letting employees work from home? Here are a few of the most compelling reasons why companies today are adopting this flexible work practice
No, the apocalypse is not here. But this pandemic isn’t anything to laugh at either. People are losing jobs easily, quickly, and profusely. If you are one of the lucky people who still kept their job, well, you are probably working remotely. Furthermore, if you are a business owner, you might have sent all of your people onto remote work. Of course, doing this correctly isn’t easy.
Our tips below can instruct you on how best to work remotely during this lockdown, and how to make the most out of your time (or your employees’ time) during this pandemic.
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We also wrote some really helpful articles around this topic, see them below.
Act like you are still going to the office
The last thing you need to do is lose your work rhythm. While most people might actually look forward to working form home, remember that you still need to keep your focus. Whether you are working on your lead magnet, social media, or doing rudimentary data entry, you need to keep your head in the game.
We suggest you dress up like you would if you were going to the office. Put on your tie, or wear your work clothes, put on some makeup, whatever it is, you should try to get it set up. Also, try to keep your work hours as close to your office hours as you could.
Make a to-do list
You need to structure your day if you want to make the most out of this time. Manage your productivity and your time, and you will minimize the potential of any distractions coming your way. We suggest you write down your goals at the end of every day and have a clear schedule for the following day.
Turn it into segments, set out clear timeframes for specific activities, all governed by your goals and clear tasks. If you don’t do this, you might end up losing hours on procrastination or handling distractions.
Distractions are going to be an issue since you will be working from home. The challenge will be much bigger and higher if you have kids. The kids watching TV, the stress of isolation getting to them, or even something more positive like fun and laughter – both are horrible for your productivity. And of course, the temptations of video games, Netflix, hanging out with your family and your partner, or merely procrastinating by cleaning your house for the millionth time.
Poor connectivity can also be a problem. Skype calls, conference calls, meetings, and sessions all still need to be held. You can try and organize it alone, or you can contact a good company like Redback Connect, and have the specialists handle this for you. You can also (with their help or not) organize seminars and conferences for your employees.
We advise you to become very strict with your time and to use one room in your home as your office. This room is barred for entry by anyone in your vicinity.
Employees that don’t have to spend time doing the unpleasant and stressful daily commute can have a boost to their productivity and reduction to absenteeism.
The time workers need to get to work and drive back home is time that neither you nor they will be getting back. But when employees work from home, they arrive at their desk fresh and ready to become productive.
When they work at home, employees can reduce their travel expenses and instead spend their money on the things they love. This results in a happier, healthier, and motivated workforce for any company.
Improved Employee Retention
Smaller companies are not able to compete with the bigger organisations in terms of salary and benefits, so making the most of the advantages is crucial.
Although meetings and traditional workplace practices may keep employees tied to their desks for bigger companies, the flexibility that smaller businesses have can give workers the freedom they are looking for.
Working at home can give parents more versatility and time to take care of their families. Others can benefit from having better work to life balance. These two factors play a vital part in retaining employees.
Reduced Operational Expenses
Spending money on office space can be costly. Renting may be one of the areas a business could do without, if possible, to save on cost.
Although we don’t suggest doing away with an office altogether, you might stand to benefit if some of your employees work from home even at least twice a week. Doing so will lower the amount of office space you need while also reducing overall operational expenses.
More Autonomous Employees
With the option to work from home, workers will be given a chance to operate in a manner that suits them the most. In an office, employees need to adapt to the same approach, while at home, they have more control of their environment.
Of course, rules are still a necessity, but by allowing them to be freer, teams will have more freedom to develop an environment where they can work to the best of their abilities.
Reduced Salaries May Be Possible
We’re not recommending you to give your employees a pay cut, but research has shown that a significant percentage of employees would decide to work from home over a pay rise.
What this means is that instead of seeking a higher salary, some workers enjoy the flexibility that working from home offers. Not only does this help reduce wage expenses, but it also enhances your cash flow, so you have more money to focus on more important matters.
Use this time to hone your skills
You will definitely have more time now that a pandemic is raging. Maybe your hours have been cut, or you simply don’t have to commute, you get a couple of extra hours every day. While you can relax and chill during this time, we suggest you invest 30 minutes every day to better hone your skills and become a better employee.
For example, you can spend this time learning how to understand your customers, or perhaps learning another language. Maybe work on your speaking skills, or get an online course on excel and google drive.
Get into an entrepreneurial mindset
Think about how you add value to your team, your company, your organization, and your people. So – what can you do to define the problems and challenges that might be faced by the business. See how you can stand out, how you can handle this tragedy better than your completion, and how you can make your name in the company and in your industry.
Don’t lose contact
Try to communicate with as many people as possible. Stay in touch, use skype, WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook, Slack, whatever app and platform your business, your co-workers, and your friends use. Sure, it might not be that noticeable at the beginning, but you want to remain in contact with other people.
This means regularly communicating with other people, maintaining your relationships, networking, doing the best you can to stay in contact.
Get some exercise
Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. It’s also important to strengthen your immune system in these times. And of course, blowing off steam once you go stir crazy from developing cabin fever means a lot. So, things like working out in your home, getting on your stationary bike, or doing some Pilates or body weight work is more than enough.
Yoga, jump rope, all of this is great for a strong workout. As long as you are sweating and getting the most out of your time, that’s all that matters.
Companies don’t have to shut up shop so that their staff can work remotely when deciding to offer work from home opportunities. It is possible to set up a schedule that will balance working at the office and at home.
Embracing a flexible workplace approach by allowing employees to work from home allows companies to split time between home and workplace to be as productive as possible. Doing so not only results in benefits for workers, but it also is beneficial for employers.
And there you have its folks, a couple of tips on how to make the most out of your remote work during the lockdown. Remember to focus on your job, on keeping the place as a good office, and stick to a to-do list. Behave like an entrepreneur, try to stay in contact with people, and learn how to deal with distractions.
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