This article is part 4 of our 5-part Employee Engagement and Culture Checklist for 2021 Series. The last year has caused a great deal of disruption in our usual work environments, and especially our means of communication.
Reacting to the current situation, Nathan Di Lucca, a developer here at Kudos, offered up some tips to our team facing working from home. Based on a 7-month stint he had working remotely, we thought this was must-share content. Hope it helps!
If we are required to work from home for an extended period of time, it is important that we take care of ourselves and stay productive! From having a routine, to managing online meetings – here’s a list of tips that will help you avoid cabin fever when working remotely.
1. Keep a routine
Set your alarm to a specific time every day. Get up and get ready as if you are going into the office. Set a lunch time! Make sure to have lunch the same time you usually would. Having a schedule will help you to stay on track.
2. Get out of your pajamas
We know… They are so comfy! But you can still wear comfy clothes, just make sure they are different from what you slept in.
3. Don’t work in bed or on the couch
Don’t work somewhere you normally associate with relaxing, as that could trick your brain into not being as productive. If you don’t have an office or an available table, then even the dining table, or kitchen counter can work! When the day ends, close up your “home office” to separate work from the household.
4. Get out of the house (safely)
Normally this is where I suggest walking to a local coffee shop every day at the same time, but that is probably not advisable under current circumstances. The next best thing is to take a walk around the block to prevent feeling like you are trapped inside.
5. Communicate, communicate, communicate
With remote work, it is important to be in regular communication with your team. Use chat systems, email and video conferencing. There is no such thing as over-communicating, as it keeps you and your team engaged! See below for some tips for managing online meetings
6. Master the mute button
Background noise can be quite disturbing during larger conference call meetings. You never know what background noise is going through your mic, and sometimes applications such as Slack and Zoom will actually try to increase the volume of the background noises as it thinks it is just you speaking quietly. Make the mute button your best friend!
7. Assign a Meeting Lead
Everyone has dealt with people speaking over each other during in-person meetings, but it can be more difficult to manage during online meetings. You’ll find it useful to have one person lead the meeting by keeping an eye who is trying to speak and then passing the “talking stick.”
And we’d like to add…
There are ways to take advantage of working remotely that can bring you some real benefits, like the opportunity to really focus on your work and yourself.
And remember that self-care is really important if you ever feel isolated when working from home. Make sure to always check in with yourself and others who may be working remotely as well.
In addition to email, chat and video calls, Kudos® is also a great way to connect with your team. Kind words of peer-to-peer recognition go a long way in troubled times – boosting morale, increasing engagement and inspiring much-needed smiles! Want to learn more? Use the chatbot below to start the conversation!
We hope these tips can help you stay engaged, productive and less stressed (and maybe even happy!).