There are many good reasons to work from home, and more and more business owners are realizing the benefits and deciding to allow their staff at least the choice of this kind of flexible working style. Sometimes businesses go fully remote, which will save them even more money.
However, although there are many positives about working from home for both employer and employee, it isn’t always easy. If you’ve been used to going out to work at the same time every day, interacting with colleagues, and then coming home again, being at home all the time can be a challenge. With that in mind, here are some ways to make working from home easier.
Have Good Communication
One of the biggest issues people have when it comes to working from home is communication, or rather, a lack of it. They are so used to being able to chat with co-workers or go to their boss whenever they need advice that being alone at home can be hard, and it could even mean that productivity is reduced.
Having good communication systems in place can make a huge difference, and it will make workers feel much more connected and therefore, more productive. You might have daily, or weekly video call meetings, for example. Or perhaps you could use collaboration software that allows people to interact online, whether during working time or breaks. Boomerang’s SMS broadcasting service is another great idea; you can use it to send out one and two-way text messages to keep everyone in the loop.
Have A Home Office
If you work from home, you’re going to need your own home office to work in. This might seem obvious, but if you don’t have a room – or part of a room – totally dedicated as a work station, you may find you are uncomfortable at the very least. Worse, if you share your home with others, whether that’s housemates who come and go, children, or other people who work from home, you’ll be constantly disturbed if you do your work in the living room, kitchen, or other shared space. Perhaps you work in your bedroom, but that’s not great either; that’s where you’re meant to relax and unwind – how can you do that if your work things are sitting there watching you?
The best thing to do is to create a home office that’s separate to everything else. This could be in a spare bedroom or a dining room that’s never used. Perhaps you could build a shed to work in, or convert a basement. At the very least, if you’re using a public space, try to screen it off and ensure people know not to disturb you.
No matter what, people who work from home have to be organized and they need to have a schedule they can stick to. It’s easy to get distracted when you’re at home with all your familiar things around you, and whether you decide to do the housework, cook dinner in advance, or perhaps watch some TV or play some video games, these are things that should only be done after work.
Try to schedule your time like you would if you left the house to go to an office. If you were outside the home, you wouldn’t be able to do anything except your work and everything else would have to wait, so this is a good place to start.