In line with the Government’s advice regarding the Coronavirus outbreak, Generator Power, and many other organisations, are implementing remote working measures to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of staff.
Based on our experiences and processes, we’ve put together a list of 4 top tips for effective remote working to help you ensure it’s business as usual during this period of uncertainty.
#1 – Choose a dedicated workspace
Although it’s tempting to ditch an office desk for your comfy bed, it’s important to choose a workspace that allows you to focus on the tasks at hand. With a home office, you can create an environment that allows you to thrive whilst working remotely. Where possible, avoid spaces that are typically associated with leisure time – such as your bedroom or lounge area – and instead dedicate a specific room or surface in your home to work.
#2 – Create a routine
Developing a routine can help to increase your productivity when working from home. To create an effective routine, assign specific periods to complete daily tasks such as checking emails or taking a lunch break. Not only does this provide a structure to your day, but it also allows you to create and implement a schedule that works best for you and the team.
#3 – Communication is key
One of the downsides of working from home is that you’re no longer a couple of desks away from your colleagues or manager. Regular communication is key to overcoming the challenges of remote working. Therefore, it’s vital to check in with your coworkers on a daily basis to discuss progress, upcoming projects and tasks.
Another drawback of remote working is a lack of ‘water cooler’ interaction. We all enjoy those moments in the office where you’re able to engage in casual conversation and learn interesting facts about each other. Regular video conferences dedicated to ‘office chit-chat’ can help to maintain an enjoyable working environment.
#4 – Enjoy the benefits of remote working
Remote working gives us more flexibility than ever before, as your daily routine doesn’t have to mirror working in the office. Whether it’s reading a chapter of your favourite book, completing a home workout or walking the dog, remote working allows you to incorporate your hobbies in a regular working day.
As well as reducing the feeling of isolation, the welcome distraction of recreational activities can help to recharge your batteries, and ultimately lead to an increase in productivity.
Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, the Government has advised individuals to work from home where possible. As a result, national utility providers are under severe pressure to handle the increasing demands for power. Get in touch with our team to discuss how we can help you with contingency planning during these challenging times.