The key to a successful remote work team
Is it possible to retain the high level of productivity (we hope) you had while working in the office? We say “yes” and if you have already sanitized your hands, scroll down to find out how.
What a time to be (still) alive! The deadly corona-virus is sweeping through the planet, stock markets are going sideways, and countries are closing their borders - those post-apocalyptic movies don’t seem so funny now, huh?
For most people, however, this COVID-19 outbreak resulted mostly in mild inconveniences - restricted traveling, event cancellations, and switching to working from home.
Despite sounding quite mundane, the latter is actually not that easy - most people do not have the experience of working from home for periods longer than a few days.
As no one knows how long exactly this quarantine is going to last, we ought to be prepared to stay home for at least a couple of weeks. To do that, we need to:
Ease the transition from one environment to another and make it smooth
Set up our working place at home and remove any distractions
Stay calm and keep doing our job
Facing the Challenges of Working From Home
Most people will have to face the following challenges when working from home instead of the office:
Naturally, some of these overlap and need to be addressed with not one, but several strategies.
Why Are You Making It Seem So Complicated?
Of course, some of you might say “What’s all the fuss about? Working from home ain’t no rocket science - get your laptop or whatever hardware you need, connect to the Internet, and start doing the same stuff you’ve done a million times before in the office.
Stop making a big deal out of it.”
And you will be probably right. Kind of.
The main challenge here is not in the hardware but in the software - that software being your brain. Switching from the busy, uptight atmosphere of the office to the comfortable, relaxing atmosphere of your home is difficult by default.
Addressing the Challenges of Working From Home
These simple tips will help you not to notice the switch and continue to work with the same efficiency from home or any other place that’s not office.
- Johanika Pretorius