Getting the Job done while working from Home

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by Obibine Rosemary
23 April 2020

Digitisation has been one of the most looked down on; all because of a fear of change. With the pandemic thrust on us, all this obstacle that we have envisioned in our thoughts or mind set has drastically gone to be a thing of the past.

Remote work has been on the rise for years in many companies. Some offer remote work as a benefit to employees for better work-life balance

And today, millions of people around the world have recently started working from home because of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. But because of how I have seen top company’s HRs/Managers argue about introducing digitisation in work place, I would simply say I understand the challenges most companies who are not digitised might be going through during this pandemic and imposed lockdown. Am also aware that most companies at the onset of this pandemic had easily activated a lockdown and initiated measures of how they would remotely work even before the government rules kicked off, other companies could not.

Some companies do not advocate for Working from home as they believe people cannot work without supervision. Instead, they adopted a controlling and micro-management culture.

However, which is a more productive environment for employees? The home office or the office office? Well, it looks like we have the opportunity to find out, Afterall, the situation may extend for months or even longer. Nonetheless, it is a great opportunity for a lifestyle change. There will be no rushing to leave home and skipping breakfast so that you won't get to work at 10am or pass resumption time.

Working from home is awesome. To some, it may seem like newfound freedom, but along with it comes responsibility as well. To help with the transition into this new way of working, here are some useful tips:

Daily Routine

Disciplined: It is important to cultivate strict routines or working hours, but also be kind to yourself. Wake up at your usual time and go through your usual routine. For me, I use the time I wake up early to do morning walkout

Dress properly: Do not wear pyjamas. The way you dress can influence your mood and attitude, so dress in proper work attire or something presentable

Communication: Have a daily stand-up meeting with your team. This can be done remotely. Just maintain the essence of keeping it short, and keeping team members accountable to one another in their respective tasks.

Use emoji: Text messages/WhatsApp may often time confuse the other person because they usually look more formal and serious on their own. To keep messages positive, sometimes I like to lighten the mood by adding a smiley face. There's a world of difference between saying

DONE
and
done 😀

Time management

Keep a daily checklist. Whether you work in the office or from home, it is essential to set a schedule for the day and keep track of daily tasks.

Use online tools. There's a lot of software to improve productivity for both the employees and HR’s/Managers

  • Video conference: Skype, Zoom
  • Tasks and project management: Officelime HR Solutions https://officelime.com/
  • Team communication: WhatsApp, and Slack

Workspace Logistics

Prepare a conducive workspace. Apart from having a high-speed internet connection and a reliable router, get a comfortable chair and reserve a quiet space to be able to do focused work

I would say digitisation has been one of the most looked down on; all because of a fear of change. With the pandemic thrust on us, all this obstacle that we have envisioned in our thoughts or mind set has drastically gone to be a thing of the past. Covid19 has brought back our fear of digitisation; Digitisation is no longer in the future, it’s here, its where we are today, embrace it.


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