What follows are a few strategies to enhance your experience, productivity, and well-being while working from home:
- Set up a work station in your home that is for work only, if possible. Keep all of your work-related items (laptop, files, pens, etc.) in your ‘home office’.
- Manage your time as you would if you were in the office (as much as possible). Optimal performance is achieved when you work in 90 minute segments, then take a break.
- Move away from your work area – to another location – during break time. Maintain comforting rituals that help you relax and refresh, before returning for your next 90 minute segment.
- Continue with regular Check-Ins using the your organization’s performance mangement/team development process, to ensure that you continue to:
- Communicate. Communicate. Communicate. Engage regularly with your manager and with your team. If your situation is such that you cannot maintain regular working hours, or if you expect to be distracted by family or other obligations during certain times of the day, let your manager know. If your situation is untenable, consider taking vacation days so you can focus your attention where it needs to be.
- Use video platforms whenever you can. For your regular Check-ins using the TDP, for conversations throughout the day, and for team meetings. Use good meeting protocol for video exchanges: have an agenda, come prepared, make commitments, agree on actions to move forward, and take minutes.
- Schedule times for fun, non-work related conversations – just as you would ‘around the water cooler’ or in the lunch room back at the office.
- Share tips and strategies on working remotely. If you have discovered something that really works for you, share it with the team. If you are struggling with something, reach out and ask for strategies from others.
- Keep your wellness regime in place. Eat well, exercise, think positive thoughts, learn, get outside, connect, meditate, sleep….do all those things that you have always done that help you to feel well (while keeping a healthy social distance).
- Remember, successful performance systems are built on a foundation of appreciation. Be sure to let your department team, your manager, or any member of the organization (or it’s stakeholders), know what you appreciate. And, appreciate yourself for each new strategy you learn and use during this temporary challenging time in our world.
Deri Latimer is an expert in positive possibilities for people! A TEDx Speaker, Author, and Organizational consultant, Deri works with organizations who want to create happy and healthy workplaces for increased positivity, productivity and prosperity!