With no clear end in sight to the COVID-19 crisis, many businesses are implementing work-from-home policies to ensure business continuity and safety. Both companies and their staff now find themselves forced to adjust their work processes on the run. This is new territory for many people who have not worked from home for long periods of time before.
However, as a graphic designer, I have regularly found myself working from home as a freelancer, and I quite enjoy it. People in creative fields often work remotely. All you need is your computer, your programs, collaboration tools, and periods of time with no distractions to get on with projects. Working from home is perfect for this.
As such I have picked up a few tips and tricks to ease into the sudden upheaval that many are experiencing as they are forced to turn their home sanctuary into their professional office. I appreciate that working from home is not for everyone and every company, but hopefully, people will see the positives that can come from it.
The first thing to note is you don’t have to be a perfectly disciplined person to work successfully and productively from home. At the best of times, I still don’t know how to adult correctly. But I can work from home effectively and produce work I am proud of. You simply need to keep a few things in mind and build healthy habits.
In times like this it is more important than ever to put in effort to stay connected.
Working from home, when done right, can increase productivity and decrease stress. Companies that encourage and support a work-from-home protocol can actually save money in the long run and have happier, healthier employees.
Build a culture of trust, support, and connection within your organisation. When people are empowered to take responsibility for their productivity, they usually do.
Focusing on the positives is important. Working from home can help you create a better work/life balance allowing you to spend less time commuting and more time with family. You can be more productive with fewer distractions and become a healthier person. There are many benefits.
So hopefully one positive to this crisis is that it could lead the charge for many organisations to continue with flexible working arrangements. Not all the time, but at least when needed as they will now have the infrastructure and experience to do so.