Currently, millions of people are trying to work from home (WFH). While remote work may become the new (temporary) normal, it’s important to be prepared to support your company at full capacity whether you’re accustomed to the process or not. The good news is that most workplaces are establishing guidelines to help with the adjustment.
Here’s some tips for working remotely and making sure you remain as productive as possible:
Get Your Technology in Order
Technology is what enables remote work in the first place. While you’re packing your laptop and charger, remember to bring home anything else that might make working from home easier, such as: mouse, keyboard, etc.
Make sure all of your software is up to date. As a remote worker, you’ll be spending a lot of time on platforms to streamline communication with your co-workers like Microsoft Teams, Slack, GoToMeeting or Zoom.
Lastly, make sure your technology actually works from your home. Do you have a strong WiFi signal? Do you need a security key to log in? Are applications accessible from your home WiFi? Make a checklist of all questions and concerns and ask your supervisor, IT department or MSP.
Understand Your WFH Strengths and Weaknesses
Adapting a WFH lifestyle is challenging. It can be distracting when you’re disrupting your morning routine. Experts found that getting ready for work, like you would be heading to the office, puts you in a professional mindset.
Try to maintain normal work hours and shut things down when you would normally leave the office. Take the time to enjoy a walk around the neighborhood on your lunch break, work out, cook lunch or just take a breather. It’s important to still take time for yourself and have a healthy work/life balance.
There’s also benefits that come with working remote. You’re not planning time for your morning commute to the office, or that coffee you just have to stop and purchase. You’re able to cook your own lunch instead of pack a lunch or purchase take out each day. You’re also in control of your schedule and enjoy more time with your family. The positives are there – you just have to find them!
Use Your Webcam
Conference calls are frustrating. There are time delays, interruptions and you can never be too sure who’s talking. These issues and more can be solved through the use of webcam meetings. Working from home can feel isolating and for those who aren’t used to it, it can cause a lot of confusion. By encouraging and enforcing webcam usage, there’s still strong team collaboration and communication that is clear and productive.
Embracing a WFH lifestyle can feel isolating with the decrease casual and social conversations of the office. By using your communication platforms such as Microsoft Teams and GoToMeeting can fill the gap. Across the globe co-workers are scheduling online social time to have conversations without a scheduled agenda. Try an icebreaker over your team chat, such as: “What’s everyone binge-watching right now?”
Create Your Space
It’s important to have a designated space for a home office. The space you work from should have minimal distractions and keep an organized and tidy space, as if it were your traditional work desk. Pro Tip: use headphones to better focus on tasks and minimize excessive noise.
ECMSI has spared no resource to aid in the access of remote workers for its partners by working diligently to ensure easy, same-day secure remote access. For our partners who rely on ECMSI as their trusted phone vendor, we’ve provided a one-stop smooth transition. By providing solutions that support users to connect from their home computer, ECMSI has significantly reduced downtime and offered the superior productivity and support our partners have come to expect. From global pandemics to the increasing risk of hackers, it’s critical to have an IT support plan in place. ECMSI is here to help – learn what it means to partner with us by calling (330) 750-1428 or visiting www.ecmsi.com