When Working at Home Becomes Permanent
By Sandy Schroeder
Many companies have used working-from-home arrangements during the pandemic, and now find that they, or the workers, want to make them permanent. Sometimes workers discover how liberating working from home can be, or companies discover productivity is the same or better.
Wherever you are in our changing world, if you are working at home, you may want to streamline your operation.
Real Simple.com has some tips to make a good situation better.
Update your workspace - If you are working on a laptop that moves from the couch to the kitchen table, it's time to create a more comfortable setting with a desk, computer monitor and adjustable chair. You might want extras too like an adjustable work platform that lets you stand or sit. Check with your employer to see if there is equipment available or funds for the setup.
Set hours and ground rules - We have all learned to be flexible, but now's the time to set work hours and ground rules for the family. Reserve space for your office and treat it as a work area only. If you don't, you may find yourself working 24/7 and liking it a lot less as you bounce back and forth from work to home tasks. At the same time, you might set up other computer desk areas for your family.
Create work and play routines - Take breaks every morning and afternoon to walk, stretch or do a yoga routine. Keep evenings free for family dinners and discussions. On weekends, close up shop and enjoy picnics, barbecues and evening suppers on the patio. Bike to the park with your family or take a short trip. Making the time for leisure helps you avoid working too many hours and keeps you fresh to do your best work.
Stay informed and keep in touch - Be aware of all of your company's available communication options and use screen meetings to stay in touch with co-workers and business associates. Also make the time for company opportunities for in-person conferences or travel.
In a changing world, it's good to watch what's coming next as you adapt and make the most of your skills.
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