In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, many companies have shifted to new remote working practices. This means many individuals are dealing with an unusual challenge: working from home for the first time.
Even if you have worked from home in the past, working from home during the current climate may be filled with new experiences and you may feel that there is no end in sight.
Cushman Insurance has put together some tips and insights to help make this transition smoother, as well as maintaining a healthy mental well-being.
Stick To A Routine
Even though your commute is much shorter — for most, it may be from the bedroom to the office or to the kitchen table — but this doesn’t mean you should skip your weekday morning routine. It may sound silly to wake up at your normal time, shower, and get dressed in something other than pajamas, but this helps you mentally prepare for the day ahead.
It is also helpful to keep a set schedule. It is easy to lose track of time and if you can’t stick to a set work schedule, you may find yourself getting burnt out.
Create A Work Space
While it may be tempting to work from your sofa, it is important to dedicate a space for your work. If you don’t have a desk, use your dining room or kitchen table to set up a workstation. Besides making you feel as though you’re at an office, separating yourself from your home space will help you leave your work behind at the end of the day and will help avoid distractions.
Get Some Fresh Air
It’s important to remember that experts are advising to limit your contact with people who may be exposed to COVID-19, which means you may be spending more time indoors. Make sure to open your windows to let as much natural light and fresh air in as possible — and take short walks to break up your screen time. When you return home, remember to wash your hands!
If you’re working on a team, make sure to check in regularly as you would if you were in the office. Create a to-do list to keep yourself and colleagues organized and focused throughout the day.
Communication is key when working remotely. Be sure your company is taking advantage of the amazing technology available for instant chatting such as Slack and G-Chat and meeting virtually through video conferences such as Zoom and Skype.
Prepare For Disruptions
Many of us don’t live alone and are either with families or roommates. And, those with children at home can have an extra set of challenges from juggling their school work to planning at home activities. We have some tips for parents to help with this balance:
Get help (if you can) whether it’s from another family member who is willing to quarantine with you. If you co-parent, take turns watching the kids.
If your job allows it, try to work when your baby or toddler is asleep. It’s not ideal, but you’ll be more productive if you have quiet time to yourself.
Explain the situation to colleagues that you will have calls with. Most people understand that there is not as much child help as normal and understand if there are distractions.
Cushman Insurance has been working remotely for the past few weeks and we appreciate the patience that our clients have had. Everyone is navigating through these uncertain times and we are here to assure you that the Cushman Insurance Group and our carrier partners are prepared to support you. Call your local agent today.