We’re In This Together
Now that most of you have some time at home, learning the swing of things with this “Remote Working” – how is it going? With Coronavirus continually spreading throughout the United States and throughout the world, we are seeing more businesses forced to work from home. Are you one of these many businesses pivoting the way you and your teams work? You would be among the millions of Americans who have never worked from home and could be unsure of the “do’s” and “don’ts.”
E/Power Marketing, on the other hand, is a work-at-home digital marketing agency. As our team has been working remotely since 2015 we would love to share some tips for those stepping into this unchartered water of the “Work From Home” workforce. The change from office to home is certainly disruptive. You need to take a variety of steps to assure you remain focused and productive. We hope these tips will help you and your teams remain productive during these crazy times until you can return to your regular workspace.
Here are a few things that we have learned over the years…
- The first thing is to set up a dedicated space where you can be left alone. Is there a desk in your bedroom, or down in the basement? A rarely used room? Maybe take over the Man Cave. As long as you have internet access, you can be a productive remote worker.
- Stick to a routine at home like you are going to work. Have your coffee and breakfast. Be happy there is no commute. Organize your day like you are in the office.
- You will find it hard to stick to your routine. You are home. There are a million things you can do there. Instead, you must double down on your discipline. Stick to your job. Stay on top of due dates so you have the time and headspace to get your jobs done on time.
- Many enjoy the freedom to work in pajamas and slippers. Take advantage of it. Others find dressing so casually impairs their ability to be serious. If you are one, go ahead and dress as you would for work.
- An important factor is to tell your family that you are at home to do your work. Make it clear to them that you are not available to walk the dog or run an errand. You are not there to socialize or make them lunch. You will have a hard enough time yourself not to be distracted. Don’t allow them to add any distractions. They need to leave you alone just like you were not there, but at your job, which you are.
Enjoy your time working from home. You can find it refreshing. Sure you’ll miss your friends at work. Soon enough, you will be with them again.