Over the last few years there has been a rise in the number of businesses offering employees flexibility around their start and finish times or the option to work from home.
This can benefit an employee’s work-life balance and health and wellbeing, as well as helping working parents with their childcare arrangements. From an employer’s perspective it can also help to reduce absenteeism and increase productivity.
Here are my tips to make sure you are getting the most out of working from home:
Take a professional approach
The thought of working from bed in your pyjamas may be tempting. However, getting up early, getting showered and dressed and finding an appropriate work space will put you in a professional mind set.
Getting out and exercising
Getting away from the house will not only help you maintain fitness but also stop your home from starting to feel claustrophobic. If you exercise first thing, this will help you get up at a set time and will give you a fresh start to the day.
If you spend more than a couple of days a week working from home it is a good idea to organise to meet regularly with friends or colleagues or set up some face to face meetings. Not only will this keep you sane but will help with motivation as the prolonged periods of isolation can impact negatively on your energy and productivity. On the flip side don’t allow friends and family members to keep popping in, as this will be distracting!
One of the benefits of flexible working is that you don’t necessarily have to keep the typical 9am -5pm working hours. However, make sure you manage your time effectively to avoid work cutting into your down time and allow yourself breaks. Equally, avoid the temptation to become distracted and take too many breaks! Set yourself goals for what you need to accomplish for the day.
If you would like to know more about or clients policies on flexible working please get in touch with Katy Lock.