Since 2014, all employees in the UK have a legal right to request flexible working and research shows that 76% of employers in the UK now offer at least one form of flexible working for various reasons that benefit their employees. While it can seem like a huge perk to roll out of bed and begin your workday, working from home requires a different type of focus than you might have to employ when working from the actual office. The key to finding success and abundant productivity, however, lies in making working from home work for you.
Reorganize Your Time More Efficiently
Now that you’ve done away with the morning and afternoon commute, you’ll probably be able to reorganize your day a little bit more efficiently. Restructuring your schedule to fit your new working environment is perfectly fine and doesn’t have to look anything like your old schedule. Maybe you wake up at 6:00 a.m. and draft up emails to send out later in the morning and then use your free time to get a workout in and plan for the day. The beauty of working from home is that you can fit your work into your lifestyle and needs, so by reorganizing your time you can work more efficiently, even if it means working in smaller, less conventional bursts of time.
Ensure You’re Properly Connected
There’s nothing more frustrating than waking up for an early-morning Skype conference call and realizing your internet is lagging. Working from home presents a challenge sometimes simply due to the lack of professional equipment around. If you plan to get a lot of work done remotely, it’s worth investing in high-speed internet and the right equipment to project professionalism and efficiency. This includes investing in a computer, tablet or both. Dedicating a tablet or laptop solely for work purposes is also a great idea as it will cut down on the number of distractions that might pop up on a personal computer and is a smart way to preserve the integrity of data, especially if you’re working with high-risk material in a senior position.
For example, as a remote working HR manager you wouldn’t want all of your important staff documents on the same computer that your children play Candy Crush.
Dedicate a Space Just for Work
While it might seem like you could work just fine from the kitchen table, over time you will crave the ability to feel like you’re “heading to work.” Having a separate space where you can work without any distractions not only benefits your levels of focus, but it can impact your productivity it will trigger your brain to go into work mode. The space should be properly lit but not too much as studies show the creativity is increased with dim lighting. Keeping the temperature between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius has also been shown to reduce errors by up to 44% and increase keying output by 150%. Invest in comfortable furniture and the proper decorations to inspire you and you’ve got a recipe for success.
Enjoy the Perks of Working Remotely
Remote working puts the power back into the hands of the employee by giving them control over their own schedule, the ability to work during their most productive hours of the day and tend to their personal needs when necessary. Make sure you make time to enjoy these perks, such as visiting a busy mall during a Tuesday morning lull or hitting the tennis courts on a Thursday afternoon. There’s no point to all of your hard work and increased efficiency if you don’t make time to enjoy it all.
Author: Sally Diamond.
Sally is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her.