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April 20, 2020

Tips for Working from Home

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James Morris
Tips for Working from Home

Working from home can have many benefits, such as the comforts of home and the convenience of saying goodbye to commuting to work every day.

While the lack of commute may be convenient, working from home successfully can often require more individual effort than in the office.

There are important things to consider when working at home such as, is there a specific location in the home to work? How will you separate family from work life?

Once these questions are answered, focus can shift to planning and thriving in a home office:

1. Office layout
How often are distractions passing through the space, such as children and other family members?

2. Lighting
Ensure lighting is sufficient in all parts of the workspace.

3. Temperature
The home office should be kept at a comfortable temperature to promote productivity. This may mean changing the location of the home office to a cooler or warmer part of the house, or closer to air-conditioning (if possible).

4. Technology
What technology will be needed to perform work with ease? It is important to consider what is typically used in an in-office setting. If you are used to working with 2 or more screens, is it possible to obtain and use 2 screens at the home office?

5. Office furniture
Good posture is extremely important to avoid things such as back pain and long-term issues. An adequately sized desk to accommodate computer screens and working space is essential.

6. Self-management
Time management, avoiding procrastination and keeping focus can be challenging out of the usual office environment. Setting regular working hours, keeping an eye on the clock, keeping an organised work station and remembering to take break can be helpful.

7. Communication
Maintaining communication with clients or staff members is vital to the continuation of business as usual when working from home. Online methods of communication such as Skype or Zoom are a few of the many options available for video calls and messaging. Ensuring emails and phone calls can run smoothly is imperative.

8. Staying healthy
It can be easy to lose track of essential breaks and meal times when working out of routine. Many studies show the importance of keeping up regular meals, hydration and taking breaks for productivity as well as general health.
Adapting to a home office can be challenging. But with simple planning, creating a comfortable office space that provides all the necessary components to promote great work is possible.

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