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The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that as many as 1 in 12 Australians work from home on a regular basis.
And that was before 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic. Now that more Australians than ever are working from home, we have tips on how to make the most out of it.
Whilst the flexibility of remote work is a definite plus, there are some downsides to working away from the office, especially when working from home.
Working from home can lead to productivity issues if some boundaries and rules aren’t kept in place, and as for working this way in the long term – the ABS reports that 58% of people who work from home cite a lack of social interaction as the largest drawback.
This means we have to structure our remote working life in a way conducive to not only productivity but our mental and physical health.
6 Tips For Getting The Most Out of Working From Home
1. Have a designated office space.
It’s important to draw a mental line between work, play, and rest.
Working from home can blur all three of these life domains, making it difficult to get into the correct head space to start working, and even more difficult to stop working when the day is over.
For this reason, it helps to have a dedicated office space in your home.
Whether it’s a whole room, or just a desk tucked away in a corner, as long as it’s a space where you conduct your work (and nothing else), it’ll help you foster a healthy balance between work and rest.
2. Keep a normal, getting ready for work routine.
Now that you have your own dedicated office space, get ready in the morning like you would normally if you were heading to the office.
Whilst we’re not asking you to put on a whole face of makeup, or your best suit, it’s important to change out of those comfy pajamas and into some work-casual clothing.
This is simply to help you foster the correct state of mind.
When you rise: wash up, get dressed, and grab a cup of tea or coffee. Then sit down at your desk and go over your to do list for the day. Proceed just as you would in the office, minus the water cooler talk.
3. Be available for meetings and discussions.
A major concern for employers – when it comes to allowing their staff to work from home – is that they won’t be as available for discussion and meetings as staff who come into the office. Now that the Coronavirus pandemic has forced most employers’ hands on this, it’s important to make the most out of this telecommuting opportunity.
Australians can aim to prove that working from home doesn’t impede on our ability to function as a team player.
Make sure you are available during working hours on whatever chat application your team uses.
Download that same chat application on your phone, in case you need to step away from the computer for a bit (to water your balcony garden, for example). And if you do plan on being away from your desk, make sure to forewarn your team before heading off.
If you have scheduled in meetings, make sure these are in your calendar and that you’ve set up reminders and notifications so you don’t end up missing them.
You’re going to have to be a lot more organised and vigilant in general when working from home.