Social distancing in response to COVID-19 is going to put a lot of people in work-from-home mode in the coming days and weeks, and for many, it will be a new experience. If you’ve never done it before, check out these tips from Deborah Sweeney at AllBusiness.com. Employers may also want to share this with their staff.
Perhaps the most immediate tip is to meet with your team beforehand to make sure everyone is on the same page. With how rapidly the coronavirus situation is changing, it may be best to do this sooner rather than later.
“If you already work remotely and have been doing so for some time, you’re probably accustomed to the process,” Sweeney writes. “Those that have not worked remotely before, however, may be a bit hesitant on what to do next.”
The first step is to make sure you have the equipment and technology to work remotely. For most people, this requires a computer, Wi-Fi connection, and a platform to connect you to the office. Sweeney mentions a number of options. If you are required to clock into work, you would also need a way to account for your time.
Once the logistics are established, Sweeney seems to like the idea of making it seem like you are at work as much as possible. She recommends designating a space in your home as your office, ideally an entire room if that’s possible. DO NOT try to work from bed, she states.
She also says to dress for work even while you’re working from home and to give your work space some of the creature comforts you would at your office, such as small house plants and photos of family and friends.