Want to win from home?
Working from home can be a great way to save time commuting as well as maximize your productivity (if you know what you’re doing!) Otherwise, working from home can present some unique challenges.
If working from home is new to you, you might be struggling with staying on task and being productive. If that’s the case, here are some of our best remote work productivity tips along with the best practices when it comes to remote training sessions.
When you’re no longer physically commuting to your workplace and start using your house as your workspace, then there are times where the lines can become blurred between the two. We highly recommend that you set clear boundaries between the professional and the personal. You don’t need to construct a whole new room for your office, but you should try to create a space in your home that you will use only for work.
Create a comfy spot you can use for work that you can associate with your job, one that you can leave once you are off the clock. This rules out the couch and definitely not your bed. This will help you understand that when you are in that space, you will be working and you are not to be interrupted. It will also help you stay focused more on your tasks and assignments each working day.
Of course, other than the physical space you work in, you will also want to create a positive and productive environment by keeping this space organized. You might also want to try putting together a work-friendly playlist that will help you concentrate on your work. Let some sunlight in, and maybe crack open a window to get some fresh air.
Maybe you’re having an easier time getting things done without your chatty coworkers nearby, but social interactions can help you with combatting any feelings of isolation and loneliness that can come from working alone. After all, humans are social creatures who crave cooperation and closeness with one another. And without that, we can feel the negative effects of solitude.
To help fill the gap while being a remote worker, we recommend finding a colleague that will chat with you when you’re feeling lonely. This doesn’t have to be someone that you work with, it can be someone who works elsewhere and needs the same kind of support.
It can be pretty easy to get distracted as a remote worker, so much so that you forget to take breaks altogether. Some remote workers end up feeling guilty for having the privilege to work from home which prevents them from taking short breaks during the day to help them relax.
If you are taking an adequate amount of breaks, rather than scrolling through your phone or browser on your computer, try and use your breaks to get away from your desk. Take a walk and get some fresh air, or spend time with other people in your home.
Many people think that when you work from home you can establish a better work-life balance, but this can be a dangerous assumption. Working from home can cause you to become so engrossed in a task that you completely lose track of time. As a remote worker, you might not even realize that you are letting your work-life melt into your personal life. Maintaining a clear boundary between them is an important aspect of maintaining each side.
Set an alarm at the end of the day to remind you that your normal workday is coming to an end. You don’t absolutely need to stop at that time, but keeping in mind that your workday is technically over will help you begin the process of saving your work or finishing up what you’re doing so you can get back to home life.
Staying productive can be challenging, and there are many new things that you need to get used to, and a new workflow to establish. But along with that, working remotely will also come with many advantages. Once you establish boundaries and get into the right workflow, you’ll find that it’s a breeze to stay productive while being at home.
Remote work challenges can also interrupt any plans you had when it comes to onboarding or upskilling your current employees. When adding a new team member, you must have an effective training program that keeps your employees engaged. Of course, there are also emerging technologies that can help support your employee training regimen that comes in all shapes and sizes. However, a gamified training platform like 1Huddle is a cost-effective way to meet your employees’ learning needs whether they work remotely or not.
At 1Huddle, we offer cloud-based employee gamification software that can easily adapt to any employee training or gamification strategy you want to implement at your workplace. You can customize your content for a seamless experience and all of your employees will be able to access their training anywhere, anytime and at the push of a button. You can use our gamification platform to measure their performance and make key decisions on where you should take your gamification strategy next.
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Sam Caucci, Founder & CEO at 1Huddle
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