How to be Effective when Working Remotely

With the recent Coronavirus outbreak putting pressure on organisations to implement remote, working strategies for their employees, we explore whether remote working really is the future of the public sector and how to get the best out of it.

Create a routine

It is very easy to associate the idea of working from home, with lounging around in your pyjamas and taking long leisurely breaks. But it is important to understand that, whilst remote working offers more flexibility, it is still a professional job that needs to be taken seriously. We therefore recommend making a daily routine, which involves simple things like getting dressed, making a schedule and going for a walk in your lunch break. This will allow you to avoid procrastination and increase your productivity.

Stay connected

Unfortunately, when you’re working remotely, you don’t have the luxury of sparingly talking to your colleagues as and when you wish. Communication therefore becomes key. Make sure everyone in your team is clear in your chosen communication channels and hold regular, informative meetings. This will allow everyone to stay on track of agendas and, ultimately, stay focused.

Be clear on expectations

One of the biggest issues proposed by remote working is miscommunication, with iIl-information often interpreted differently than intended. To avoid this, we suggest following up after meetings with an outline of the actions you plan on taking. This will ensure that you understand what is expected from you and show that you are taking initiatives, rather than waiting to be assigned a plan of action by your manager.

Set clear boundaries

One of the easiest things to do when working from home is to let your work life merge with your home life. This can be a huge problem and often make you feel as though you’re constantly working. This is why you must keep the two distinct. One way that we recommend you do this is to designate a separate space in your home for work.

Make sure to notify your friends and family that whilst you are at home, you are unavailable during your working hours. This will allow you to stay focused and make it easier to get out of work mode at the end of the day.

What about you? 

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