Coronavirus has changed the
way we do things. For many
people, this is the first time
they have worked from home.
Others, like me, have been doing
it for years. Some experts
suggest this is a grand
experiment that may determine if
thousands will begin working
from home (commonly known as
Telecommuting) in the future. If
you are new to Telecommuting,
here are a few basic tips.
Set specific work hours. Start
work at a set time and be ready
to work when that time comes.
Take breaks as you would at any
job, but keep track of the time.
You should also set a time to
stop working (I am not very good
at this.). We all know the old
saying, "All work and no play
makes Jack a dull boy." It will
probably also make Jack single!
Dress for work, you may not need
a suit and tie, but pajamas are
not ideal if you have to accept
a package or answer a video
The biggest distraction
while working from home are
interruptions from friends and
family. It can be difficult for
those with traditional jobs to
understand that you are at work.
Let people know your schedule,
and be firm when letting them
know you are working if they
call or drop by.
a workspace. This not only makes
it easier to focus, but it can
save you the headaches that come
with family members getting into
your workspace. Our family knows
certain areas are off-limits.
Teaching (for lack of a better
word) your family to quiet down
for incoming phone calls can be
difficult, especially with
younger children. However, it is
advantage of connected devices.
Use video calls, smartphones,
meeting apps, email, texting,
and even chat to keep you
connected with your office or
your customers. Keep in mind
that these methods of
communication require a very
positive tone. Everyone likes
messages that get to the point,
but brevity may be misunderstood
as you being angry or
ill-mannered. Proofread messages
and check the tone before
your presence known. It is easy
for "the office" to forget you
exist since they don't see you
every day. Clarify deadlines,
and let people know you have met
them. Repeat important
information, and ask for
specific instructions so you can
avoid doing things over again.
Be sure your messages are
getting through to co-workers,
your boss, and your customers.
Electronic messages can be
unreliable, so ask for read-
receipts, or follow up to make
sure messages are received.
Coronavirus may force people
to telecommute for weeks, or
months, no one knows for sure.
Some people may want to continue
working from home, others will
run screaming back to the
office. Either way, these basic
tips may help.