There were many lessons we learned from our experiences with COVID-19 lockdowns. Some of us discovered bread-making skills we never knew we had; others took online music lessons, and a lot of us discovered the happy–and not so happy–moments that come from spending time with our kids.
Many of us found that not only were we able to do our jobs at home–but some of us actually preferred it.
With more employers now happily allowing staff to work at least some of their hours from home, let’s take a deep dive into how to make working from home, work for you.
Make sure your internet is up to the task
The first thing you’ll need is an internet service that provides fast download and upload speeds.
Fast download speeds will let you access your websites and work emails and stream videos quicker. Fast upload speeds will let you load that PDF attachment to your email and shared drives, and make sure you’re seen and heard in online meetings.
We suggest 50 to 100Mbps minimum download speeds for working from home, and at least 10 Mbps upload speeds. However, if there are others in your house working from home also you may require more.
Set working hours
Just because you have access to the internet 24 hours a day, doesn’t mean you should work 24 hours a day.
It can be tempting to check your email after dinner or use the time when the kids are in bed to catch up on work, but time away from work is just as important as the time you spend at work.
Working regular hours and then switching off will help you recharge, rest and be at your best tomorrow.
Make sure your workday includes meals and time outside exercising. It may seem easier to work straight through the day but caring for your physical and mental wellbeing will make you more productive.
One thing you may miss about working from home is the connection to the world. The people you pass in the street on the way to work, those chats with co-workers over the coffee machine, or the friendly hello to the barista at the café where you eat your lunch. Humans need human interaction to feel like we are part of a community; to be inspired; to feel supported and able to give support.
Make sure that you book in time with the people you love, as well as those big players in your life. Chat with your neighbour, say hi to the postal worker delivering your mail, stop and have a conversation with the other parents at school pick up.
We find that when we stay connected online and offline that working from home becomes a success.