Remote working is more common than ever, with over four million UK employees eschewing the traditional office-based 9-5, to working from the comfort of their own home.
From skipping long commutes to dodging office politics and embracing greater flexibility, there is lots to be gained from working from home.
Yet many workers report feeling isolated and unproductive without the daily support of their team, and the watchful eye of their manager, to motivate them.
Here CashLady looks at how to make working from home, work for you, including following a daily routine, dressing for work, shaking up for your workspace, and remaining in close contact with your colleagues.
The rise of working from home
Online technology, such as chat facilities and collaboration software, has made remote working easy for employers and their employees, enabling them to stay connected, in real time, from where ever they are in the world.
A better work-life balance
Providing much-welcomed flexibility for workers, and financial savings for employers, who can slash expensive office space costs, remote working has been on a steady incline over the past two decades, particularly among millennials seeking a better work-life balance.
Increasing productivity when working from home
Free from distracting office chit-chat, many people working from home claim that they can concrete better and get more done, resulting in increased productivity.
Others, meanwhile, suffer from the lure of the TV, or chores that need to be done, and find it difficult to self-motivate without the structure of an office environment.
There are, however, lots of steps that you can take to make the most of working from home while ensuring that you get your work done to the satisfaction of yourself, your colleagues and your employer.
Create a daily routine
Without the need to catch the train and be sitting at your desk at 9 am, it can be too easy to hit ‘snooze,’ and simply roll over in bed, which is why a daily routine is crucial.
Successful entrepreneurs frequently cite that a daily morning routine, usually involving waking up early and doing a little exercise, is a large part of their success and daily motivation.
Productivity boosting habits, such as simply getting up at the same time each day, always making the bed, pouring your coffee and doing a little exercise each morning before entering work mode, can be enough to get your day off to a great start too.
Dress for success
It can be tempting to roll out of bed and start working in your pyjamas or loungewear, however dressing for work makes you feel more professional and ready to take on the day.
In this article for The Guardian, Business psychologist Helen Fisher explains the link between what we wear and how we feel and perform:
“If you wake up feeling grotty and put on clothes that reflect that, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you put on something that raises your game, it will have a subtle effect on how you feel, think, and behave.”
Conquering isolation when working from home
While the lack of unwelcome distractions from colleagues is a benefit of working from home, it’s important to schedule time for human contact to avoid feeling too out of the loop.
A change of scene also helps beat monotony and boost productivity.
Shake up your workspace
If you work from a home office then a couple of days, or even hours, working from a local café or library, will break up the day have you out in the world to prevent feelings of loneliness.
All you require is wifi, a plug socket for your charger, and lots of coffee.
Keep in touch with your colleagues
Keeping in close contact with colleagues fosters effective communication, which is especially important when working from home.
Be sure to keep your calendar up to date so that your team knows where you are, and establish trust in your flexible working arrangement by ensuring that your boss can contact you.
Embrace the flexibility of working from home
When working from home your day is much more your own, so try hitting the gym at the lunchtime, organising meetings in interesting places and making the most of your flexible working schedule.
By integrating a little discipline into your day, you can make working from home, work for you and your employer, facilitating even greater productivity and employee satisfaction.
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