725-867-8495 WWW.ASKEROTHLAW.COM MAY 2020 7 TIPS FOR WORKING FROM HOME
From a Year of Personal Experience
No. 2 Request that your employer invest in Slack (or if you’re a business owner, consider investing in it yourself) for workplace messaging and communication. Slack is a free program that allows you to message on various channels with team members to discuss the projects you’re working on. I use this with my own team, and it has drastically cut back on emails, especially internal ones. For anyone working from home, it’s a good way for you to keep the communication flowing since you can no longer physically pop into someone’s office. With Slack, you can virtually pop into their office and ask a question at any time. No. 3 Consider upgrading your internet service since more people are using their home networks right now. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to work from home without internet access. Recently, we had an internet outage at my house for a few hours in the afternoon, and it completely shut down everything. My kids couldn’t work on their classwork, and I was unable to check my emails, work on my files, or conference via video. Everything ground to a halt. If you can invest in upgrading your internet, I would highly recommend it. It’ll make you more productive and help you avoid a lot of headaches. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of internet service providers in Las Vegas, where I live. However, I recently switched out my service provider to a new company, and my service has greatly improved. No. 4 Try not to work in your pajamas — despite how tempting it is. Getting dressed for the day before starting work will help you get in the mindset to work. I’ve found that going through my morning routine as if I were going into the office actually helps me be more productive. Obviously, you don’t need to wear a suit and tie, but don’t roll out of bed and immediately jump on your laptop. It can lead to a lack of focus and productivity. If you spend some time getting ready for the day, your mind switches to work mode and it’s easier to jump right into the tasks you need to get done that day.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, a lot of people are working from home who never have before. At Askeroth Law Group, we have some experience with this practice because for the past year, we’ve allowed our employees to work remotely or from home. If it’s feasible (as it should be in many industries), business owners should encourage their teams to work remotely. As an owner of a business myself, I’ve learned that when my employees work from home, they’re more productive, efficient, and generally happier overall. It benefits everyone, including our clients. Over the past year, my team and I have learned a few things from our experience working from home that I’d like to share with you in the hopes that it can help you become more comfortable with your new normal. No. 1 Focus on the ergonomics of your workspace. If you’re working from a laptop, as many are, a wireless keyboard and mouse might be beneficial, especially if you do a lot of typing. Laptops are great tools to have, but when you’re working from home and spending several hours on a cramped keyboard, it can lead to burnout. Invest in a keyboard and mouse that will give you the space you need. When it comes to ergonomics, you should also consider getting a good chair. You don’t want to be sitting in your recliner or a kitchen table chair for eight hours while you work. This will lead to cramped muscles and back pain. I speak from experience here! If you’re able, invest in a good office chair, and a good desk if possible, to reduce those aches and increase your productivity.
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