HOW TO MAINTAIN ‘BUSINESS AS USUAL’ WHEN YOUR TEAM IS WORKING FROM HOME

6 May, 2020     Posted in: Digital

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Are you working from home? For many of us, it’s the first time we’ve had to conduct our business from home and even those who have flexible working arrangements aren’t usually out of the office for such an extended period of time.

The public relations professionals at Adoni Media have some tips to help you and your team stay as productive, creative, consistent and mentally healthy as possible.

Stay connected 

It’s important to set up strong and reliable communications channels to connect with your team. This might include the use of SharePoint or Google Drive to collaborate on documents in real time, or Dropbox to share and store files. Programs such as Slack and Microsoft Teams are effective ways to share updates and chat online.

Keep your regular meetings by using phone calls or video conferencing. You can still be creative and brainstorm ideas through a social and collaborative video call. Skype and Zoom offer reliable video conferencing and options to share your screen to effectively work together.

Make sure your team has access to a strong internet connection, laptop, webcam, and headphones.

Productivity 

To increase productivity, try to keep your schedule as normal as possible. This means waking up at the same time, start and finish work at the same time and even take lunch and coffee breaks at the same time. While it’s tempting to stay in your PJ’s all day, getting dressed for the day will help you switch into your work mindset.  

Create a separate space for working in your home that is separate to your bedroom. Try to replicate your office as much as possible and make your space comfortable and relaxing.

Distractions are endless at home, so it is important to set boundaries for yourself. Cleaning, online shopping or scrolling through social media can wait till break time or when the workday is done.

Mental health 

Self-isolation and working from home can put a strain on mental health. It’s important to stay connected with your team. Here are some quick tips to improve your mental health at home: