Coronavirus Pandemic: Tips for Working Remotely from Home


Coronavirus Pandemic: Tips for Working Remotely from Home
Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy

3/24/2020

During the Coronavirus pandemic, more and more professionals are being asked to work from home. This can be quite beneficial in maintaining a productive workflow without losing time off due to sickness. With the right tools, professionals can complete many of the tasks at home that they normally perform in the office.

Your Time is Valuable

Remember that your time is valuable. Schedule your day just like you would if you were at the office. This will prevent you from working overtime and taking time away from your family. 

Schedule Breaks Accordingly

Just like at the office, you are entitled to scheduled breaks. They should be taken as planned. Breaks are made available to allow you to step back from your work and refresh your mind.

Use White Noise or Listen to Music

Many people find it easier to focus when they have white noise or music playing in the background. When noise is already present, you are less likely to be distracted by other sounds that you may not be expecting.

Create a Workspace

Create a workspace that is designated for you to have the privacy you need to perform your duties. You should have everything you need close at hand, including your printer, telephone, webcam, and all of the other office essentials. 

Communication is Essential

Communication is a must. You must be able to communicate effectively with your staff, supervisors, and clients. Be in contact with your team as frequently as you need to be. Phone calls, video chats, emails, and text messages are all excellent forms of communication. Everybody has to stay on the same page for continued success.

Make Sure Your Staff Can Reach You

Make sure you are accessible to your staff during regular work hours. This means answering phone calls or participating in video chats whenever the need arises.

Clarify Your Expectations

Clarify your expectations. Make sure your instructions are clear and that everyone understands what they are supposed to be doing.

Keep Track of Your Progress

Working from home may cause you to lose track of your progress. Make daily notes on what needs to be accomplished and then check your list throughout the day to make sure you are on track to complete your list. 

Return Phone Calls and Emails Promptly

Always return phone calls, emails, voice mails, and texts as soon as you possibly can. This makes sure that everyone stays on task and that you are all working together to keep things running smoothly.

Address Problems Immediately

If an issue arises, take care of it as soon as it occurs. Waiting can make things worse and cause you to lose valuable time. Taking care of problems early on prevents them from becoming major headaches later.

Create a System for Sharing Information

Make sure that everyone is able to share information over one convenient platform. If you have access to the cloud, make sure your staff does too. You can also use Google docs or other information-sharing programs that make it easy to keep everyone in the loop.

Maintain the Company Culture

Stick to the company culture as much as possible. If your staff is used to a morning meeting, have one by using a video chat app. If everyone takes breaks at the same time, continue the practice. 

Be as Professional as Possible

Be as professional as possible at all times. If you are using video to communicate, make sure you look your best. Be well-groomed and dressed appropriately. Act as you would if you were in the office. 

Video Chatting and Messaging Can Be Valuable

Video chatting is a great way to communicate. You may be uncomfortable with it at first, but you will get used to it. It also allows you to be face to face with your staff and is a great way to make your communication more sociable.

Ask for Feedback

In order to improve your work from home experience, ask for feedback from your staff. You are all in this together, so it will take teamwork to make the best of it. Plus, with these great work-at-home tips, it's a guarantee that you will stay focused on your work.

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Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy is the President of GMR Transcription Services, Inc an Orange County, California based company that has been providing accurate and affordable transcription services since 2004. She has enjoyed success at GMR for almost ten years now and has helped the company grow. Within two years of Beth managing GMR Transcription, it had doubled in sales and was named one of the OC Business Journal’s fastest-growing private companies. Outside of work, she likes spending time with her husband and two kids.