Working from home has become alot easier. All you need is a broadband connection and laptop and a little help from our team here at Amanet. And now we are being encouraged to do it for real … so let’s do IT. The benefits will last a lot longer than the current crisis.
There are many options available from remotely accessing all the resources on your computer at work, as if you were sitting at right at your desk, to accessing your team resources and you should be able to do this without feeling remote from your workplace!
Speak to us about the best opton for your organisation …
Set up your workspace
Find a space in your home where you can concentrate. If you’re somewhere with background distractions, use background blur in Microsoft Teams to keep teammates focused.
Communicate, communicate, communicate
Your rhythm with online work from home might look different than it does in the office. For example, you may be balancing work and childcare at the same time. Communicate your schedule to your coworkers so that they know when to reach out to you.
Maintain healthy boundaries
Without the normal workday signals, like a commute, it can be harder to unplug. Make sure to take breaks, stay hydrated, and give yourself opportunities to “clock out” from remote work at the end of the day.
Person sitting at a desk in their home office using two large desktop monitors. A dog sleeps on the floor next to the desk.
Embrace online meetings
Make sure all meetings include an online “join” option so that team members can join from wherever they are working. Turn video on so your team can interact face to face and feel more connected.
Be mindful and inclusive
A crowded conference call can make it difficult for people to share their opinions. Pause frequently to allow time for questions and remind attendees that they can use the chat window to share their thoughts.
Record your meetings
When you start a meeting, hit “record.” Team members who aren’t able to join can watch later or search the automatically generated transcript for important information. That way, people can easily review anything they missed or need repeated. A person sitting on a couch smiling and using a laptop.
Make up for missing hallway talk
The quick chat at the water cooler is what many people miss the most when working remotely. Instead, be deliberate about and connecting with your coworkers. Think about chat messages as your virtual watercooler and set yourself a reminder to check in with people regularly.
Bring the team together
Working remotely can feel a bit isolating. It’s important to create opportunities for the whole team to virtually get together, whether it’s large brainstorms with the Whiteboard or daily check-ins over a virtual coffee.