Footballers are doing it, DJs are doing it, even MPs are now doing it.
Anyone who is able to is working from home during the coronavirus emergency. If you’ve never done it before, and you’re finding it challenging, we’ve got a few tips to help you stay productive (and sane) during this period. Plus, we have plenty of products to help your staff stay connected.
- Have a routine
When you're working from home it may be tempting to stay in bed a bit longer, slouch around in your dressing gown all day, or skip your normal daily hygiene. But to be productive you really need to feel like you are at work, so have a regular daily schedule, with set start and end times and breaks, as far as family and parenting commitments allow of course.
- Take exercise
It is a well known medical fact that you will be far more alert and productive if you take regular exercise during your working day at home. Obviously during the current Covid-19 restrictions that is limited to one outside activity per day, so make sure you use it, from taking the dog for a walk to a run around the park, keeping your social distance at all times!
- Talk to colleagues
We all miss the banter and friendly chat that goes on in the office environment, which in itself can help with productivity. Take some time out during the day to give your colleague a call, or stay on that Teams video call a bit longer. How are they doing? What are they watching on Netflix? What are they up to at the weekend - apart from 'staying in'!
- Don't use the microwave!
Did you see this story this week? Using a microwave can interfere with your wi-fi signal, according to the media regulator Ofgem. They have other tips, such as positoning your router away from other electronic devices, and starting video calls at irregular times. So if you notice your video conference buffering, give a shout into the kitchen, as it could be due to someone's soup warming up!
- Put your phone away!
Sometimes you can have too MANY devices. With all those apps on your smartphone pinging with a notification every few minutes, it can be so easy to get distracted and before you know it, you've just scrolled through Facebook for 20 minutes, got drawn into a WhatsApp thread or sent a few personal emails. If you can, put your phone in another room while you work, or keep it on silent.
If you have any advice for the army of homeworkers, why not comment below?
From PC cables to link up laptops - we all need a second screen! - to office stationery, we have plenty of products to help your staff stay connected. This little adaptor from Edimex
is proving quite popular at present, for obvious reasons. If you’re wondering, it allows devices with no wi-fi network to connect over remote wireless. One local company ordered a batch for their staff last week so if you are having connection issues get one while stocks last!