Amidst the current coronavirus pandemic, we would like to offer you support and advise on how you can make working from home a positive experience.
Highpoint are here to support candidates and clients, and will be providing updates on Government Policy and advice on how to support staff working remotely.
We are remaining proactive and are available to provide advice on CV writing, preparing and planning for job searches for candidates, and for clients, we are keen to hear how you are managing your workforce and any initiatives you are deploying to support employee welfare.
Working from home
Your team, your managers and your colleagues are very important during this time. But you are just as important.
If you feel that you are not coping well, it is best to be open and speak to a member of your team for support. Not everyone is suited to working from home, so look for ways to make it work for you.
Make yourself business-ready
- Try to stick to your normal morning routine, make sure you get dressed, it will help you get ready for the working day.
- Find a nice space to work, if you have a home office great, if not a dining room or comfortable space will also work.
- If you are in a busy household, try and find a quiet space.
Set daily targets
- Plan your day and set targets for before and after lunch.
- If you feel yourself slipping or missing a target, look at what’s causing it. There are a variety of distractions when working from home and it takes a different kind of focus to working in the office.
- If you are currently teaching children, whilst working from home, like may of us are! Set up a timetable that fits around your working day.
- Try to set the children tasks they can work on themselves, whilst you are on business calls or have a particular task that involves high levels of concentration.
Positive distractions can help
- Background noise, a good radio station or playlist on quiet, can help break the silence of a keyboard and make you feel less isolated
Keep in regular contact with your team
- It’s important to keep feeling like a team even when you are working from home.
- Keep in regular contact via e-mail and phone and utilise free virtual meeting apps such as MS Teams, WhatsApp, etc.
- When working from home it can be tempting to sit at your laptop all day and eat there, but that’s how cabin fever and exhaustion sets in.
- Set aside time for lunch and move about, go into the garden and soak up some of the spring air or take a walk (keeping to social distancing guild lines). Anything to stimulate your mind in a different way.
Keep safe and well.
The Highpoint Team