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Working from home: Surviving COVID-19

Most of us are used to (and are quite happy) with our daily routine of getting up and going to work in the office. But now, more and more companies are putting into place work from home strategies due to the spread of COVID-19. Employees are now challenged to be just as productive without their normal routine and resources, which is easier said than done.

Here are some tips for working from home. 

1. Keep to your routine

Make sure you get up at the same time, get dressed just like you would (no pyjamas or lounge clothes otherwise you’ll burn out quicker) It may sound simple, but it will be very beneficial and place you in that ‘ready to get to work’ attitude. If you work 9-5, stick to that, stick to your normal breaks and try not to lose your normal routine.

2. Organise your workspace

Creating a productive space is essential in working from home productivity. If you don’t have an office you can use, create a space in a living room/dining room that is not cramped or uncomfortable. Make sure this space isn’t in a bedroom/a place where you relax, try to differentiate your workspace and your relaxing space so when you finish for the day, you can leave work behind and go and unwind.

3. Have breaks

Have breaks if you’re feeling yourself drifting away from work. Try and get some fresh air if possible (one walk/exercise a day) working non stop is difficult, and is even the case when working in an office. Be kind to yourself and take breaks if needed.

4. Stay in touch will colleagues

Check in regularly with members of your team, be that via e-mail, telephone, zoom or any other video call software. Your colleagues and managers will want to hear from you and know that you are doing well.

5. Keep lists

Keep lists for everything. What work you’ve done, what work you need to do, list things that distract you and tick them off as rewards and things you can do on your break. Keep your mind organised.

It’s a difficult time for everyone now, but keeping the most normal routine possible will help with focus, productivity and mental wellness. It’s important to understand that you may not always be productive, take breaks if you’re stuck and productivity is slowing down, speak to a colleague/manager, share your thoughts and feelings, and remain as positive as possible.

Many of us here at UnitBirwelco are working from home due to new government guidelines, all our staff remain contactable and are all still working should you need to contact them. We are having frequent video meetings to assess the situation and are trying our hardest to make the best of an unfortunate situation.

We urge you to stay safe and follow all government guidelines.


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