WFH – it sounds awesome, but it can often be more challenging than you expect. To help, start your day with the following tips in mind.
These simple actions can greatly improve your effectiveness and help you keep strong communication channels open with your team.
Email your to-do list to your client/manager each day so they know what you are working on
List the weekly tasks you are doing. If you are working from home, your manager can’t speak to you so easily, but they'll appreciate you keeping them in the loop
Be available by phone to your team members, line manager and day-to-day contacts. Switch the ringer on! You may need it to be louder now than when you are in the office, to avoid missing calls
Return calls within an hour of receiving them
Make sure to follow your company’s Security Policy and Confidentiality Policies e.g. don't leave documents lying around your house. Don't discuss confidential work issues with your family as it may break confidentiality clauses
Store documents securely
Don't use a personal email for company documents (e.g. Yahoo or Hotmail). Only use a work email address
Be logged online during your working hours
Always respond to calls, emails and messages in a proactive manner e.g. message and say you are on another call if a client tries to call and can't get through
Maintain project and deliverable deadlines
Continue adherence to all the information security requirements of your clients, third parties and your company
Use video conferencing (conference call facilities, data room, etc) whenever you can to maintain appropriate communications and interaction. It is VERY important to keep in touch daily and not feel disconnected
Try to call your clients, team or manager daily to keep in touch with them about all the items you are working on
A lot of managers are overwhelmed by emails and can't always respond. If you don't receive a response within 24 hours, try to call and/or WhatsApp them
Write emails and WhatsApp messages in a polite and professional manner. Always try and frame your emails to reflect a friendly and effective tone. You don't want to seem bossy or demanding :-)
Work out which communication channel each of your co-workers likes best and to which they are most responsive. That might be WhatsApp, email, phone, WebEx or voicemail
Stay focused and try to create an area of your home where you can concentrate best
Whenever possible, use a separate keyboard, mouse and screen, as these create a more ergonomic working environment than a laptop. This helps keep your posture upright, to avoid future neck and back problems
Keep all the necessary work items (phone, notepad and other stationery, a water bottle etc) within reach, to help you stay focused
Digital Qube is a big supporter of flexible working! We hope you enjoyed our tips for maximising efficiency when working from home.
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