Yesterday, we considered what we should do now – business strategies. Today, we review what we should do now – work-at-home tips. Tomorrow, we review what we should do now should do now – cleanliness. Then, on Friday, we highlight what we should do now – activities to stay occupied.
Even before the current COVID-19 virus caused/is causing many firms to have employees work from home, remote working grew a lot over the years. Often, driven by technology advances. Consider these observations from FlexJobs:
“A special analysis done by FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics found a major upward trend in the amount of people working remotely in the U.S. In the span of one year, from 2016 to 2017, remote work grew 7.9%. Over the last five years, it grew 44%. Furthermore, over the previous 10 years, it grew 91%. Between 2005 to 2017, there was a 159% increase in remote work. During 2015, 3.9 million U.S. workers were working remotely. Now, the number reaches at 4.7 million. Or 3.4% of the population.”
“In a study done by Buffer.com about the state of remote work in 2019, 99% of the interviewees said they would like, at least once in their career, to be able to work off-site. This enormous figure not only proves remote work is now immensely popular. But also that it is not just a fading trend. Moreover, the respondents are very likely to recommend remote work to their friends and family, solidifying the statistic further.”
Food for Thought: What We Should Do Now – Work-at-Home Tips
For good advice on work- at- home tips, we turn to Thrive Global Community:
“Whether you work at home in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic or you’re already a full-time freelancer or on a distributed team, remote work can come with unique challenges. Especially if you’re not used to it. We asked our Thrive community to share the small steps they take to reduce distractions and protect their well-being when working remotely. Which of these tips will you try?”
- Establish clear working hours — and stick to them.
- Don’t use the Internet for nonwork-related activities during your working hours.
- Write down what you want to accomplish.
- Set time slots for specific tasks.
- Do not work in your pajamas.
- Work in a designated space.
- Eat meals in a different room. And take some time to eat properly.
- At regular intervals, step outside your workspace to reset.
- Stay contacted to others at your organization.
Click the image to read more about EACH TIP from the Thrive Global Community.