With the COVID-19 outbreak, we have seen stricter social distancing enforcement in communities around the globe while companies are implementing work from home arrangement strategy. Many employers are left with little option but to let employees work from their self-quarantined homes and with that we say, the work must go on.
Here, we highlight some useful tips and best practices on how you can work effectively from home and maintain productivity, increase business output, and prevent miscommunication.
Establish a routine
Wake up and start work at the same time each day and designate an area for work with minimal distraction. It can be an area that is seldom used or an independent space to help you get going and stay focused.
Block your calendar
Maintain a task-based work structure during the work-day period, you can use online calendars to block out your daily work and set times to task. This way, you can be more productive and it will enable you to be more efficient by finishing tasks on time.
Designate a remote work buddy
Employers can assign a team leader or remote work buddy within the workgroup to check the team’s progress and ensure the work delivered is within the timeline. If there are expected delays in your work delivery, communicate it with your team leader and see options on how to achieve the goal. Leaders can help evaluate objectives and determine the best strategy.
Use virtual collaboration tools
In this digital era, there are plenty of online tools available to choose from when working remotely. Some commonly used digital tools are Microsoft Teams, Zoom, GoToMeeting, Google Meet, Slack, etc. Check with your administrator for the best and secure options that work for you and your team and use these tools to collaborate on work activities.
Maintain a level of communication
Have an open line communication that will maintain business continuity. Use digital technologies to stay connected and schedule a weekly team call dedicated to sharing client updates, checking on work progress, or enlighten your work spirit by simply checking on each other.
Make clients a top priority
Lastly, without our clients, there will be no business so don’t forget to communicate with your them. Give clients optimum customer experience and assure that they are on top of your mind even in this challenging period.
In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, companies can measure success during this period and consider different approach to drive employee and client engagement. While most of us will be working and staying at home for a definite period, we can look at the bright side and use this chance to focus on meeting goals and develop new skills.
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