Posted by: bluesyemre | April 23, 2020

7 tips for making #RemoteWorking more productive


Making remote working our daily routine has been an adjustment for everyone during COVID-19. In the blink of an eye, we’re exchanging the break room for trips to the fridge, trading in our suit shirts for our tracksuits and endlessly fiddling with the Wifi. So how do we practice remote working more effectively as we ease into the new normal? Kavita Singh breaks down key tips.

1. Cover the basics

If you’re already struggling with staff symbiosis, make sure the basics are covered. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and distant from your team right now, so if you’re already feeling disorganised among your staff, make sure these questions are all answered:

  1. Is everyone supported wherever their new home office may be?
  2. Do staff have access to all relevant home/mobile numbers?
  3. Does everyone have all password and log-in access for relevant platforms?
  4. Is everyone using the same platforms?

If the answer to any of these is ‘no’, then there might be a simple solution to the panic. Overcommunication is key, so sit down with anyone who might be out of the loop and reassess. If you’re the one feeling out of the loop, then schedule a Zoom meeting with the appropriate colleagues.

2. Get dressed

The temptation of doing work in your pyjamas in bed is definitely there when you first wake up. However, research shows that this has the potential to lower efficiency and productivity.

The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology performed a study that found that doctors were more focused and performed better at work when wearing a lab coat. They saw that professionals performed significantly better on tasks when they wore clothes with some sort of ‘symbolic meaning’ otherwise known as enclothed cognition.

Cara de Lange, burnout expert and founder of Softer Success, said: “One of the most important things you can do to work from home efficiently is to get up and get dressed for work as you normally would. This gives your brain the message of starting the work day.”

Additionally, getting dressed out of your pyjamas will force you to go about your morning in a healthier way whether that means setting some time aside in the morning to shower or taking a walk during your breaks.

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