Are you new to working from home and not sure how to do it? Can working from home make you more unproductive? How do you cope with unexpected distractions? How do you make remote working work for you? Are you worried about sustaining this for the long haul?
Many workers are being plunged into homeworking for the first time and so we've brought together some of the best advice and guidance from a range of different sources to help you adjust to your new situation - and give hints and tips for those who might be used to working from home, but are always on the lookout for new things that could help.
A Prayer for Working from Home
However, before you start, why not pause and pray this Prayer for Working from Home by Will Sorrell. And also, remind yourself that at the moment you are not 'working from home'; you are at your home, during a crisis, trying to work.
Ten Top Tips for Working Remotely - a quick summary to get you started, from CIPD.
Ten Top Tips for Effective Online Meetings - a helpful crib sheet from CIPD to help you and your team learn to embrace video meetings, establish etiquette guidelines and more.
How to: Work from Home - to help you maintain your productivity while you’re working from home, here are some of Reed's top tips.
Our top tips for working from home - excellent nuggets of advice from OMF-US workers used to working from home.
Homeworking and well-being considerations - a whole host of information from helpful suggestions on working from home in imperfect circumstances, to wellbeing issues, looking after your mental health, and links to free online training from SHP (Safety and Health Practitioner).
10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus - some simple things from Mind (the mental health charity) you can do to help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing during times of uncertainty.
3 Considerations for new hybrid workspaces - with many organisations working out how to function as they emerge from lockdown, Graham Fawcett shares three considerations for how they might flourish in the long-term.
How to leave work at work - some jobs have very clear lines between when you’re “on” and when you’re “off,” while in others the lines are blurred — or potentially nonexistent. That makes not being distracted by work, especially mentally, a major challenge. This helpful article from Harvard Business Review gives some excellent hints and tips on this subject.
And, just for fun, watch Professor Robert Kelly cope with interruptions from his children when he was being interviewed live on BBC News, whilst working from home.