Coronavirus is forcing organisations to rapidly changeÂ and adapt to new disciplines and business models. Â Amongst the most significant of these is home working.
In a new weekly feature, we’ll be providing topicalÂ tips and advice from Team Managers and Advisors on the SensĂ©e frontline to help organisations make a success of home working. Â We hope you find them useful.
How do you separate your homeÂ and work life…..
âJourney to work is not just a physical distance to travel but a mental one too. Allow enough time before your shift to prepare for the day ahead.â
Jennifer, SensĂ©e Services Adviser
…… organise your workspace?
âMake sure your office area is a nice place to work. Decorate with bright colours, flowers etc. You are spending a lot of time there so it needs to be bright and comfortable.â
Bev, SensĂ©e Services Adviser
…… maintain your health and fitness?
âEven though I work from home I still âwalk to workâ. So I leave my front door every morning – which ensures no jimjams – and take a brisk mile or two walk around the block. I then arrive at work oxygenated and ready to rock.â
Nick, SensĂ©e Services Adviser
…… not end up snacking all day!?
âBring snacks! There is nobody else in the âofficeâ to steal them!â
Ryan, SensĂ©e Services Adviser
…… motivateÂ yourself?
âIf you are honest, with a good work ethic, then home working will pose no issues.Â If you use work for ‘social’ then you may struggle. So ensure you are part of chat groups to keep up with news, gossip etc.â
Sharon, SensĂ©e Services Adviser
…… optimise your working environment?
âHave plants in the office. I have a venus flytrap called Audrey.Â Taking care of her is part of my daily routine.â
Janet, SensĂ©e Services Adviser
…… improveÂ yourÂ work-life-balance?Â
âI have a separate desk in a separate room in a quiet part of the house.Â I get up, get showered, dressed and put on a wee bit of make-up (canât do anything without my lippy!).Â I leave the kitchen after brekki and off to the office.Â Blu tack a âdo not enterâ sign to the office door (important to let the family know my shifts and my breaks so they are respectful and quiet whilst Iâm on shift).Â When itâs time for a break I am pretty much guaranteed theyâll meet me in the kitchen with a coffee and a toastie.Â A tik tok dance with my daughter ensures I definitely switch off for a wee while at lunchtime!â
Alison, SensĂ©e Services Adviser
…… manage distractions?Â
âIf you now find yourself with other family members in the house, work out a solution for internet access that wonât interfere with your work. We are using an old android phone as a wifi hotspot with a pay-as-you-go SIM.Â It gives my son sufficient broadband to do his school work and video chat with his friends.â
Denise, SensĂ©eÂ Services Adviser
…… decide what to wear?Â
âI look in the wardrobe for something that speaks to me.â
Gill, SensĂ©e Services Adviser
…… and what do you do during your breaks, and at lunch?
âBreaks are a great time to fit in the household chores that you usually save up all week. Hoovering, preparing the tea…. anything really so that when you finish work you have nothing to do.Â It makes you organise your free time more effectively.â
Zoe, SensĂ©e Services Adviser
MORE TIPS TO FOLLOW NEXT WEEK!