How to remain proactive when working from home
Posted: Sunday January 12 2020
By: Katie Mallinson
With 50% of the UK workforce set to work remotely this year, business owners have a perfect chance to offer employees the opportunity to take a break from the office – and keep them motivated to complete tasks.
Working from home, or a café, or anywhere else, can provide huge health and wellbeing benefits to staff. As well as inspiring creativity – because they’re not staring at the same four walls every day – cracking on alone, in peace and quiet, can mean no distractions when, for example, finalising a big project.
Keeping people driven, and instilling trust to accomplish goals, is imperative for business owners to ensure a happy, dedicated workforce – and ideally the physical place for doing so should not be important.
However, it’s always key to know that anyone working out of the office can operate at the same high-quality level, and ensure they remain productive. Here are my top four tips to help keep you on track…
If you’re anything like me, you’ll love having something in place that lets you know exactly what goals you need to focus on that day. Setting targets, and your next priority, allows you to be realistic in what you can achieve – and sets the tone for how your working from home day will take shape.
As well as having a list of tasks to complete, part of your preparation should include some simple elements too. For example, ensuring your space feels business-like, and your devices are connected with decent Wi-Fi, so that you’re ready to hit the ground running straight away!
Take regular breaks
This is a great way of ensuring you remain engaged throughout your day – and you can’t put a price on how important screen breaks can be for your health. Now, I’m not saying ignore your work completely and have an eight-hour time out, but make sure you take care of yourself and plot when you can next step away from your desk, laptop or mobile device.
Many people enjoy going for walks to get the creative juices flowing, stepping outdoors into the garden or just popping the kettle on. Whatever you need to ensure you come back motivated and ready to crack on with the next task – do it!