The team at Whitehead Ross has always benefited from flexible working arrangements. With 26 staff working across 5 offices on 16 different contracts, the need for flexible working arrangements has always been important. Staff work in a number of different ways, with some working only in term time, others working school hours and others working a mixture of days at home and in a local office.
Whilst “working from home” may have been maligned in the past it’s now widely recognised that it can be productive and provide staff with much needed work-life balance. Technology means that linking with your team has never been easier.
Now that we are ALL working from home, we’ve come up with some simple working /studying at home guidelines which you may find useful:
1. Get in the Zone: finding somewhere suitable to concentrate is vital to your success – pick a dedicated space, away from the TV or any unnecessary noise or distraction.
2. Get Support: there can be plenty of distractions around the home, so ensure that you communicate with your family members about your needs for some peace, quiet and space. If you are also home-schooling try and set bite sized chunks of work for your children so you can work at the same time.
3. Get Organised: before you start make sure you have everything you need to-hand. Having your stationery, laptop,scrap paper, necessary booklets, drinking water and snacks nearby can help deter needless distractions.
4. Schedule Your Time: taking regular breaks is essential to keep your mind focussed and your output at its peak. Plan ahead, keep a timetable or a to-do list and ensure you have breaks away from your screen.
5. Get Focussed: keeping motivated, especially when surrounded by your home environment can be difficult. Keep concentrating on your end goal, focus on your intent and you’re destined to succeed!
6. Work Smarter Not Harder: you don’t have to spend hours slaving over a hot keyboard! Work smarter by being mindful of your time management, prioritising a to-do list and working more efficiently.
7. Failure Isn’t Fatal: if you don’t succeed at first, then learn from the experience and try again. Failure is an opportunity to get back up and return stronger and wiser!
8. Keep Social: discussing your experiences, feelings and triumphs with those in a similar situation to you is a healthy way to ensure mental wellness and foster engagement. Make sure that you communicate how you’re getting on with your peers /manager/ tutor.
9. Rest and Reward: being properly rested is the best way to get the most from your working or learning, so ensure that you take enough time to sleep, avoid getting bogged down or overstressed and treat yourself especially after any gruelling or difficult piece of work.
10. Manage expectations – with your manager/ tutor – giving them a realistic assessment of what you can achieve in the time available.
Good luck and stay safe!