If you are used to going to work day after day, starting to work from home, whether it is a contract project or a full-time job, can be a bit daunting. But this way of working is becoming more and more popular, and some very famous companies have even gotten on board. To cope with the uncertainty raised by Covid-19, many companies and universities require their employees to work remotely.
Although nearly a quarter of the U.S. workforce has been working from home at least part of the time, the new policy keeps many employees (and their managers) out of the office and is separated from each other for the first time. Although it is always best to formulate clear remote work policies and training in advance, this level of readiness may not be feasible in times of crisis or other rapid changes. Fortunately, even if there is not enough preparation time, managers can take specific steps based on research without having to make a lot of effort to improve the engagement and productivity of remote employees.
Working from home can be a significant change. You may feel lonely, isolated, stressed, depressed, anxious, unmotivated, or-feel at ease, relaxed, energetic, or productive. Everything is normal. Any transition takes time to get used to, so try to make yourself comfortable. Use the most comfortable chair and be sure that the backrest can support it. You can also consider buying hands-free headphones. At the very least, dial in the earbuds to make long-distance calls. I learned the hard way by sitting on a wooden chair and balancing the landline phone between my chin and shoulders, not comfy!
This is my default recommendation for communication, especially in multi-generation teams, but this is especially important when working remotely. Tell your team when to contact you. Do you want people to check your things in the morning? Send updates daily or weekly about what they are doing? The more guidance and boundaries you provide, the fewer misunderstandings, and the smoother the work. This is especially important if you and your teamwork in different time zones.
Consistent with company culture. Make every effort to keep things consistent with your existing company culture. Ask about your remoteness. Finally, especially if you are unfamiliar with remote work, please provide regular feedback to your colleagues about the solution to the situation. Track the easier and harder aspects of working remotely-if you work from home again (or more likely when), this data will help you now and in the future.