During the Coronavirus Pandemic, many of us have had to adapt to working from home and overcome the many challenges that can come with it. Many people have had to manage to work from home with a full household, while others have had to find the time to work and be their children’s at-home teachers. Now that three months have passed and everyone is getting more used to the home and work environment, the New York Times put together a list of the best work-from-home practices that have emerged.
One of the most important things to do to work from home successfully is to remove all distractions. It is a good idea to use the same habits that worked for you in the office at home. Regardless of the environment, your work Is being performed in, the characteristics that are essential to effective work remain the same. Additionally, it is recommended to speak up immediately if something is not working. Any issues need to be addressed and fixed right away so that progress is not delayed. Setting aside periods to focus solely on completing your projects and not scheduling meetings or phone calls during these periods can also help you accomplish tasks more quickly and smoothly. Lastly, it is recommended to take the initiative. Everyone, including higher-ups, have to adapt to this new way of working, so offering suggestions and help is a great way to improve the performance of the whole team.
For managers to successfully manage their teams from home, it is essential to communicate regularly. Overcommunicating, clarifying, and explaining will improve performance all around. Managers should also make consistency a priority by updating and meeting with team members at scheduled times. With the new responsibilities and stresses that accompany working from home, managers need to show their understanding and work collaboratively to make the new environment work as well as the office did.