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A guide on staying sane and productive whilst working from home

The idea of working from home can sound great at first, kicking back on the sofa, watching daytime television while replying to an email here and there. But, in reality, it’s not like that at all. Normal work must resume and without the instant contact of your co-workers, it can feel very isolating and leave you in limbo. Not to mention the number of distractions that can steer you off track.

If people do have to work remotely, it’s essential to have a plan in place if a crisis does strike. The power of Oak enables teams to connect, engage and collaborate from any device and anywhere. Which is why we’ve put together some top tips on how to work from home successfully and stay connected with your teams.

Remain positive

Unfortunately, remote working can make workers feel lonely and out of the loop. The home is a completely different environment compared to the workplace, and you’ll face very little interaction with co-workers.

Whether working from home is part of your working routine or it’s been implemented as a precautionary method, remember to stay positive and follow these steps to combat the working from home blues.

Business as usual

When working from home it can be very tempting to lounge about in your pyjamas all day but sadly, you’re not going to get much done if you do that. Start the day off as you normally would if you were going into work; get up around the same time, have breakfast, get showered and get dressed. Although you won’t be heading into work for the day, getting into your normal routine will put you in the ‘working’ mindset and start you off for the day ahead.

Check-in with your team

Be sure to check in on your team when you start working. This way, your team can know you’re on hand and are able to get in touch with you when needed. Don’t forget to let your team know if you’re checking out too.

Take regular breaks

When working from home it’s easy to feel like you’re not being as productive as you would when you’re physically at work. Like any other working day, it’s essential to allow yourself breaks to refresh the mind.

Make sure you have regular breaks to avoid a burn-out. If you feel like your productivity levels are slacking, recharge by eating or taking a stroll for some fresh air. It’s no secret that fresh air helps workers think better and improves productivity and health.

Avoid distractions

Easy access to the fridge, the temptation of Netflix and the neediness of pets and family members are just a few of the distractions you may experience when working from home. Due to the never-ending list of distractions, it’s vital to have a plan ready for what you are going to do when remote working. This will keep you on top of work coming in and help you stay focused when distractions do arise.

Communication is key

Cliché but true. Because it can feel so isolating, constant communication is vital when working from home.

Luckily, with the help of Oak, it’s never been easier to connect with remote staff. If you read ‘How to avoid the deskless disconnect’ you’ll be clued up on how to use Oak effectively to engage and collaborate with your remote workers.

Working from home doesn’t mean your company should go into silent mode. Make sure you’re always updating your team on any important company information via the ‘Oak Messenger’ application and on the main timeline. ‘Breaking News’ also allows you to distribute urgent messages that will appear on your team’s digital workplace home page, this way they’ll never miss a beat.

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