Since the pandemic hit, remote working has taken off. Those of us who work from home now have to find effective ways to be productive and organized. Let’s face it, remote working is here to stay and may even prevail long after coronavirus, and social distancing is a thing.
Although it might seem tempting, being part of a remote workforce poses its own special set of problems. The major one is that you’ll be working from home, primarily a place for comfort and solace.
Every remote employee needs to adopt certain practices to ensure that their home office doesn’t fall apart. With that in mind, here are a few home office maintenance tips for remote workers.
1. Keep your workspace clean.
The great thing about working at an actual office is that the cleaning crew takes care of sanitation. However, at your home office, you’ll have to play the role of cleaner, homeowner, and remote team worker. Even more, if you have kids, that creates more work and responsibilities.
Cleaning your workspace doesn’t only entail keeping the floor clean and the desk organized. It’s also a good idea to work on indoor air quality. If your home seems dustier than normal, then you may leak your air ducts.
The best way to nip that in the bud is using aerosol duct sealing technology. It’s a modern and non-invasive new way to seal things up. In general, the regular cleaning of your work environment will foster more productivity.
2. Personalize your workspace.
Now you’re working from home, s you can imagine, things could have been a lot worse with Covid-19 looming. Many people have lost their jobs, so we should count ourselves lucky. Instead of brooding over the inadequacies that working at home brings along, try to stock up on everything you need physically and virtually while you are at it.
Covid-19 is here for a while, so you might as well look for resources for businesses with remote employees. Everything from Zoom to upskilling sites is a necessary part of maintaining a good workflow. It’s important to keep up with team members while also developing yourself. So, make your physical and virtual workspace yours so you can make the most of the experience.
3. Set the ground rules.
Working from home (for most people) means that you’ll have to be working with family members in your space. To keep your sanity, there have to be ground rules. You can’t have your personal life mixing up with your work life. With that in mind, you need to let your family know that your designated workspace is sacred. You can’t have your kids playing in the background while you’re on a video chat. When you’re in that designated space, getting work done is the top priority.
In addition to that, you need to ensure that your paperwork (if there are any) or soft copies aren’t tampered with. In this volatile landscape, it’s important to get things right, so you don’t systematically your productivity into the ground.
4. Ensure that your workspace is ergonomically set up.
While working from home, you could be tempted to sit on the couch and clack away. But it’ll do a number on your back and posture in general. If you want to keep working from home without causing yourself and bodily damage, then set up your desk, chair, and lighting to suit set ergonomic standards.
If you can get your hands on a standing desk, then that’s even better because you can burn a few calories while doing your sedentary work. Altogether, it’s important to set your furniture up to ensure that you don’t develop health problems while working from home.