The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way a lot of companies run and with a majority of employees working from their homes, some even for the first time ever. Because people are working remotely, employees are now challenged with striking a balance between comfort and productivity as they adjust and look for a long-term setup. Ideal Office Solutions can help you develop a home office that keeps your workday productive.

Utilize Technology

The technology that is utilized when working in an office is provided to help make employees jobs easier and be able to execute the tasks that they are required to do on a daily basis. The same goes for when you’re working from home. Make sure to bring any of this technology, that you’re able to remove from the office, home with you to ensure you’re still able to do your job properly.

In addition to tools, project management and communication software and applications are going to be relied on more than they ever have before. Tools such as Slack, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Zoom, and GoToMeeting will be utilized on a daily basis to allow employees to productively speak and collaborate with their coworkers.

Designate a Work Space in Your Home

One of the biggest downsides to working from home that we hear over and over again is that you don’t have the same working environment at your home as you do in the office. While there are so many aspects of an office you can’t replicate at home, such as office amenities and working alongside your coworkers, there are some changes you can make.

Instead of working from your couch or bed every day, create a designated space in your home that can fit a desk (even if it’s a small one!) and houses all of your work-related items. This not only will give you a productive area to work from, but it’ll also help with the work/home life balance.

Manage Your Expectations

Adjusting to working from home can be a challenge and can take some time to get used to. To make it easier, have a discussion with your team about day-to-day plans and discuss expectations with your managers. It’s also important to ask questions about the processes for paid time off (PTO) days, the approval process for projects, and how your team will be touching base and ensuring work is being completed.

Stay Connected with Your Team

When you’re working from home, it’s increasingly difficult to connect with your team. You’re not longer able to walk down the hall and ask a simple question, you’ll now have to schedule a time for a phone call or video conference.

To help reduce the frustration that comes along with a lengthy communication process, try setting up a one or two standing calls per week with your team or those you work closely with. This will give you a designated time to ask these questions and bounce ideas off of your coworkers. Weekly calls will also provide you with the social stimulation you might be missing out of by working from home.

Work with Ideal Office Solutions

Redesigning your office space to help employees socially distance can be overwhelming. At Ideal Office, our team will work closely with you to ensure your office design not only runs smoothly but allows employees the space they need to reduce spread of COVID-19. To learn more, contact us today at (978) 327-5327.

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