Fortune 1000 companies around the globe are revamping their space based on the fact that employees are already mobile. Stats show that employees are not at their desk 50-60% of the time, according to a study by GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com. Working at home has become a popular trend that employers and employees are embracing.
While working from home has many advantages, it lacks the structure of the office environment which can lead to lower levels of productivity. So we searched the web for blogs that promised to keep our productivity levels in top form while working in the comfort of our home.
Forbes.com contributor Kerry Hannon, shares her rundown of things to keep in mind to make working from home a success. I’ve summarized a few:
- Create a daily work schedule – set defined work hours and try not to respond to emails and phone calls outside of those hours.
- Accept that your rise to the top might be thwarted, or do something to fight back – remain visible as much as possible with your peers so that your opportunities for advancement aren’t limited.
- Be an extrovert – you have limited opportunities to meet with new people, so when you are in the office, make the most of it.
- Ramp up your tech skills – IT isn’t always around when your computer freezes up. Make sure you can take care of some tech problems yourself.
Read more at Forbes.com.
Inc.com contributor Christina Desmarais shares advice from some top-dogs who happen to work from home. Here’s what some of them had to say:
- Use the cloud – a great tool to ensure you always have important docs with you. Google Drive or Dropbox are some of the most popular.
- Get dressed – keep your routine, shower and get dressed as you would to go to the office.
- Don’t let friends stop by – enforce boundaries and kindly tell friends you’re working and the weekend would be better.
- Invest in creating a comfortable office – invest in your home office furniture, especially the chair as you’ll be more inclined to stay working.
- Pretend you’re not home – don’t answer the door or house phone so you won’t be tempted to chat.
- Check in with co-workers and the boss several times a day – be sure to check in with the boss and co-workers a few times a day so they know you’re actually working.
Read more at Inc.com.
Want more tips for working from home? Check out our post 3 Tips For Maximum Productivity When Working From Home or Create a Productive Home Office.