HOW TO SURVIVE WORKING FROM HOME: FOUR WINNING CONDITIONS FOR COMPANIES AND EMPLOYEES…

After 1 ½ years of the pandemic, people are leaving their home offices and are allowed to return to their usual workspace. But many of the new remote workers don’t feel like going back to business as usual. Working from home represents an unprecedented “turning point” in the way we currently work and will work in the future. How can companies as well as employees find suitable solutions for remote work? With these four conditions:

  1. Teleworking must be voluntary

Every crisis passes at some point. So did the Corona crisis and with it the home office. Well, not quite: 70 percent of all employees who had to switch to a home office as a result of the pandemic say they still want to work from home. Not permanently, but the desire for a few days a week without commuting and morning traffic jams is great. And more than a third, 37 percent, of all jobs in Europe can theoretically be done from the home office. Nevertheless, teleworking can be an enormous psychological burden for employees if it is not chosen voluntarily. After all, not everyone likes to work mostly alone and from home. Not everyone can concentrate well within their own four walls or switch off after work. In the future, therefore, teleworking must be equally desired by companies and employees. And trust and autonomy must be given greater weight than permanent control by superiors.

  1. Private and work life must be separated

People who work from home life and work in the same place. As a result, work and leisure time become much more intermingled than before. The big risk in the home office: the boundaries between private and professional life become so fluid at some point that they are difficult to separate. The assumption that they have to be reachable all the time is also a burden for many employees. Supervisors often call their employees well after regular working hours or interrupt their lunch break.  Eurofound figures speak volumes: between 24% and 44% of European workers* have worked in lockdown at least once a week in their free time. The difficulties in drawing clear dividing lines lead to more stress and less time with the family.

France, for example, is trying to find a solution. In 2016, it became the first country in Europe to pass a law on the right to be unavailable…. According to this law, employees must be allowed not to have to connect to digital devices outside working hours and not be contacted by their employers.

  1. Show me your home office and I’ll tell you who you are

Who hasn’t experienced it: at the kitchen table, professional files pile up with the dirty dishes from lunch. In Zoom meetings, you look in vain for a “professional” appearing background. Few employees who have been forced into the home office by the pandemic find a suitable workplace at home. Ergonomic chairs, a suitable work laptop or even a work desk that has a height that is easy on the back: Not everyone automatically has all this at home. At a regular workplace, this “luxury” must be provided by the employer.

With the onset of teleworking in spring 2020, many have found themselves in a new and unfamiliar setting. More than half of all “teleworkers” did not work from home before the pandemic. And most companies had little experience doing so either. In the short term, they introduced home-office contracts and the consequences were anything but employee-friendly: from inadequate equipment to unrealistic expectations and a lack of support from management towards employees.

  1. Collegial relationships must be kept alive

Home office may have its benefits, but collegial exchanges on Zoom definitely don’t compare to a real-life meeting or gossip in the coffee kitchen. Every fifth worker reports feeling more lonely than before due to the pandemic and home office. One of the most important points for home office to succeed is that interpersonal relationships can be maintained beyond the physical office. Here, employers have a responsibility to create new and creative opportunities for collegial networking. Since team building is an essential part of a functioning company, this must continue to be part of regular working hours and must not be sidelined by the home office.

Voluntariness, a good work-life-balance, suitable office equipment and collegial relationships are essential for successful remote work. If you adhere to these four basic conditions, you can be sure that your employees will be able to perform well, if not better than before the pandemic, from home. Let’s use the new working style in a way that benefits everyone. The companies AND the working people.

Source: Author Kontrast.at/Romana Greiner , Original article on Scoop Me

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Hello Everyone, I am pretty new to the forum, and on what I would describe as the starting stages of my second go-around at the entrepreneurial journey. I’m currently looking at and evaluating a lot of different ideas that come to my mind through the frameworks I learned from MJ’s books. Two main things are…

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13 TIPS TO HELP YOU WORK FROM HOME AND THE OFFICE…

With some of us working from home a few days and another few days in the office it is essential that we keep everything in good order so we can work productively.

1.Do NOT skip lunch or desk breaks as working without breaks is not productive. Never feel guilty about having a break we all need them. Maybe set the alarm on your phone everyday specifically for your breaks and lunch. Getting outside for half an hour during your lunch would be a great way to get essential Vitamin D rays.

2. If you can set up your desk so you feel comfortable and are happy what you are looking at. A blank plain wall can be a bit boring. If you have a window and can put your desk under that then that is a bonus. I am lucky to have mine under a small window but nevertheless a window and with a view of the countryside. My room is small so I put mirror tiles on one wall which not only reflects the light but means I can see a different view of outside. They are inexpensive but work amazing. You could also put up a poster that you love if you cannot sit under a window and maybe use the mirror tiles like I did to reflect across the room.

3. If you are fortunate enough to have a study/room that you are using specifically as your home office, then keep it tidy like you would in an office and if your workstation is on a table in your house then make sure you put everything away at the end of the day. It will help clear your mind and know that this is still your home, where you can chill.

4. If you are feeling lonely you can book into a co-working space. Even if you are not interacting, sometimes it’s just nice to have people in the background so you do not feel isolated. Now Covid rules have eased a little you could sit in a cafe and do your work which can be very productive for some people who like the sound and people around them.

5. I call my office space my burrow as I work and play in here. I love crafts and can easily put all my blogging work away and become productive on something else, so I decided not to call it my office from the very beginning. Call your space whatever you think suitable and let your family and friends know what it is so that they do not interrupt you while working in your own space.

6. Getting in the fresh air as I mentioned before is essential for your health and if you always walked to work then why not leave at the time you used to leave and walk around the block before you start work. You could do the same at the end of the day. It will help keep your steps up and make you feel good.

7. Make sure you have at least two of everything like two headsets, two chargers etc as it can be nightmare if you only have one and the last time you used it was downstairs and find someone else using it in the house. It will also help if you are only working say one a day a week as your set will be handy to pop into your bag ready for a day in the office.

8. With back pain becoming a big issue now it is important that no matter how many days you are working away from home that you have the right sturdy backpack to put your laptop and other bits inside it. Using a good backpack will distribute the load evenly and hopefully prevent any back problems.

9. Make sure all your work is backed up before you go into the office. Maybe use a digital notebook instead of a physical book that way you will never loose it or leave it behind by accident.

10. Dress as if you were going into the office outside your home. There were so many articles in the papers about people wearing a shirt and tie with jogging bottoms. It is not something you would wear if you went into the office outside your home so why do it at home. Weekends are for leisure wear. If I don’t make the effort every day even if I am not moving from the house I feel less inclined to work as well.

11. If you are still not getting into the office but are missing your colleagues at work then have a Zoom catch up once a week at least. Maybe organise a quiz night.

12. Sitting in the right chair is important for your posture. There are several companies that sell specific office chairs with posture in mind but if you cannot afford one of those you can easily adapt one for yourself. I have a normal office chair on wheels with arms and I bought a sacroiliac cushion and lumber cushion and a chair cover, so they stay in place. I also always wear a support belt/top to keep my posture correct.

13. Another important thing to remember whether working from home or in the office is the height of your laptop and ergonomic adaptions. I wrote an article on my Back Pain Blog all about these. It is well worth taking a few minutes to read about them.

Source: Vitality BackPainBlog,