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

HOW TO MAKE MONEY KNITTING…

Knitting is one of the most popular hobbies which has had a big comeback recently with knitting groups set up all over the country.

You would be surprised how easy it is to knit something as simple as a scarf or cushion covers, blankets etc and these are also some of the easiest things to sell. Once you’ve mastered the scarf, you can move onto bags, cushion covers, and blankets, with just a few rectangles stitched together and a button here and there, they’re very satisfying to make.

If you can’t make it to a class or a group to master the art there are lots of online courses.

You can buy cheap wool from charity shops, eBay and some magazines give freebies or simply undo a jumper that you do not like anymore.

Places you could sell your knitting from are car boot sales, online Carboot Junction or Your Booty and of course eBay or craft fairs.

Other online options are Etsy, CQuot, Ebid, or Preloved.

If you are ready to make a living from your craft then Kari Chapin’s book ‘Grow Your Handmade Business’, will help by applying her trademark you-can-do-it coaching style to the nuts and bolts of entrepreneurship and covering all the issues involved in turning your creative hobby into a successful business.

Kari draws the reader up through successive layers of consciousness, moving steadily toward that crucial juncture where “what you do”and”how you think”are absolutely in harmony. It is right at this point where you can grow your business, just as if you were tending a garden. There’s no mystery to the process, just a vigilant management of many tasks, all of which work together toward simple sustainability.”

This book is the follow up from the successful The Handmade Market Place. That book was aimed at people new to selling handmade this one is more about achieving long term business goals. The main focus of the book is on business planning, and writing a business plan.

A great book for someone interested in making their craft into a business and available from Amazon and other good book publishers.

Source: Knitting for All, Craft Courses, Ebay, Carboot Junction Your Booty and Uk Craft Fairs Amazon

HOW TO MAKE MONEY FROM AN OLD TAX DISC…

According to Money Magpie, “some tax discs have even gone for up to £1,000 and now, more than six years after they became useless, they’re still climbing in value. In fact, a collection was sold in May 2021 on eBay for £1,666!

Skint Dad writes that you just need to sell them on to a collector. The thing you need to consider is whether you want to make some money immediately, or if you can hang onto them for a while in the hope their value will go up.

A survey showed that 48% of people simply threw the tax disc away when it ran out but a third chose to hang on to it as a keepsake. This means there are fewer tax discs in existence and the ones remaining could get a good financial return.

One of the best places to sell your item at the moment is eBay. Your stash could be scooped by a “velologist” – someone who buys and trades car discs – on the hunt for a new collection. And, according to The Sun newspaper, if you have one that is un-perforated, it appears to be more attractive to buyers.

If you have a Welsh car tax disc lurking somewhere at the back of your cupboard, it might be worth taking it out and putting it on eBay, as they are some of the rarest discs you can find. Old car tax discs can sometimes go for hundreds of pounds, including this one dated from the 1920s.

Money Magpie explains that people were already selling tax discs before production was stopped, but now that there are only a limited amount of them left, the longer you keep them, the more valuable they will be. They have become collectable just like old stamps.

  • The highest amount paid for a tax disc so far is £1,087.80, which was for a disc from 1921 – the year car tax discs were first introduced.
  • The previous record was a disc from the same batch which sold for a whopping £810.

.The exact return you can expect to get from your old tax disc is still unknown, however, and it’s hard to say for certain exactly how much veleologists will be willing to pay in the future. While some sell on eBay for 99p, others sell for £250.

Source: Money Magpie, Skint Dad, The Sun