The Work Health Organization (WHO) has officially announced the COVID-19 aka Coronavirus as a Pandemic.
Countries all over the world are taking extra steps to help those who are infected and to also curb the spread of the virus.
Some of the measures that have been taken by companies are to allow their employees to work from home. Working from home does not mean you have the day off! You still are expected to perform your daily work tasks.
This may be a new concept to some, so here are some useful tips.
- Set up a designated work area – desk, chair, laptop, printer, pens, notepads etc. Make this area comfortable as this is now your ‘new office’ for as long as your company advises you to work remotely. Your ‘new office’ area doesn’t have to be super elaborate but do ensure that the area is quiet and distraction free.
- Keep the routine just as you would when going in to your office. Get up on time and conduct your regular morning preparations before work begins. Yes, that also includes getting dressed in your office attire. You may be required to be on video calls, so you certainly do not want to be wearing your pajamas.
- Incorporate your regular office breaks for lunch, coffee/tea and a standing intervals to help your blood circulation.
- It may be tempting since you are at home, but Do Not turn on your television. Remember you are still working and just as your office does not have a television in the background, neither should your home office.
- Also, working from home does not mean it’s a time to do household chores. You are on company time. During your lunch break you can do what you need to, within reason of course. During the rest of your work time, you need to be at your desk working.
- You may be tempted to just relax and work from your bed, this is a big NO NO! You need to be alert and concentrate on your tasks at hand. Also, if you are on video calls, the bed is not where you want to be seen working.
Hope these tips can help those who find themselves working from home. Wipe down your laptop and work area with antibacterial wipes and most importantly wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. Take the precautions as advised by reputable sites such as the Center for Disease Control.
Stay safe everyone!