Corona virus global pandemic has made us work from home (WFH), and now it has been considered as the future of work. Initially, it was confined to the IT field but now other sectors have also started working from home. Amidst the growing fear and havoc that corona virus has caused globally, companies around the world have asked their employees to work from home. While self-isolation and lockdowns are helping, work from home is helping maintain some balance in the economic crisis. But how to work from home while the depressing news on Covid-19 keeps making the rounds in the daily news There are many challenges both from the employer’s and employees’ perspectives regarding working from home. While work from home may seem cool and comfortable but, it is not always a bed of roses. In fact, if you don’t maintain a well-scheduled routine while working from home, you are bound to lose track and land up in stress. So, we’ve come up with a few tips that will help you to work-from-home efficiently in uncertain times!

1.       Create a regular work schedule

The first step to ensure that your work-from-home plan is a success is to set a regular schedule. By planning a work schedule, and implementing the same you ou will get more work done productively within the set time frame. This will ensure you are accountable for work as well as the organization for which you work.

 There are many hurdles working from home but there are lots of ways to keep you working productively from any location Whether you work from home every day, a couple of times per week or per month, or even if you’re just working from home while you are not well, if you work efficiently and smartly you more productive and efficient employee.

2.       Set boundaries for personal and professional tasks

Work from home will definitely be a challenge to you because friends and family who have never worked from home will feel you are not in the office so you can work whenever u feel like with the laptop or computer.Also, you have to have different ways of dealing with kids, pets, and other family and other distractions.

In this situation, you need to isolate yourself from your family members or friends while working. You need to set boundaries in your personal and professional life and convey the same to your family. This helps to keep your personal and professional time separate by reducing unnecessary stress of both office and home.

3.       Design a home office

While working from home, you will often get the tempting thought of working from the bed in your comfortable zone here’s an advice for you – don’t ever do it! This will not only affect your productivity but also ruin your mindset to work from home.

That’s why we suggest that you create a home office for yourself at home. Either set up a separate room for your work or set up a table and chair where no one can disturb you. This will make sure that when you are working from home, you are totally in the office environment and mindset.

You need to have a designated workspace with the right technology. You require a separate workspace, Internet service that meets your need, a workable schedule you need to follow, a backup system in case of load shedding, and different ways to connect with others.

Remember to keep your workspace organized as it will reduce chaos. Nobody can or should work continuously breaks are a must, especially in a stressful time like this as short breaks will help you distress yourself.

4. Listen to Music

Music is considered as the soul of every heart so after long monotonous task music can always come to your rescue. Music is considered very useful when you are doing repetitive tasks.

5.       Keep in touch with your colleague

While many of us are working from within the comfort of our homes, it is important to stay in the loop of the office. Remember that the situation we’re in today is that of physical distancing. To work effectively from home, you'll need to make sure you have the latest technology and you should know different ways to stay connected with the team members. Thanks to ever-evolving technologies like Business Apps for Internal communication like Skype, Whatsapp, Facetime, Slack, Zoom for online video conferencing, Google Hangouts, andcloud computing—not to mention texting and email—help you get connected with colleagues, boss and clients

 6.    Know the rules of office

You need to follow the ground rules set by the employer like

•        Whether your boss requires a nine-to-five schedule or is there flexibility of work.

•        When your boss does need to have an online meeting with you?

•        Are you allowed to work on public Wi-Fi?

•        Which tech tools you need to use for video conferencing, Zoom Slack or Microsoft Teams for group chats,

•        What needs to be used for project management?

•        Ensures that you have the appropriate equipment, such as a laptop, as well as network access, passcodes, and instructions for remote login, power backup etc.

 7.      Get the internet speed you need

Proper Internet speed with better bandwidth and low latency will help you speed up your work and be more productive.

 8.      Use phone apps

If your job involves making long- distance and/or international calls, Google Hangouts, Whats App, and Skype all let you call over the Internet across the globe on the cheap. And if you and the person you're calling are on the same service, the call will be free.

 While you are saving a lot of travelling time, it is always good to upskill yourself with latest technologies.

Thank you

Thursday 03 September 2020