Homeworking is here to stay – how to make it work for your business

Homeworking is here to stay –
how to make it work for your business

Homeworking is here to stay – how to make it work for your business

Homeworking was already a rapidly growing trend before the Covid-19 pandemic reshaped the workplace landscape. With the traditional nine-to-five routine and time-consuming commute becoming incompatible with modern workers busy lives, many of us were seeking flexible alternatives. However, under the confines of lockdown restrictions, homeworking suddenly became a forced necessity for most businesses, rather than a convenient and occasional alternative.

Don’t leave your employees to overcome the challenges their new full-time home working arrangement presents – from setting up a workspace they feel comfortable at to being unable to tap a colleague on the shoulder to ask a question. This out of sight out of mind approach could cause their motivation and productivity to suffer.

So, how can you help them work from home effectively during the Covid-19 crisis and beyond?

Workspace

Setting up a workspace at home shouldn’t mean sprawling on the sofa or lying in bed. Getting this right won’t just improve productivity; it will impact their health as well.

  • Encourage them to create a clear distinction between home and work life by choosing a space in which they can minimise distractions. Preferably a separate room, so they can close the door to keep business in and family out.
  • Natural daylight improves our mood and makes us happier, so advise them to choose a room or space with a window – a nice view won’t hurt either and will be a welcome distraction from staring at the screen. If a window isn’t an option, they could buy a lamp that mimics d