It’s no secret that great companies can’t run without equally great employees. However, the quality of work a remote employee produces first starts with good habits at home. Keep reading for tips on how employees can be more productive when working from home.
With the right outfit, a person’s productivity, especially during meetings, can raise immensely and help them to exude confidence and professionalism. A nice outfit or even just some jewelry can make a difference in how a person feels about themselves. Other aspects of appearance like hair and skin matter too. If a person has insecurities over something like baldness or acne it’s going to affect their confidence, therefore, affect their productivity when it comes to participating in meetings. On the other hand, some people may benefit from makeup, like a full coverage foundation or a long-wear concealer to cover up blemishes or problem areas. Having clear, blemish-free skin can give off a self-assured vibe for anyone.
Take Time for Self-Care
In today’s world, leaving work at work is tougher than ever. Working at home has blended the boundaries between work time and personal time which can inevitably lead to stress. Many people who are still working at home may struggle with communicating these challenges, so having a sound support system is paramount. A few ways to tackle these at-home problems is through focusing on your own self-care. If you feel you need someone to talk to and not sure where to start, online therapy with a professional can be a helpful outlet for you. Other ways to focus on your self-care can range from setting time aside to read a book at the end of your workday, cooking a meal, or planning something fun to look forward to when work ends.
A mountain of overflowing documents or leftover food residue is not ideal conditions for a person’s designated workplace. A clean environment is a must-have when working from home since cluttered, unorganized surroundings are distracting and even cause anxiety for some individuals. The spot your employees call their “office” needs to be organized and neat so they can focus on work rather than a mess of papers. Workers can keep their areas well maintained and clutter-free by not allowing papers and files to accumulate. Throwing out or recycling unnecessary items and filing documents to their proper places can easily make the workspace look neater and make it easier to focus on work. People shouldn’t hide clutter either since that is only hiding the problem and not actually fixing anything. Encourage employees to take a few minutes at the end of each workday to clean up their space so that they can start the next morning with a fresh slate.
Although working from home is the new normal, your employees should still take a break to go outside from time to time. Being cooped up indoors all day isn’t good for a person’s productivity or well-being. Fresh air and sunlight can help people feel more energized and alert which is ideal when working long hours. It’s easy to get stuck in front of a computer for hours endlessly staring at a screen. Fresh air can do everything from improving blood pressure to boosting a person’s mood. So remind your workers to take a quick five-minute break on a front or back porch as it can easily get them ready to tackle the rest of their workday and promote better health. If your employees don’t have access to an outdoor space because they live in a big city, recommend that they work in front of an open window or take a walk at a local park.
Working remotely presents its own array of challenges. For many people, it has been over a year since they have taken their usual commute to the office and they rather walk down to the kitchen or home office. Whether a return to the office is imminent, or your employers intend on having you remain at home for the foreseeable future, continuing to focus on your wellness can only help you more. Spending time on your appearance, mental self-care, environment, or breaking away from your usual boundaries will help your productivity and have your mind thanking you!