Remote working has become the social norm thanks to the pandemic. We had a historical shift to remote work that happened almost overnight at the beginning of the global health crisis. Currently, almost twice as many employees are working from home as at work.
According to a survey from Stanford, only 51% of the respondents say they are able to work at an efficiency rate of 80 or more. This means half the people are experiencing difficulties adjusting to working from home.
Reasons can include distractions, not having a dedicated space, not being tech-savvy, and disliking being on a computer for more hours. However, there are a lot of people who do enjoy the freedom to wear sweatpants in a virtual meeting, the ability to take a break and walk your dog, and fewer distractions from co-workers resulting in more focused work time.
Whichever category you fall under, the adjustment to remote work can be a change. Here are some tips to improve remote working.
Set yourself up a dedicated workspace
Employees have complained that working remotely has removed the separation of home life and work. If you set yourself up a dedicated work area, you will feel focused when you sit down to work. When you get up from this dedicated space, that is when you can “turn off” work mode and enjoy being “home for the night.”
Buy a monitor to avoid neck strain
For some, the jump to remote work meant sitting on your couch and working from your laptop. That was fun at first, but after a few hours, your neck will inevitably hurt from looking down at your laptop screen. It is best to purchase a monitor and set it up at your dedicated workspace so that you can work at eye level. You can even get a laptop stand for your laptop and utilize two screens for better productivity.
Make a productivity plan
Your schedule has probably changed some before your office days. Some are finding themselves working more at night, and some are taking longer breaks throughout the day to do things like walk your dog. As long as you are managing your tasks and staying organized, most companies have gotten more flexible with their hours. There are some great productivity tools out there such as Monday.com or Asana.com that can help you stay organized with your team from wherever you are. Even a simple checklist at home can help you stay focused and accomplish your goals. However you choose to organize your productivity is fine, but having some sort of organization is important.
Overall, remote work is here to stay, so we recommend trying to adjust the best you can. If you are interested in how Elemerce can help your company with marketing productivity, contact us today!