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Tips To Improve Remote Working

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! 

Best Productivity Apps for 2021

In today’s work culture, most businesses with the capability to work remotely have transitioned to work from home due to the pandemic, and many are finding the productivity of their employees to be improved. This abrupt transition to remote work took place almost a year ago, but now companies are finally figuring out the best protocols and the best tools to achieve success. 

 

Staying organized and on-track without checking in with your team every day has been something organizations have had to figure out, but thanks to productivity software, teams have been able to organize their workflows better than before. 

 

There are a ton of apps out there so sign up for the free trials and see if the functions work for your workflow and organization style. Each will have different notification options, view styles, templates, integrations, and progress tracking. From sticky notes to fancy spreadsheets, it can be a lot to adjust to but once businesses embrace its functions, it is easier to stay on track with deadlines, communication, and collaboration. 

 

Here are the best productivity apps for 2021: 

 

Monday

Monday has been growing in popularity because of its easy integrations, affordability, and templates. Small businesses can actually afford this software at seats costing $9/month. It integrates with Google, Slack, and other popular tools. Monday comes with ready-to-use templates for freelancers, project management, construction projects, real estate, and even schoolwork.  

 

Basecamp

The functionality of Basecamp is favored by people who aren’t visual and don’t want functions like Gantt Charts. It is a top-rated collaboration tool that’s been a popular choice for cloud-based teamwork for a while. At $999 for a year for unlimited projects and members, this can be a solid option for large companies, and organizing tasks for multiple clients. There is also a bulletin board where you can make company-wide announcements too. 

 

Asana

Asana has been the lead productivity app for a while and with good reason. Its functionality is easy to use and can be applied across any industry, but especially great for those with visual components. You can upload images directly into tasks, set recurring tasks, and organize team workflow with different view options. Some teams like the KanBan view, some prefer the Gantt Chart, and some prefer a task list organized by date. The starting plan is $10.99/month per seat making it good for large and small companies. 

 

No matter what productivity tool your organization chooses to use, the key is to get all employees on board with using it. All these programs offer training tools and tutorials so share them with your team and get your workflow on today!