As working from home become part of the new normal, Wilma and Will are adapting to it in their own ways.
Hi Will, How are you doing? Hope you've settled in well with your home office?
Hello Wilma, glad to hear from you! Hope you are well and safe!
And yes, I have finally found my workspace - with sufficient light, comfortable temperature, away from my relaxation area and without disruptive noise. I did have a couple of trial and error moments and glad I could finally set up my space. And guess what! My pet Milo rarely leaves my side. It's a good thing I get to spend more time with him too!
That's great to hear! It's important to ensure our work environment is safe and secure.
I have also created clear boundaries with other people at home, so we know when I'm working and when I'm not. Even small signals such as closing a door or putting headphones on, indicate I'm working and this helps manage expectations & avoid distractions.
Establishing a routine is very important as you've mentioned and it's good to have a clear distinction between your working hours, non-working hours and add in some regular breaks. I hope you take breaks, Wilma? I take breaks away from my workspace and get some fresh air if possible.
Yes, you are right. I also create small rituals that indicate the start or end of my working day- like having a cup of tea, setting up my workplace or creating a to-do list for the next day.
Will, do you also have any suggestions to stay connected with our colleagues? I know that feelings of loneliness and isolation are common problems for employees working remotely, particularly if they are an extrovert and thrive when working close to others.
To be continued
Oh yes -- Don’t let email be the only way you connect. - Pick up the phone to call a colleague - Use instant messaging and audio/video conferencing - Use Feedback365+ to provide feedback to your colleague - Use Simply Thank You to thank them and keep them motivated - Keep a positive tone in your communication and assume positive intent from communication received.