If you’ve been lucky enough to work through the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ve likely spent some of – if not all – your hours at home. In light of this development, companies nationwide are considering a permanent switch to remote work.
The idea makes sense. If people can do their jobs remote, companies can cut significant overhead costs, allowing them to hire more employees and pay the ones currently on staff more money. If you find yourself in this boat, you may be overjoyed, or you may be stressed beyond measure. Either way, you might have been ready for a temporary work-from-home situation before, but odds are you weren’t planning on a full-time solution moving forward. If your company moves in this direction, are you ready?
Set Up a Work-From-Home Station – Permanently
If you plan to be productive during these new times, working from the couch is not going to cut it. You may have been able to get by while watching TV for a few weeks, but do you really expect to grow while you watch shows, listen to your kids play, or find yourself dealing with other everyday distractions?
Turning a spare bedroom into an office is a really good idea for a few reasons. For starters, it allows you to separate work from play, giving you the peace of mind you need to spark productivity. It also lets you decorate in a way that might make you more creative. And if you don’t have a spare room, there are plenty of office spaces for lease in the city that you could rent out during the day to make your situation feel less “homey.”
Invest in a New Laptop or Dual Monitor
If you company supplies your technology for you, great! If not, you’ll want to make sure your at-home equipment is suitable for a full-time job. This isn’t only good advice for your hands-on hardware, but for all things rooted in technology. Make sure you have a solid Wi-Fi connection, a decent modem, and some speakers or headphones to drown out the noise.
Meal Prep to Save Some Cash
If you used to go out to eat every day, now is a great time to start saving money. If you used to bring your lunch to work every day, don’t stop now! Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean your routine needs to stop.
In fact, this doesn’t just go for food, but for all things work-related. Wake up on time. Shower. Dress to impress. Keep your work station clean. Take (reasonable) breaks. To make your home a true work environment, you need to treat it as such from 9-5, or whenever your shift is.
Whatever your situation is and has been, COVID-19 has certainly taught us all a few things about our work lives. Treat the experience as one of learning and you’ll be surprised by how much new knowledge you come away with.