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Tips for Telecommuting

Telecommuting isn't anything particularly novel, but with the onset of the extremely novel COVID-19, came a rapid need for telecommuting nationwide. If working from home isn't something you have done much before, you may need a few tips on how to stay focused and get your work done as if you were at your desk in the office. By now you know how to telecommute, but are you aware of telecommuting best practices? Our blog gives you tips on how to work from home like a pro.

Get Ready for Work

Yes, you can technically wear your pajamas if you're working from home, but this doesn't necessarily inspire productivity. Have you heard of the saying "dress for success"? This is just as true for telecommuters. If you're married to wearing casual attire, consider waking up a few minutes earlier to take a shower, fix your hair, and change out of your pajamas into a comfortable outfit. However, there are those that take it a step further. Some find they are even more productive if they fully dress the part – even if no one sees it.

Establish Office Hours

Everyone is different, but the two most frequent issues with working from home are working too much or working too little. To avoid either of the scenarios, set office hours to help you have a clear-cut start and stop time. This can also help you separate work life from home life. Work when it's time to work, but also spend time with your family when the work is done.

Invest in Dedicated Workspace

You may find yourself distracted if you're working in your bedroom or living room. One way you can keep yourself focused is to create a designated workspace whether this be the dining room table or a home office workspace. Perhaps tidy up this space to ensure you don't get distracted by your lurking chore list. Now all you have to do is establish a functional set up and then get to work!

Communicate Effectively

This looks different depending on your company and industry, but it's important to be available, especially during the typical work hours. This allows for effective communication and fluidity with projects. If you're working from home, you don't want to delay someone else's productivity just because you forgot to check your email or phone.

Invest in Technology

There are so many apps that will help you stay organized and stay connected. One option is Microsoft Teams. This application allows for instant messaging, phone calls, video chats, and screen sharing. To help your organization, you can also download OneNote which serves as an online notebook of sorts with various tabs and sections. Download these apps and encourage your coworkers or employees to do the same – you won't regret it! Do you have other needs? Do some research because there is a whole world of free apps that can help you. If you need some additional help with your technology needs, contact our friends at Technical Resource Solutions!

Plan, Plan, Plan

They say that a goal without a plan is just a wish – and it's true! If you start your day with no goals, plans, or expectations, you likely won't be very productive. Even if your day ends up going off the rails with unexpected tasks, keep on the path towards your main goals. You'll feel great once your primary goals are accomplished. However, take note to set achievable goals. If you overwhelm yourself with a huge list of goals, you will be left feeling unaccomplished at the end of the day.

As we all navigate this uncertain time, we hope these tips for working remotely help employers and employees alike. Stay safe and remember that Stellaris is here for you if you have any questions regarding our HR services or COVID-19 as it relates to your operations and employees.

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