The COVID pandemic has forced a large number of organizations to experiment with Work from Home. There is a general concern that employees experience a reduction in their overall productivity and efficiency while working from home. So, this article aims to provide a few tips to maximize the productivity of ‘Work from Home’ employees.
The advancement in digital technologies has made it easier for employees to virtually work from anywhere.
Several reasons make ‘work from home‘ a favorable option for both employees and organizations. The most important of these are as follows:
While working from home comes with its advantages, it can also lead to procrastination and distraction.
This can, in turn, result in a decline in the accountability of employees and thus impact their productivity.
Here are a few effective tips for employees to stay productive when they work from home:
1. Set up a dedicated work area
2. Create a regular schedule and follow it strictly
3. Be sure to take regular breaks
4. Choose the work hours that suit you
The first important step for employees working from home to ensure productivity is to set up a dedicated work area.
This could be a room or a part of the house where they are least likely to be disturbed. Hence, it enables them to work in the same focused way as they do at the office.
It is important for employees working from home to establish a well-thought-out schedule and ensure strict adherence to the same.
They should share the schedule with their family members and friends to minimize the chances of distraction from these sources.
Even simple things like shutting the door or drawing the curtain can help make others aware that they are at work.
Moreover, when they follow their schedule rigorously like in the office, their loved ones will also understand their schedule.
Employees need to keep their work routine as natural as possible to ensure that their productivity is not impacted negatively.
Hence, they should take regular short breaks from work to refresh their minds and relax their muscles.
This will help improve their overall efficiency and enhance their time management.
Employees can utilize these breaks for family interaction, refreshments, and light exercises to revitalize their minds and bodies.
Every employee is different in terms of the time of the day (or night) when they are most productive.
‘Work from home’ can result in higher productivity if employees have the freedom to choose their most productive work hours.
Hence, employees can choose to start work early or late if they do not have to follow the regular office hours.
The focus should be on getting the work done on time rather than on when or how it is done.
Being able to choose their work hours reduces stress and enhances efficiencies in the long run.
Of course, employees need to ensure that they have enough overlap with their supervisors, co-workers, and customers as their work requires.
‘Work from Home‘ can be a powerful tool for organizations; they can keep in mind a few simple guidelines to help employees maximize their productivity while working from home.
Lead author: Sagar Chaudhuri, the Co-Founder and CEO of HiFives. He is an HR Tech Evangelist with over 25 years of corporate and entrepreneurship experience. In the past, Sagar has worked with companies such as Genpact, Infosys, and ICICI Bank, in leadership roles. He has an engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur and an MBA from IIM Lucknow. Connect on LinkedIn
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