What to Do if COVID-19 Forces You to Work From Home
What to Do if COVID-19 Forces You to Work From Home
Some work from home tips might help you acclimate to the new world order if you are affected by COVID-19, so read on.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the world’s population in unprecedented ways. As nations struggle to stem the spread of coronavirus, radical measures such as enforced social distancing are being implemented to help control the outbreak. The hope is that by minimizing interpersonal contact we can slow the number of new cases so hospital facilities are not overwhelmed. Left unchecked, the virus spreads too rapidly for our modern healthcare system to handle.
Policies put in place by governments around the world have forced many businesses to close with workers temporarily losing their jobs for the foreseeable future. Some jobs give employees the opportunity of working from home.
"Remote work isn’t always as Instagram-worthy as it may seem. In fact, many remote workers struggle with unplugging from their work, loneliness and communicating."
— Buffer.com Study
While this is definitely preferred over being unemployed, it can be challenging for individuals who are accustomed to traveling to the workplace every day. Some work from home tips might help you acclimate to the new world order if you are in this situation, so read on.
Working From Home Tips
People who are used to the social environment of the workplace can find it difficult when asked to perform their jobs from home. Even if your job functions can all be done remotely, some differences threaten to impact your productivity and mental outlook. It can be hard to maintain focus on the work at hand. Here are some issues you may encounter in your new workplace and some tips that may help you get through these tough times as you work from home.
Maintaining productivity is a problem that faces many individuals as they transition from a traditional workplace environment to working from home. Many distractions may prevent you from giving full attention to your work duties. Children, pets, and household chores might eat into your productivity. You can take some specific actions that can make it easier to keep your focus on work.
- Get dressed for work rather than working in pajamas and maintain good grooming habits. It may seem silly, but treating your work from home situation similarly to commuting to the office can help to develop a more productive mindset. You also will look good when suddenly asked to attend a previously unscheduled video conference.
- Start and stop working at designated times and work from a specific location in your home. You don’t necessarily have to keep the same schedule as in the workplace unless it is demanded by your specific job or position. It may be that you need to work alternate hours due to small children needing your attention during the day. Aim for a specific block of time that will constitute your workday and try to stick to it whenever possible. Don’t get into the habit of pulling out the laptop and working from bed.
- Set definite and realistic goals for the amount of work you will get done each day. It can be easy to be distracted and put things off until tomorrow. This is a good way to get far behind and cause you to pull an all-nighter to catch up. Avoid this problem by setting goals and a schedule every day.
- Social media can help minimize the sense of isolation but use it carefully. It can be easy to get sidetracked and spend the day idly chatting when you should be concentrating on getting some work done.
Tools for At-Home Workers
Many workers rely heavily on their computers to get their jobs done. When forced to suddenly work remotely, they may be using home systems that were not previously set up to handle the workload. In some cases, it may be necessary to perform work functions on computers that are shared with other family members. This introduces some problems, as inadvertent data loss may occur by someone making a simple mistake.
- Problems with your technology solutions may be more difficult to resolve. There’s no IT guy down the hall to bail you out when computer issues crop up. You may be responsible for storing company data on your personal home computer and making sure it stays safe. Backing up your data frequently is one tactic that can help with this problem. You may want to engage a cloud service to back up your work files so they can be accessed from any location.
- Anti-virus software is an important tool that can protect your computer and its data while you are working from home. Unfortunately, some hackers are taking advantage of the fear and confusion surrounding the pandemic to launch an increased number of attacks. Clicking on the wrong link can expose your system to a malware infection. Getting hit with a virus or malware infection can destroy your machine and leave you struggling to perform a disaster recovery operation. You don’t need that kind of excitement with everything else that’s going on these days. Obtain a reputable anti-virus solution, scan your complete system, and keep the databases up to date to deal with new threats.
- Data recovery tools are an essential component of the software resources of remote workers’ computers. Having a comprehensive data recovery and protection tool can be instrumental in enabling you to quickly recover from a data loss scenario and get back to work. You really don’t want to have to tell your boss that your presentation was deleted from your machine by your spouse or child. With a data recovery software, you can also create a byte-level backup that can be used to recover your system in case of a failure.
Though there may be some challenges to working from home, they can all be addressed to some degree. The sacrifices we all make can be the difference between slowing the virus and allowing it to run rampant through the population. Do your part and stay at home, stay safe, and stay strong.
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