Let Atlantic Partners give you solid tips on how to be an effective employee while you are Working From Home.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, many businesses and companies have had to make sudden, drastic changes to “business as usual”. One of the more notable changes that many businesses have made is the shift to remote work. Working from home is the “new normal”.

 

Remote Working is Efficient

In the wake of this global pandemic, the shift to working from home seemed like the natural next step. Our modern world is already consumed by everything technology, so working remotely from a computer didn’t seem too far-fetched. Remote work has proven to be efficient, being that a lot of businesses are staying afloat during this time, and employees have the resources to operate business from their personal or work laptops or computers. Handling projects, hosting virtual meetings, and business phone calls can all be handled by clicks on the computer or cell phone, and work can still progress from afar.

Flexibility and Optimizing Your Time

There can be great advantages of working from home that can make this overall remote experience more pleasurable, as well as sustainable. A good perk of working from home is a more flexible schedule. Unless you have meetings or phone calls that are scheduled to take place at a particular time, you can conduct your business and work on your assignments pretty much at whatever time during the day you see fit. Also, you can save time and money when working from home due to lack of a commute. Much of people’s commute consists of sitting in the car, or utilizing public transportation, for extended periods of time during traffic hours. This not only wastes your gas, but you also have to dedicate time to leaving early in order to get to work on time. When you work from home, you have zero commute and don’t have to get up extra early in order to get to work on time, thus saving you some extra money at the end of the day, as well as time. Another great perk is that you get to do work in comfy clothes. Many working professionals have specific attire that they must wear for work, but sometimes this apparel is not always the coziest. At home, it doesn’t really matter what you wear while you perform your work, and lounging in your pajamas all day isn’t such a bad thing. Lastly, you can spend more time with loved ones. Since you have a more flexible schedule, you can get up earlier and complete tasks quicker in order to optimize your time with the people you love. You also don’t have to waste hours in the car going to work or coming home, so you have more time to spend with them.

Disadvantages to Work From Home

Although the advantages can be plentiful and awesome, there are of course some disadvantages and downsides to working from home. First and foremost, willpower! Your home is your safe haven. It prioritizes comfiness and relaxation, and is suited to your needs. With that being said, when you are placed in that environment and expected to perform work to the best of your ability, it can be very challenging. You won’t always muster up the motivation or determination to complete your assignments, or perform them to the best of your capabilities. In unison, lack of willpower can also prevent you from being able to stick to a routine. Since the shift to remote work due to this pandemic, almost everyone is at home all together. When everyone is thrown out of their rhythm and have to work from home unexpectedly, the routine is shot and it can be hard to divvy up time to do all the tasks you need to complete. Another disadvantage of working from home is working slower. It can be enticing to slow down your pace, take frequent breaks, watch a quick video, take out the laundry, do the dishes, make lunch, etc. By doing all of these tasks during normal business hours, you can begin to slow down your pace and consequently, get things done at a slower rate.

 

Work From Home Can be Great, but Be Mindful of Your Needs

The best way to navigate working from home is to find what best suits your lifestyle. If you have little ones running around the house, perhaps schedule your work time during their nap times and bedtimes. You may have to become more of a night owl in order to get your work done without any distractions. If you know that you are easily unmotivated or easily distracted, be mindful of that and work diligently to better those behaviors. Working from home can be great, but it can also be very challenging in terms of focus, motivation, and work completion. Be aware of your lifestyle, as well as your needs, and act accordingly.