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REMOTE WORKING: A Comprehensive Guide

Updated: Apr 1

Tools and strategies in managing remote working
















In recent years, remote working has seen substantial growth within the workforce. This began even before the COVID-Pandemic, but since the outbreak it has more than doubled in scale.


Whilst the majority of roles within healthcare are on-site, this isn’t to say that the healthcare profession is exempt from the effects of the ever-increasing remote workforce. From the introduction of the NHS app to the significant increase of telephone appointments and the expansion of hybrid roles, it is evident that the healthcare profession is also included in feeling the effects.


There are multiple advantages and disadvantages that come with this boost in home working. To some, working entirely from a laptop can seem intimidating and unfamiliar. On the other hand, for those that might be more skilled and confident in their computer skills, it could be a dream come true.


Despite your feelings on the matter, it is important to adapt to the ever moving, transforming workforce. Whether we like it or not, things are becoming more remote. Whether it’s zoom calls or Deliveroo orders, you can do everything from your phone these days.


In order to stay afloat, we must move with the times. It might seem unfair that circumstances have seemingly thrown working remotely in our laps, but it is important to remember that regardless of the situation, there are ways and means for all to benefit. In this guide, we’ll discuss some helpful hints and tips to support you in your remote working journey.


1. CREATE A DEDICATED WORKSPACE


Let’s be real, it can be tempting to designate your bed as an office when working from home. Not only is this normal, but it is also expected. Before the COVID days, not many of us had to tackle the issue of separating work from home, and it can be extremely difficult to differentiate from the two.


Usually, we identify our home space as a sanctuary whereby we can switch off and put our feet up. However, now that many of us are working from home, we now must find a way to switch on our ‘work brain’, which is difficult to do in a place typically associated with rest and relaxation.


To fix this problem, allocating an ‘office’ space can be hugely beneficial. In doing so, you create a space which you can mentally associate as a place of work, thus limiting distraction and reinforcing productivity.



2. TACKLING TECHNOLOGY


Some people find using technology a breeze. For others, it can be an absolute mine field. However, regardless of your skill, everyone should strive to ensure that they are up to scratch in their ability to use the vital applications. By doing so, working from home becomes much easier and more effective.


An example of this is Zoom and Teams Meetings, which are a holy grail in the world of remote working. Mastering the use of these video conference apps provides you with countless benefits. For instance, when communication becomes foggy over email or WhatsApp, virtual meetings allow you to instantly liaise with your colleagues.



3. CREATE STRUCTURE


A huge way to aid your productivity from home is to initiate structure into your day. Essentially, when working from home you should envision that you are enacting a day at the office. Here are a few methods of formulating a successful routine:


- Waking up at a specific time

- Getting dressed properly – no more dressing gown!

- Setting yourself a dedicated break-time

- Creating a timetable to keep track of your hours within the week

- Ensuring that you finish at a set time


By introducing these methods, you not only increase motivation and productivity, but you also prevent burnout. It is easy to spill over your hours or forget to take a break when working remotely. Creating structure helps you avoid mistakes like these, and is beneficial for not only work output, but also maintaining your wellbeing.



4. SET BOUNDARIES


Creating a healthy environment when working from home is crucial. In order to maintain balance, emphasis should be placed on creating a gap between your work life and home life. Setting boundaries allows you to stay focused and disciplined, as well as transforming your workday into a virtuous cycle. Below is a list of a few strategies that could be introduced:


- Keeping your friends and family in the loop – e.g telling your loved ones (politely) to ‘do not disturb’. Less distraction means more productivity!

- Leave other duties for later – you can do the washing up when you have finished work!

- Stick to specific goals – creating a distinct list of objectives is helpful in keeping yourself accountable, motivated, and reduces the likelihood of needing to work over-time.



Ultimately, it seems that home working is here to stay. To achieve the best results, it is vital to adapt. By implementing these tips and tricks, home working will be made easier.



 


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