Working from home isn’t new for some, but for others it may be a challenging transition to move away from the routine hustle and bustle of the workplace. Some members of PsychMed are currently self-isolating and working through changes just like the rest of Australia. These are some of the tips we talked about together before they left the office.
Pyjamas are not a uniform
We’re sorry to break it to you but you should start your work day as you normally would – by washing and dressing for your job. You may not need to dress as formally but going through the motions will help you feel fresh and get into the right headspace.
Create a dedicated workspace
Set-up shop in a private area of your house with minimal noise and adequate lighting – bonus points for natural lighting. Ask to borrow equipment from your workplace to make working from home more comfortable.
Be mindful of confidential communication
Confidentiality and privacy are core ethical principles in psychology but can be pivotal in other industries too. Consider who has access to your computer and paper files or may overhear conversations when setting up your office and choosing your equipment.
Set a schedule
It’s important to clearly define your work-life boundary so you can switch off. Use your usual scheduling procedures to organise your day and tasks with agreed working hours. After your close of business, disconnect from all work-related accounts and enjoy family or self-care time.
People, pets, and Netflix all come under this category. Limit temptations to engage in non-work activities by closing doors, setting boundaries with others, and setting up your work station away from the TV.
Take regular breaks
These are the times for fluffy cuddles with your pet, stepping outside to clear your head, or having a coffee break with your significant other. Research shows that regular breaks can increase our productivity – just make sure you schedule them in!
Discuss difficulties with your manager or team leader
It’s natural to encounter some bumps in the road while adjusting to working from home. Your manager’s role is to lead and support you so if you need something – tell them. This may be equipment, training, ways to streamline procedures, time off, or adjusted hours. You won’t know how they can help until you ask.
Keep in touch
Remember to stay in contact with your colleagues by phone, email, messaging systems, or videoconferencing to manage tasks, workload, and timelines. Don’t forget to remotely catch-up round the digital water cooler too!