As COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to sway people and organizations around the world in the last few weeks, it has forced employees to work remotely during social distancing periods. It can be hard to stay determined, dedicated and constructive when you have interruptions like children, television, and laundry evidently stacking up right before your eyes. Working from home has its benefits, but it also requires a few modifications if you have never done it before. But don’t worry, if you’re wondering how to work from home during coronavirus, we have got some interesting tips for you.

6 tips to stay accountable, collaborative, and productive as you work from home 

 

  1. Create a workspace that works 

Having a spot in your house or apartment for work helps you escape the feeling like your job is taking over your whole life. Try to find a place in your home that is comfortable for a full day’s worth of work. A desk or table, along with a chair that you are relaxed sitting in for a prolonged period. 

Avoid the need to work from your couch, or worse yet, your bed. A vital part of making working from home in the long haul is keeping your workspace separate from your living and napping spaces. 

 

     2. Stay vigilant against data risks  

Just because you’re not in the office doesn’t mean you’re not a target for hackers. Your work machine is incredibly valuable for thieves and criminals. There are increasing numbers of Coronavirus-based phishing emails going around, it becomes crucial that you abide by the application security in helping to keep the data secure from cyber internet threats. Whether your applications are in the cloud or whether on-premises, data security will always be paramount. 

HCL BigFix offers unique and profound capabilities that allow you to monitor, maintain, patch and keep in compliance your entire endpoint fleet, no matter your location.

HCL Unica allows you to design and execute inbound and outbound campaigns along with campaign tracking and supports on-premise, cloud, or hybrid environments giving you a peace of mind during the time of crisis.   

 

3. Get organized 

Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean your day shouldn’t be structured. When you work remotely, your commute time falls to zero, your housemates become your officemates, and your breakroom is your kitchen. Because of the ease of working from home, it’s enticing to slide out of your usual routine and stop waking up early or changing out of your nightwear. Don’t give in!

You may not be able to stick to your old routine precisely as it was, but you should still structure your day. 

 

4. Take clear breaks 

It can be so easy to get distracted as a telecommuter that you avoid breaks altogether. While working from your home can be great, sometimes you need to break up the day. Have your lunch with your family, be ready for your kids earlier in the day and get some extra snuggle with them or get quiet time for yourself! 

 

      5. Maintain communication and connection 

When working remotely from home, creating a connection and over communicating with your coworkers becomes very important – not only in terms of detailing out the decisions and meetings but also in terms of reaching out. 

Don’t hesitate to schedule a meeting, drop a message or share a file and stay connected.   

HCL Connections and HCL Sametime power your people and secures your conversations across the device by maintaining the team working and collaboration in real-time with individuals inside your organization.  

 

         6. Get dressed

Though it sounds like snatching the best privilege of working from home. But the habit of getting dressed up in the a.m. before work helps delineate your day. When the work clothes are on, it’s time for action. Change back into those relaxing clothes. 

 

Learning to work from home productively is tricky for anyone. If you’re feeling swamped by the unique challenges of remote work, you don’t have to perfect these six areas right away. These tough times have brought us into our home offices to work. But keep these silver linings in mind: 

  • No commuting
  • Homemade lunch, and 
  • Social distancing 

  Stay safe and healthy, everyone. 

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