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Tips for transitioning from the office to working from home

Kaur from OMS shares some top tips to support you if you are currently working from home.

When it comes to COVID-19 it’s not clear how long people will be at home, possibly for many weeks or months to come.

Even with various tools at our fingertips (FB, Skype, Zoom, Twitter, Instagram etc.) the unexpected nature of the transition from an office to the home environment could leave some struggling to get accustomed to change and fundamental adjustments should be implemented to help us settle into this new way of working.

Out of sight, out of mind can be a real problem for remote workers.  

Sara Sutton, CEO & Founder of FlexJobs

I’ve collated some useful top tips on working from home (WFH) to make this a smooth and seamless transition from office to home process as possible for each of you.  Please take the time to read through.

WFH Top Tips

1 - Treat it like a real job … because it is!

- Take a shower, get dressed as if going to work.

- Create a daily routine which helps keep you focused:

  • Set times to ensure your breaks, breakfast and lunch are taken daily
  • Regular intervals - take time away from your screen
  • Finish your working day at your usual time

2 - Creating an office space

If you don't have an office, do as much as you can to create an ad hoc, bespoke space exclusive for work.

- Create a dedicated workspace - provides a place you can truly focus and concentrate

- Open windows to allow fresh into your office environment

- Where possible, locate yourself near natural light

- Sit in a comfortable chair which feels like it’s at the right height relative to your PC

- Sit properly, with lower back support, ensuring desk equipment is within reach

- Create boundaries within the home so family members understand ‘when the door is closed, pretend I’m not there’.

3 - Maintaining a positive mindset while WFH

It's the little things that we do that will provide a positive impact on your well being.

At regular intervals, remember to take a short break (no more than five minutes) away from your screen.  

In this time you could:

- Change posture – see NHS posture tips and refocus eyes

- Make a hot or cold drink

- Take a simple stretch

- Get some fresh air in the back garden and if you’re lucky enough, take in some vitamin D

Be mindful and kind to yourself.

- Try and eat well. Keep healthy snacks to hand and ensure breaks & lunchtimes are taken daily

- Keep hydrated, drink plenty of water

- Feeling overwhelmed?  A short meditation can go a long way in bringing peace and calmness into your working day, check it out here!

4 - Avoid feeling isolated

It's important to take care of your mental health during times of decreased social interactions and added stress.

Stay connected & keep socialising:

- Video/call family & friends, particularly on days that you might be struggling or feeling low

- Interact on social media e.g. create & respond to posts, join FB & Instagram ‘Lives’ & Podcasts

- Stay in touch by texting or instant messenger

Free time:

- Join an online book club like the ones at Goodreads

- Create a playlist of happy songs and listen to those

- Endless supply of tutorials available on YouTube such as baking, crafts, rebuilding a car, games or anything else that might be of interest to you

- Catch-up on all those missed series/films on Netflix, Prime Video and other services. 

- Create a family tree using genealogy websites

Find sources of comfort:

- Give yourself and / or partner a foot massage or use a foot spa

- Take a bubble bath

- Focus on your pet and/ or playing your favourite video game

- Cook healthy comfort food

- Watch your favourite TV shows, films and documentaries or read a book

- Have a cup of herbal tea (Chamomile will help you to relax)

- Light scented candles (Lavender will help to reduce stress)

- Important to ensure that you are getting enough rest and sleep

5 - Be aware of risks

During this time hackers may be likely to take advantage of this situation by Covid-19 relating phishing emails.

These emails will play on people's fears promising the latest information, new dashboards and information about cures. Please remain vigilant. Only rely on reputable news sources and if unsure, report any suspicious emails to your IT department at work and / or merely delete the email without opening it. 

For extra precaution and security measures, ensure during and / or end of the day;

- Laptops are locked when not in use and log out of them every evening

- Ensure that you log-out of accounts/browers like Google Drive or accounts/browers based websites as these accounts are likely to hold important personal information on you.

I hope these tops tips provided added value.  However, this list is not exhaustive, there are more relevant tips for each of us, so I would encourage each of you to discover what works best for you.

Stay safe, find inner peace and feel the warmth and love that surrounds you!

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