If you have made a successful flexible working application, it is time to start preparing. In order to make the transition from the office to working from home both smooth and successful, take a look at our advice below.
As a mother, this may be hard, but if you choose to work from home for your family you need to create a space that is entirely dedicated to work. This will effectively be your office, so make sure your workstation has all the equipment you’ll need to work efficiently. Make sure that your family understand and respect this space, as well as your need to work. You will need to focus too; don’t let household chores distract you.
Develop a routine
If you are working remotely to assist your work/life balance, set your timetable to do just that. If you are in charge of getting the children ready for school, start work as soon as you get home. Use your time to your advantage by making the most of your time. Ensure that your work and personal life remain separate.
Now that you have a workstation and a timetable, it’s time to get productive. Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you can relax and work any less – you still have the same responsibilities that you had in the office. Manage your time and stay organised. Set yourself goals and stick to them. But remember to allow yourself breaks. Go outside, have coffee in the garden if its good weather, or meet with a friend for lunch.
A great way to stay on track with your work is to stay in contact with your colleagues. Start by letting people know what times you’re available. Its important that your colleagues know when they can reach you, as well as when to expect a reply. Active communication can convey that you are approachable, trustworthy and dependable. You can still be an active member of the team from any location.
Use the right tools
There are a number of tools you can use to aid communication and collaboration. You can schedule regular webinars for feedback and brainstorming sessions using either Skype or Google Hangout. If you want to keep on top of your projects, you can use applications like Basecamp to keep to deadlines and keep others updated on your progress.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
You can do all the planning in the world, but working from home is a major transition for anyone. It will take time to find and settle into a rhythm. If you feel like you need help, whether that is professionally or emotionally, just ask! If you have concerns about work, be open and don’t be afraid to ask questions. This may be a period of adjustment for your employer and colleagues too.
We hope that these suggestions have given you a better idea of what to expect when making the transition to remote working.
About the author: Sara Parker blogs for Face for Business – providers of telephone answering services to UK SMEs.