Are you working remotely? Working from home (WFH) has become the new normal for many in recent weeks, as well as for the employees in the Copart marketing team. While the idea of WFH may seem appealing to many workers, a lot of them have agreed that it is difficult to do in practice. In this blog, I am sharing with you how my team stays connected and produces effective results while working from home.
Be Technology Ready
Technology is what gives us the ability to work from home. That’s why it’s important to make sure you have everything you need to complete your tasks, whether that be additional monitors, a mouse, keyboard, laptops, software, or WiFi. I suggest talking to your manager or IT department about getting the specific tools that are essential for your job. You should also make sure that you are familiar with all the software and online communication tools your company uses so you can stay connected with your team.
Working with colleagues in the office already requires a massive amount of communication. Naturally, WFH bears an extra amount of effort in order to communicate effectively. At Copart, I encourage my team and colleagues to favor MORE communication than leave some details unsaid. It’s easy for others to make assumptions and fill in the information if you do not mention them. Let your team know what you are working on every day so they do not lose track of you. Our team also manages regular virtual meetings and standups. During our virtual sessions, we follow a meeting agenda and provide opportunities for questions or comments throughout the call to make sure everyone gets to participate.
Working in your pajamas might be comfortable, but getting dressed for work is an essential part of getting ready for the workday. Ladders points out that getting dressed for work while at home put us in the right headspace and promote productivity. It’s also less embarrassing when you need to give a last-minute video presentation.
Designate a Workplace
If you are currently working from home, then chances are your loved ones are at home as well. In this case, I would recommend not mixing your “work time” with personal time. It is essential to plan out a schedule for yourself. By that, I mean having a designated work desk and setting boundaries with your loved ones while you are working. However, if an urgent family matter comes up and you need to go, Forbes suggests you talk to your team or colleagues and make them aware of your situation. Most organizations will understand if you have unique circumstances so do not be afraid to express your personal needs.
Since there is no need to travel to the office while working from home, many may find themselves working even more hours. If this sounds like you, you may want to learn to unplug and give yourself a break. Use an hour or so to exercise, take a walk or just rest. Taking care of yourself can help boost your energy and clear your head when you are ready to come back to work again.
What are some of your WFH tips? Let us know in the comment section below and we can be more productive together.