COVID-19 has had a sudden impact on our lives. Has the coronavirus forced you to work from home? Thousands of Canadians are all of a sudden faced with the prospect of working from home. For many of us, this is a completely new situation. It may take a couple of days for you to get your bearings and get into the flow.
To help you get the most out of your time, our Toronto recruiters have put together these tips:
If you’ve been instructed to work from home, the odds are you have been provided some direction about the best way to do so. Make sure you follow the protocols in place. If possible, get all the resources you need from your place of work and bring them home so you can do your job effectively.
It’s never been easier to stay connected. Lots of people work remotely already. Make sure you have all the technology you need to work collaboratively with your colleagues. Use FaceTime, chat and messenger apps, and online meeting programs. These tools will make it easier for you to have work conversations, share files, and get work done.
Not everyone has a home office. If you do, great. Task accomplished. But, if you don’t, create a workspace. It could be your dining room table, a spare room, or anywhere else in your home that allows you to work distraction-free. Try to make the space comfortable and accommodating. Gather all your work supplies and items you’ll need.
If you usually work 9 – 5, try to stick to the same hours. You may be tempted to sleep in a little later or plug away at tasks at your leisure. Stick to your daily routine. Get up at the same time, get dressed, and get ready for the workday. Take your lunch and breaks at the same time. One good thing about working from home is you can make a fresh lunch each day.
The distractions you normally face at work can be very different from the distractions at home. Turn off social media alerts and keep your phone out of reach. While you may be tempted, resist the urge to work in front of the TV. Don’t worry about the dishes or doing the laundry. Focus on the task at hand. All other normal household activities should be saved for outside of work hours.
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Randy co-founded IQ PARTNERS in 2001 and currently operates as a Senior Partner, focusing on business development within executive search, media, and sales recruitment. His accomplishments include building over a dozen digital media sales teams for digital start-ups, publishers, and mobile app developers. He has also helped launch an international smartphone manufacturer from the ground up, building its entire hardware, software, and sales teams.