Working from home is here to stay (even after COVID)
The COVID 19 pandemic has left millions of people unemployed. If you don't get fired, you're probably working from home. While many remote workers are just happy to be able to continue their work, many of them are still looking forward to returning to the office at some point. However, this can never happen.
The future of the workplace
The global coronavirus pandemic will undoubtedly have a profound impact on various facets of life, including the workplace. And the business has certainly not been as productive since all of this started. According to CNN, 71% of employers have difficulty adapting to remote jobs. 65 percent of employers said maintaining work ethic during this time was also difficult.
How will all of this change the future of the office?
Not surprisingly, many more people will be working from home. Around 64% of Americans already work from home in some way, but you will find that more and more companies are enabling employees to work from home more often. As soon as the leases expire, some companies can delete their offices entirely.
Those who want to maintain a physical workspace are likely to have to make major changes to the traditional office to maintain a physical distance between employees. Many offices will remove the shared work area and return to closed offices and cabins. Once the coworking space is born, it can be removed.
Tips for working from home
A key component to being a productive remote worker is the ability to adapt to changes as they occur. In the current environment, it can be said with certainty that most people can adapt to changes at a certain level. However, many workers and employers find it difficult to adjust to this change. Once you work from home all day, some of these tips should help you keep your workload on track.
- Set a schedule for yourself. If you have a set schedule, you can maintain productivity. Get up, get dressed, have breakfast at the same time. This will motivate you all week long.
- Make sure you check in. Checking in with a colleague on a daily basis is always a good idea, especially if you miss the camaraderie of the office. Set up a quick Google chat or Skype check-in to see how it goes.
- Use virtual tools. There are endless tools to help remote workers. Do your research and find out what works well with your devices. Google Suite can work wonders to keep you organized.
- Designate a work area at home. Don't just crawl out of bed and mosey to the couch. Place yourself in an office at home. If you don't have office space, make sure you set up a room that feels like a work area before you start.
- Eliminate the distractions. Namely your smartphone. When you were in an office, you could see yourself playing around (or otherwise) on your phone. When you're at home, do everything you can to eliminate these distractions by turning on Do Not Disturb or other notification silencers.
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One thing is certain. All of this will pass over time. The job market in the United States is no stranger to the crisis. Roll the blows and push forward.
Reader, how do you deal with work from home?