The “new” normal for me is now normal and will be for a very long time. My challenge now is how to make it work for me.
Looking at how my home office, do I need to invest in some new equipment.
In order to help me work my “normal” I researched some statistics on how a group in the UK have been adapting.
The statistics are UK findings based on 1,016 respondents working full-time remotely.
• 59% of UK employees working different hours than they used to
This statistic came as no surprise as you are working around your home life and you have no commuting. The positive that can be taken from this figure is that you can work when it is your prime time, when you can work to your optimum and get the best out of yourself.
The negative to this figure, we are all available and at home so we have been contacted at odd times of the day. If you are going to continue to work from home, then set some boundaries as a team as to when to communicate and when not to communicate. Having consensus on some core hours will not single out any individuals and also won’t lead to competitive behaviour.
• 62% rely on workplace tech to stay connected
This might be an investment area for many. How good is your Broadband is it time to source a new provider. Is it worth investing in Zoom so that meetings can be longer than 40 minutes or as a team is it better to be with Microsoft Teams.
• 36% are having fewer meetings
Although this seems like a statistic we should be applauding we need to ensure that this is not a breakdown of communications. Ensure that all your team members feel as connected as possible. Although we are all suffering from several video conferencing meetings, check whether a simple phone call works. Going forward as your normal make sure your meetings are no longer than an hour and you have an agenda or purpose for all the ones you attend.
• 30% say they are starting their working day earlier
• 27% are working later in the evening
For me going forward I am more than happy to start the day earlier, as my brain and energy are so much better in the morning and I don’t have a commute currently or a school run. The second percentage I am only going to let happen occasionally with a specific deadline, it will not become a habit.
• 31% say they are working from a desk
• 35% from a dining/kitchen table
• 20% from their sofa
• 5% work from their bed
The environment and set up you work in, can have a direct correlation to how effective you are. Your office set up needs to work for you and also needs to inspire you. Simple top tips, put your desk in the window or sit somewhere with a view.
Most importantly have a good desk/table and chair. One Client I work with has had to visit a chiropractor due to bad posture, incurred from more sitting down in their career than ever before.
My action is to paint my office – freshen it up (will work wonders for me psychologically). I can’t get out to Clients so make my space work for me.
• 45% challenges from enforced remote working are self-discipline
Set deadlines for yourself and book appointments for certain tasks. Committ to yourself and follow a realistic daily to-do list.
•23% “feeling like I can’t switch off”
When it is your own business it is hard to walk away, mentally and physically. The only way with my “normal” is to book time off. Companies will be encouraging everyone to take holiday now. When you have your time off do something completely different to your day job.
I am signing off now to book my holiday and paint the office.
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