Working at home part time is standard practice for Team TutorPro, both in the UK and US. In a past blog we have shared how the team’s work-life balance is enhanced at TutorPro and touched on remote working. As we continue to stay in touch with clients day-to-day, we have found that many are finding it tough, so we wanted to share TutorPro’s top tips for homeworking to help you remain healthy, engaged and motivated.
If you have any great tips we’ve missed, we’d love to hear from you!
Boundaries can easily become blurred whilst working from home. We recommended that each day you adhere to planned break-times and start/finish times. It is important for your wellbeing that you are strict with this!
It’s vital to continue to do what you would normally do if you were going into the office. Get up promptly, get dressed, get working! You will feel better for it.
Your working environment where possible should be in a safe, practical space, with security and privacy in which to work. Ideally your physical work location should be away from your normal day to day living within the home, although this may not be possible for everyone. If this is the case, consider the possibility of screening off a section in a room to maintain the division between home life and work.
Of course, it is important to maintain professionalism when working from home as there will be telephone calls, Team meetings, video conferencing and GoToMeetings with colleagues and clients. However, there will inevitably be occasions when home-life crosses into working life, for example, children calling your name, dogs barking, doorbell ringing to name but a few! If this should happen whilst you are on a phone call or in a meeting with a client or other professional, then simply explain the situation. We are all human and people will understand!
Videoconferencing is advisable when speaking to colleagues and for client meetings in order to retain the all-important ‘human contact’ element of your working day. If you’re using Teams for videoconferencing, remember the ‘Blur’ option is available to blur your background.
Enjoy your unique working environment – share a picture on social media, or with colleagues, of your new home setup as you get creative and personalize your workspace. Take a moment to upload a picture of your garden or a video of your pet performing tricks!
According to the World Health Organisation, inactivity is the fourth biggest risk factor in adult mortality – get moving! If you can’t stand up to do your work, get up every 30 minutes to stretch your chest and spine to reverse the hunched position of sitting at a desk. You will improve your posture, use more muscles and burn more calories this way and help reduce potential back and neck pain.
Whilst you’re waiting for the kettle to boil, throw in some lunges, squats and stretches – if nothing else it will keep the family, or pets, entertained!
Take regular walks to the kitchen (generally every 30-60 minutes) and grab yourself a glass of water. It’s easy to become dehydrated when you’re immersed in something. Set an alarm if necessary! Alternatively keep bottled water on your desk and drink regularly.
Don’t flop on the sofa in front of the TV. Take the opportunity to complete some household chores, walk the dog, do a Pilates workout or go for a run. You wouldn’t do any of these things from the office, so seize the moment!
So easily done at home – avoid temptation by preparing your food and snacks in advance. Working from home means you don’t need to grab a sandwich from the bakery; use your time wisely to prepare a healthy lunch and keep a safe distance from the biscuit tin!
What other ideas, pointers, do you have? Share them with your team. Perhaps a virtual lunchtime yoga session or a mini demonstration of a self-defense Krav Maga sequence?! We look forward to hearing your ideas!
The important thing is to stay connected with each other and stay happy, healthy, engaged and motivated!