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7 August, 2015

No place like working from the comfort of your home. Here are 10 top tips to make working from home less of a problem and more of a plus:

1. If you regularly carry your laptop back and forth from the office, get hold of a spare battery pack and keep it at home so you don’t have to remember it every time you plan to WFH (Work From Home).

2. Make sure you have a few ways for people to contact you – such as a mobile, a landline, email and instant messaging – so if one connectivity mode goes down for a while, your colleagues will still have a way to reach you – and you them.

3. Understand how to structure your working day for the greatest benefit to you and your company – whether that means doing a few hours early doors, taking the kids to school and walking the dog, or logging on late at night to free up time during the day. If you are able to bring a necessary – or less stressful – degree of flexibility to your working day then you should be more dedicated to your work and feel more energised. Your employer should see that as a definite benefit.

4. Tapping away on a laptop is fine on a plane but when working from home make sure you have a full size keyboard and a mouse – and a monitor if possible, as well as a comfortable work space – your wrists/neck/eyes/back will thank you in the end.

5. Make sure friends, family and partners understand what working from home is about and that they appreciate it’s not an ‘available for chores and errands day’.  Also, keep your work and home life separate even if the venue is the same. Some people favour a home office which is locked during out-of-office hours and off-limits to others during the working day.

6. Remember to take screen breaks and stretch your legs – go and make a phone call or a cup of tea – otherwise, before you know it, you’ll have been sat staring at the screen for four hours in a row and will have given yourself a headache.

7. Make sure you take a proper lunch hour and finish on time. There’s a great temptation to extend your working day at the beginning or end – feeling like it’s only time you would spend commuting anyway.

8. Make sure you have phone numbers for your tech department in case your connection or computer dies – and for your home ISP in case there are other connectivity troubles.
Likewise, remember to take home or duplicate any files you might need to refer to in case of connectivity crashes. However, when transferring any data from office to home ensure it is well protected – preferably encrypted.

9. If you’ve got important calls to make, ensure you’re somewhere quiet where you can switch your phone to speakerphone and not be disturbed by roadworks on your street, noise in your home or the sound of your neighbour doing a spot of DIY.

10. Finally, don’t feel guilty – you are probably working harder than you do in the office so don’t be made to feel as if you’re skiving at home.

Written By : By Gemma Simpson

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