In these unprecedented times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, more people than ever have made the switch to working remotely. For many of us, this means working from home for the first time and getting used to all of the challenges that comes with it. At PRS Jobs we specialise in property management jobs, facilities management jobs and cleaning jobs in Birmingham, London and the rest of the UK. We know and understand the difficulties facing employees right now. Whether you’re new to working from home or have been doing it for years, let’s have a look at a few of the major challenges you might be facing and a few ways to help you overcome them.
Challenge 1 - DISTRACTIONS
Without the structure of a typical office environment it can be hard to feel as though you are in serious work mode. A home workspace has many distractions from pets to Netflix and especially right now, your new workplace also involves children at home, partners at home, home-schooling and the added anxiety about the current situation. So what can you do to stay productive?
Create a work zone - The ideal situation for WFH is a room where you can go solely to do your work. This means you can keep the rest of your living space for unwinding in the evening. If you don’t have a whole room spare, dedicate a desk or a specific area to be your office.
Try to block out the noise – if background noise is making it hard to focus, try using a set of noise-cancelling headphones with some soft soothing music.
Stick to a routine - Set times for the beginning and end of your workday as well for lunch and tea breaks and do your best to stick to them.
Limit checking the news - obviously keeping up to date with the latest developments is important, but checking the latest headlines can turn into half an hour of scrolling through the same news you heard yesterday.
Challenge 2 - JUGGLING WORKLIFE AND HOMELIFE
Whether you live with your family or roommates, co-existing with the other residents of your home while trying to work can be difficult for everyone, especially kids as it’s hard for them to understand that just because you’re at home, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re available. Some things that might help include:
Setting boundaries - Be clear about when you’re working and when you’re free. Tell each member of your household the hours you are working, have them displayed in the house and also agree on a visual cue, like “headphones = no interruptions”.
Consider co-working - If your partner or housemate is also WFH, you could try taking a co-working approach where you all work in the same area at the same time. This can be great for sharing and bouncing ideas as well as keeping each other motivated.
Challenge 3 - MOTIVATION
Losing motivation is more than just giving into distractions every now and then, it is more of a long-term thing and the loss of concentration and focus can significantly lower your productivity. It’s so hard to focus on work right now and looking at the big picture or long-term goals seems pointless when things are so uncertain in the moment. However, working can keep you busy, give you a sense of fulfilment and keep a small feeling of normalcy around. Here’s what you can do to stay motivated:
Take it one day at a time – write a to-do list each morning and finish the things on your list each day. This will remind you of what you’ve achieved and show that your work is meaningful.
Break bigger tasks down into smaller units of work – this will help to make things feel more manageable, and marking each task as completed will give you a sense of accomplishment.
Communicate with your co-workers – have a competition to see who can hit the most targets or complete the most tasks, or even just a daily chat about what’s going on in the workplace. This is a good way to feel connected and stay on track.
PRS Jobs is more than just a recruitment agency, we are here to support or clients and candidates and we pride ourselves on making positive difference to the lives of everyone that we work with. If you are looking for your next opportunity get in touch with us today. From facilities management jobs in London to cleaning jobs in Birmingham, we have an experienced team of expert recruitment consultants that specialise in their field. Contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with a team member on 0207 553 5660.