The 4 things you need to work permanently from home

An increasing number of businesses are choosing to stay with remote working as part of new flexible working arrangements they have with employees. Event specialists Redback Connect conducted a survey found working from home has positively changed the way employees think about managing work/life flexibility, with 67 per cent expecting to work from home more frequently post pandemic.

Redback Connect found that, after social restrictions lift, 28 per cent of respondents want to work from home full-time and permanently, 39 per cent want to work from home one-to-two days a week, and 20 per cent want to work from home three-to-four days a week.

Almost three-quarters (73 per cent) of respondents believe their employer would be open to them working from home – backed by the findings that 22 per cent say their manager has already offered such an option, while 56 per cent say they will ask their managers to arrange it.

There are several benefits in doing this, including first and foremost the safety of employees as COVID-19 sticks around even in minor ways, but also the mental health and happiness of employees as they have more time (without the stress of public transport) for family and personal matters.

The problem with working full time, or more hours from home, is you now need to consider how to make the most of your home set up. This isn’t just a makeshift proposition anymore. You need to set your office up properly, to ensure you deliver maximum efficiency.

So how do you go about setting up the most efficient office to maximise your productivity and prove to the boss you can work from home?

Well, it’s not a matter of turning your kitchen table or even a spare wardrobe into a makeshift office.

There is work to be done and here’s what to do?

  1. Find out what you need

Many companies offered to pay employees’ phone and internet bills at the beginning of the pandemic. This has expanded to computers, desks, chairs and other home-office fixtures. 

You need to work out what tools and equipment you will need to get comfortable at home for the long term. This will extend beyond physical fixtures to internet packages, wi-fi extenders and the right software.

  1. Find the right space to work in

You shouldn’t really be working in the kitchen. It’s the main thoroughfare and kid’s get hungry all … the .. time…

Find a quiet space with few distractions. One, perhaps, with a closed door, but that also has natural light filling in so you don’t feel you’re locked up. Keep in mind that you want to be comfortable, but at the same time you have an eight hour work day ahead, for five days a week, so you need a place that encourages productivity.

  1. Set yourself up for virtual meetings

The world may one day be divided into BZ and AZ – Before Zoom and After Zoom. To work from home efficiently and stay connected to the workplace at the same time, you will need premium video conferencing tools. The free version will probably not be enough to sustain a proper working environment. You need to spend the money, lest your hour-long meeting or presentation gets cut off after 40 minutes.

  1. Other communication tools

You need tools for collaboration. Tools that allow you to share and edit documents, projects, or work schedules with team members in real-time. The Redback Connect survey found, nearly half (46 per cent) of respondents believe they need to able to see the ‘availability’ of other team members remotely, while 45 per cent say they want the ability to share work-in-progress schedules and status reports with other team members. Forty-two (42) per cent say they need to present work to stakeholders in the same way as in an in-person meeting.

Before you set yourself up at home, ask yourself whether you can do it efficiently and to company expectation. If the answer  is yes, then there is no reason why you can’t be as productive at home than you have been in the office.

This update is not financial advice. This article is general news and information.

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