With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic transforming life as we know it, many companies transition to more flexible models of work.
Remote work in one form or another (certain roles working from home/working on shifts, etc.) is part of the new normal. But to make the most of it, let’s look at some of the main challenges and how to counteract them.
1. Low productivity
The home office is full of distractions – the endless list of chores, the kids fighting in the other room, and whatever small distractions there are in our lives.
Not accustomed to dealing with all this at once? Concentrating on the work tasks might be a challenge if you don’t have a secluded space, where to isolate yourself from the people you live with and the daily to-do list. Ever struggled to find a quiet space while in an important call? Most remote workers would agree it might be a mission impossible, especially if they have kids, a spouse, or a roommate who oversteps work boundaries.
Switching from work-mode to rest-mode is tough too, especially when everything happens at one and the same place. Not to mention the discomforts of the lacking office facilities – the uncomfortable kitchen chair, for instance, might seem like a minor nuisance but could cause back/posture problems in the long run.
“The biggest challenge I personally have when working from home is that it almost always feels like I'm working. The line between work and rest time is blurred and that is ultimately what affects my productivity the most. In the office, I have the perfect, distraction-free environment that enables me to do my best work and then when I'm done, I can go home and rest. At home that is not the case. I tend to overwork and then am tired and unproductive day after day,” shares Tina Kesova, the Head of Marketing at Codeable and a Campus X member.
What to do?
Switch to a safe office environment for a couple of days or a week. Campus X’s flexible office plans help you avoid disruption and draw the line between work and personal life in a serviced office tailored to your specific needs.
Set up clear boundaries with your family and roommates. You are “at work”, even if the office is your bedroom.
Communicate. Clear and consistent communication is key. Plan regular video calls and consider booking safe physical meeting space at regular intervals to keep the team on track.
2. Unreliable Internet and IT infrastructure
Working from home allows many freedoms. In theory, it’s more time for you and your loved ones. But the reality might be a little different. The Wi-Fi slows down to a crawl, your calls are lagging, and the mail suddenly crashes. Or perhaps your microphone doesn’t work, and the setup is frustrating. You can put up with that, but then the electricity stops for a few hours…
Without the help of the dedicated tech and facility departments, you must handle these on your own. In the best-case scenario, the tech problems slow you down and you spend more time doing less. In the worst-case scenario, you can lose important clients or key business opportunities.
What to do?
Invest in a high-class Wi-Fi system with support for the latest wireless standards.
Build for redundancy at home, including power redundancy, via an uninterrupted power supply (UPS).