There is an excellent chance you are working from home right now. The number of people who work from home in the UK has been growing for many years, but in the current climate, it is understandable that there has been a significant spike. If you are new to remote working, and you are looking to maximise your working day, Country Properties is here to assist you.
Be clear in your communication
When you are talking with someone face to face, there are subtle nuances that can be picked upon. Also, if there is something you are unsure of, you can immediately ask for clarification, and it is offered.
When you are working from home, separately from clients and colleagues, communicating can become more challenging. If you are sending messages or emails, be as transparent as possible, and if you receive information, you are unsure, try to obtain clarification as quickly as you can.
It is often better to phone or use a video connection so you can replicate the benefits and impact of a face to face meeting, while at home.
Make sure your tech is up to the job
While your Wi-Fi is more than equipped to allow you to stream a film while messaging friends, is it robust enough to handle video conference calls? Before you commit to significant tasks while working from home, test your equipment and capabilities before you need to use them in real-time.
Don’t be afraid to ask for support
If this is your first time working from home, it is a challenging experience. Given we are already making our way through an unprecedented time, having additional stress on top is likely to make anyone feel apprehensive.
Recognise remote working is a different style of working, and that if you need assistance, ask for help from people who can assist you. If you don’t know who can help, make finding out a priority.
Make sure your workspace is suitable for work
A lot of people think working from home is about staying in your pyjamas and working from bed or the couch. The reality is a lot more formal. You want to be in the right frame of mind for work, and it helps if you can set up in a space that is recognised as being solely for work.
When you are in that area, you are there to work. When you are not in that area, you can forget about work. This will hopefully help you manage the work-life balance better when working remotely.
Find out a work routine that is best for you
When you are in the office, you need to play by the rules (stated and unstated) of the workspace. At home, you have more flexibility. If you have deadlines, you need to meet these. If you need to tie in with colleagues, you should do so in a conventional manner. However, if you have flexibility, and a different way of working suits you better, utilise it.
Take proper breaks
Just because you are working from home, doesn’t mean you have to always be working. Think about the breaks or ways you step away from your computer or desk at work. Try to replicate this at home, and this includes taking proper breaks for food.
Try to stick to a schedule
You may be saving time on a daily commute, but this doesn’t mean you have to abandon all reasonable working practices. Maintaining a routine involving sleep, eating and catching up with others will help you retain some form of “normality” in these challenging times.
Currently, in line with Government guidelines, our Royston branch is closed. However, we have key staff working from home, with access to all of our estate agency software, to support all of our clients and keeping ongoing transactions active. To clients old and new, if you have any queries or need advice on property sales and lettings then please call 01763 245121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.