This year has been a testing time for employers and employees alike. With nearly half the work force working from home after years of working in offices, for some it’s been a huge adjustment, with 39% of people responding to a census reporting that they found working from home tricky. But, as the days get shorter and the nights get colder, and our motivation begins to dwindle, we’ve got some tips to help you stay motivated whilst working from home.
Get a routine
Working from home often means the lines between worktime and downtime become blurred. To ensure there’s a difference, it’s important to set yourself a routine with designated work times and home times. It’s also important to remember that when you were working in an office, you weren’t working constantly. From speaking to colleagues, having tea breaks, and even just stretching your legs, your office day was broken into snippets of productivity, so it’s ok to do this at home too. If you’re part of the 1 in 10 who find it really hard to work from home, setting yourself some work boundaries and routines will help.
Dress for success
At the start of the pandemic, dressing for WFH life meant gym wear, lycra, and a lot of leggings, but following the second lockdown, we’re seeing a shift. To get yourself into the working mindset, and get back that motivation, it’s time to dress for success. We’re not suggesting you go back to a formal suit, but oversized shirts, and relaxed trousers, flowing skirts and cashmere jumpers are a good place to start. With 19% of us saying they’re less motivated when working from home, dressing the part will help you act the part.
It can be really easy to get to the end of the working week and realise you haven’t spoken to anyone, but it’s important you keep communicating with your colleagues. Parcel2Go’s Head of Operations, Phil Woodbridge says:
“We have weekly touchpoints set up with all staff to review how they are feeling, look at their performance and review any coaching/training needed. We have full visibility on KPI’s and we allow our team to have them also to drive each other.”
Having this open and regular dialogue can help you feel part of the team still. Communication doesn’t have to always be work related; you can schedule in social events too. This can be anything from a quiz to a group cook-along.
We all know how important exercise is for our body, but getting in just 10 minutes a day can do wonders for our mental health. And it doesn’t have to be done in a gym, you can do a simple body weight circuit, or head outside for a brisk walk. Depending on which Tier you’re in, you can even go for a stroll with a friend.