In this Business Brilliance post you can pick up a few quickfire tips around working from home. Not just for yourself, but your workforce too.
The Coronavirus Pandemic has been a complete blight on the Earth. It’s forced a whole lot of businesses to make people redundant, or, very sadly, pushed businesses out of their market altogether.
Business owners have had to adapt. We’ve seen a glut of them trying their best to get around the pandemic and one of the top issues owners have had is how to best set up for home working. At home, people can continue with their work. Some businesses, the future forward ones in all honesty, were able to hit the ground running because they had the infrastructure in place already. People were already working from home.
In the same vein, the larger businesses were able to adapt pretty quickly. This is primarily because they’ve got the resources to hit the ground running. Sure, it’ll cost a lot more to buy laptops for thousands than it will to buy ten or twenty, but they’ve got the resources.
So, how do you do it? Whether you’re working from home as a sole trader or freelancer, or needing to help a wider workforce work from home, these tips will see you make a success out of it. Even if you implemented home working as soon as the pandemic struck, you might be missing a trick with one of our top homeworking tips.
Help Them Buy Desks
It’s another cost that you have to bear. But you want them to be productive. They won’t be productive if they’re trying to work from a kitchen table when their family is eating breakfast, or when they’re cramped up on the sofa trying to get comfortable.
Instead, help them buy a desk. Remember, this is always tax deductible too. If you don’t buy them outright, offer something towards it. Some won’t take it because they might not have the space. Others might and they might make the space. If you help people buy desks their productivity will increase. The right desk is everything. A flat surface is much easier to work from than a lap or worse, a bed. Especially when you couple it with a chair…
Suggest Appropriate Chairs
If they’ve got desks they’re going to need a chair. Some people do enjoy standing at a desk, and there are a myriad of health benefits for doing so. But for those who fancy a more traditional working day the desk chair is the way to go.
A lot of companies make mistakes here by offering the same chair to everyone. If you were minded to help your staff buy a chair, make sure you let them choose. Humans are all unique and what feels comfortable for one simply won’t for another. When you throw in back problems the problem can become further exacerbated. If they’ve got a good chair and a good desk, they’re well on their way to replicating, and perhaps exceeding, their office productivity.
Make Sure They’ve Got The Right Tools
Desktop computers still have a place in the world, but a lot of companies are now opting for laptops. They allow a heightened degree of flexibility. You can carry one into the office, do an hour or two worth of work then so some more at home. If you’re getting a laptop, make sure you get them a decent one. What you need depends on the work being carried out. Yet what might be even more important is the software you use. Microsoft Teams has become the go to for networking. Calls are easy, and if you combine it with 365 working becomes a doddle. These all become useless though if you or your workers don’t have the right internet connection.
A general connection should be enough, even if you’re using video calling quite a lot. The problems occur when someone else is working from home with you. Or if you’ve got one kid streaming a film and the other destroying his friends on Call of Duty. Bandwidth gets taken up. Make sure your internet connection is good enough. If it isn’t, try using a wifi booster or connecting directly with an ethernet cable. If these don’t work it may be you have to bite the bullet and consider paying for a better connection.
Give Them A Hand
Try and put together a pack giving your employees top tips for working at home. Think of things like:
- They need to take appropriate breaks
- Flexibility in working hours (as appropriate depending on your business)
- Internet connectivity and usage suggestions
- How to get the best out of their equipment
- How to use the software they need to get the job done
Having a quick guide is great because it means they can refer to it and have their questions answered passively instead of distracting other colleagues or coming to you. The guide will depend entirely on your business and what you do but a simple word document will do the trick especially at a pinch.
All in all, you need to wait a couple of days for people to get adjusted but after that you’ll notice productivity will shoot up. Being able to work from home means family life and work life are better integrated.No more commuting. That time can be used to exercise, or as down time.
It might not be forever, but the option to work from home in the future for a few days a week might bring your costs down too. Less electricity costs.
In the main though, the benefit is that your business will survive day to day issues. Just look at the amount that went under due to Covid. In the future, if your office becomes compromised, work from home can be picked up with ease and your business operation will continue as normal.
We hope this quickfire guide has helped give you some ideas around working from home. If you have any other ideas please feel free to suggest them and contact us!