There would hardly be a soul on the planet that would not have heard about Covid-19 as yet. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization labeled the fast spread of COVID-19 as a pandemic. Just in case you do not know what Pandemic is, as per Wikipedia, a pandemic is a disease epidemic that has spread across a large region, for instance multiple continents, or worldwide and as we write this, more than 170 countries have been affected with this deadly virus.
Since it is found for the first time in humans, the vaccines for the same have not been developed yet but some countries have started animal as well as human trials for the vaccines developed hurriedly. Some countries say that the vaccines should be out for all within 12 months while some say they can be available as early as by the end of 2020. Now, one thing that is clear as of now is that there is time before there will be a solution and everyone needs to take precautions and be safe to fight from this pandemic till then.
Work from Home
As the covid-19 coronavirus outbreak grows, Companies across the globe are allowing its employees to work from home in order to prevent the outspread.
Here are the 7 best ways to stay productive and lead a team while working from home during this pandemic.
1) Set up-a Routine
If you have a routine—similar to the one you had before it can help you in keeping the momentum in finishing off your routine tasks. Wake up at your usual times and cherish the fact that you have saved on travel time.
2) Get Dressed
Getting dressed as if you’re going to the office, even put makeup on or fix your hair if you like, it will psychologically prepare you to start your work. For some people, the idea of staying in their comfy pants all day is one of the most enticing part of working from home. But washing and getting dressed will not only improve your state of mind it is also useful if you need to dial into a video call.
3) Create Structure
Setting up a place at home where you exclusively work, and committing to consistently working there will make you more comfortable and productive when you’re working remotely. If you structure your office and your time as well, creating a list of action items for the day can de-clutter the way of productivity.
4) Choose Furniture That Serves Your Purpose
Don’t compromise on a good chair. Show your body some love while choosing a well-designed and ergonomically-correct chair, as you may not want to end up having back aches at the end of a long day.
5) Stay Connected
Part of the productivity challenge of work from home comes from the loss of the human connection you have with your colleagues, your team and others throughout the company. Buffer’s 2018 State of Remote Work report showed that the biggest struggle associated with the remote workers is their loneliness.
It becomes extremely hard to build and maintain any kind relationships from afar. Stay connected with your colleagues and team members by using digital tools like Skype, Zoom Call etc.
6). Take Regular Breaks
It’s good to have a set routine while you are working from your home, but it is significant that your work shouldn’t become monotonous. You must not stay adhered to your screens for the entire day. It’s important for you to take regular breaks. After every hour or two, try to get up from your work area and move around like you would in your office.
7) Reduce Stress
Stress is inevitable, especially in the wake of the corona virus. The existing news outlets spewing horrific data about outbreaks and associated deaths can be impaling. Obviously, the stress around COVID-19 is real when you have had to completely change your work environment. Change is hard for a lot of people—and this challenge gets amplified when it falls on your back in the middle of a global crisis. Your productivity is bound to suffer if you’re in a consistent state of stress. So first, switch off that television and avoid exploring the news sites while you’re in your working area. Avoidance can be a powerful stress reducer. Next, identify your favorite and most convenient de-stressor and stick to that. It’s vital to know all the stress reduction preferences and have an easy access to all the tools you may need.
We are all wrapped in an air of stress and fear but that doesn’t mean that we can accept our defeat in the very hour of fighting. Follow the tips mentioned above to make work convenient and less-stressful during this environmental crisis. Whatever you do, make sure that you follow the norms and do your most to make situations better.