What many employers have as yet failed to address is now being forced upon them during the corona crisis – and demanded from one day to the next. We find ourselves in an exceptional situation. Many things are changing: priorities are shifting, creative solutions are being found, working from home is common practice. How would it be if things were to continue like this once the pandemic has been contained?
How to work successfully from home
- sufficient space
- comfortable chair
- good lighting
- screen not too small
- headphones (possibly a headset)
- writing materials
- Fixed start
- fixed end of the day
Appropriate for a video conference – this will also help you to concentrate
None; neither housework, TV, smartphone nor fridge
It’s still important to use Skype calls and chats to interact. Phone calls instead of emails. Even ‘shared’ breaks together are possible
Fresh air and exercise (e.g. at your desk)
Especially when the children are younger, working from home is either difficult or simply impossible. Due to schools currently being closed, the practice of social distancing and also because grandparents are unable to watch the children, tolerance is needed on all sides as well as a readiness to find creative solutions – from which opportunities arise.
A few tips (if the children are older):
- Make use of the children’s routine (work early in the morning if the children sleep in, or use nap and rest times, etc.)
- Define a clear schedule with the children: “Let me work quietly” and “now we can do something together”
- Set up a daily or weekly plan as the children also have school work to do, work now and again, encourage independence, let them organise their own schedules
Leaner and faster
People are noticing that processes also function in a leaner way. Meetings aren't always necessary or can be held less frequently. Actually:
The person needing to be reached isn't sitting in meetings or away on business, but is at home where they respond quickly.
Change as an opportunity
The responsibility, but also the freedoms, of each employee is increasing – which requires trust on the part of the employer. This can be achieved if the employer stays in constant touch, is easily accessible and provides clear running updates on the scope of the workload in a supportive rather than a controlling sense. It’s performance that counts, not presence. The changes in working methods during the corona crisis create opportunities. It’s important to identify them as such – and not simply as changes.
The flip side of these flexible working forms and remote working is the lack of social contact. There are certainly topics and tasks that can be dealt with not only more quickly, but also in a more target-oriented manner in personal interaction. This is a fact that can't be denied. At the moment, there are too few conversations and informal contacts.