3 tips to telecommute efficiently
Planning your day or choosing your communication tools can be two of the best assets to improve productivity while teleworking
The arrival of COVID-19 in our reality has caused many of the companies in our country to have had to adapt to a situation that not all have been able to endure. The so-called teleworking has flooded a society that, according to studies, barely touched this type of work in 2019 with only 4.8% of the employed population. A percentage that has increased to almost 35% in our country.
This change in work paradigms has meant that not all workers have managed to adapt correctly to it, causing problems such as communication with supervisors, lack of productivity, etc. Some consequences caused by poor management of the situation. And it is normal. For most employees, teleworking requires the use of technologies that, in most cases, are unknown to them.
Fortunately, many of the technologies and products needed to work from home already exist. So the biggest impediment now is knowing how to implement them in our day to day. This is why from Laia we want to help you in this process and give you five tips to make teleworking a viable reality in your company:
1. Plan your day and choose a suitable workplace
By not having to wake up so early to get to the office on time, it is normal that our sleep and life rhythms are affected. Some alterations that can affect our productivity very negatively. This is why, although it is not necessary, it is important to maintain a routine to follow in order to maintain productivity levels similar to those we would have in our workplace.
Something that is not usually given importance is the workplace at our home. Having a fixed workspace in our house will help you maintain the routine of point one and will keep your mind in a state of concentration necessary for remote work. In addition, this delimitation of our workspace will help us to separate our work time with our rest moments, something that would be very complicated if we did not have them separated. It is good to opt for a room that has good lighting, preferably natural, with good ventilation and a correct internet connection. This last point is crucial if we are going to carry out our work remotely.
In addition, something that usually happens is that, being at home, it is difficult for us to disconnect from work and we remain in constant tension. This is a very negative aspect, since our brain must also disconnect from work obligations in order to fully perform during our workday.
2. Meet with your team 1-2 times a week
As we have already commented in the previous point, planning is a fundamental aspect in our telework. But, for this planning to be carried out, we need to know what are the objectives to be achieved by the company. Taking into account these indicators, the most convenient thing would be to meet with the other office colleagues to agree on the work and get all the workers in the company to row towards the same side.
You also have to remember that work is a social space and not just a productive one. Take advantage of these meetings to talk with your colleagues and make the day to day more bearable, since the loneliness that telework entails is one of the main disadvantages of this type of work. A good practice during your online meetings can be to ask your co-workers about personal and not just work-related aspects, thus maintaining stronger ties with our colleagues.
3. Choose your communication tools well
And while internal messaging chats are extremely useful, they may very well be insufficient for some types of communication. And this is where the world of video calls takes center stage. This type of communication has become increasingly popular in offices around the world due to the quality of the messages, the degree of interaction (depending on the service) and the closeness it brings with the interlocutors of the same.
At Laiatech we know this, we are experts in AV communication and that is why we offer our clients a wide range of professional audio and video devices. So that, thanks to the quality of the teams, you do not miss face-to-face meetings. The wide range of Laia video conferencing devices will cover all the needs of your video conferencing room, be it a small, medium, large room or an event room. We also have personal videoconference equipment, to mount on a PC in a simple way by USB and with FullHD quality.
But you not only have to worry about having a good videoconferencing equipment, you also have to take into account the software or service that you will use for your meetings. Due to COVID-19 this type of video conferencing services have become widely known. Services like Teams or Skype are some of the most popular services these days. At Laiatech we recommend that, when choosing a videoconferencing service, choose the one that is most comfortable for you to use and, above all, that it is interoperable with other videoconferencing services. Services such as Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Skype or goFacing can be your best work allies.
For our part, you should not worry, since Laia’s videoconferencing equipment is compatible with most videoconferencing services on the market: Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Skype, goFacing, Pexip, Zoom, Cisco Webex …
Now is the time to live with the so-called “new reality”. A complicated situation that has led many companies to renew their work scheme in pursuit of what is called telecommuting, online work or remote work. A modality that continues to add followers with almost 35% of the employed population of our country. And it’s normal, since, if you organize yourself well, working from home doesn’t have to be a negative thing. You may even find that working remotely can be more beneficial and productive than going to work at the office.
Follow our three tips to telecommute efficiently and turn your home into the best office. Stay active and productive in the safety and comfort of your home. And you, what do you think of teleworking?