The unexpected disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has suddenly put the entire world in a tizzy and caught all of us by surprise. The situation is very uncertain. What we’re witnessing is indeed a situation of concern.
The current situation is the dawn of a new era of digital workplaces. The critical concern is whether this enforced period of working from home will remain an emergency measure or whether it will lead to a greater rollout of this mode of working in the future.
Whatever the work from home or remote workplace may look like, it is already true that people working from home face some specific challenges. On the personal front, handling office and home simultaneously without distressing yourself is the primary concern. Our expectation of work from home scenario may or may not match the reality, but we know that we shall overcome this situation together.
How to tackle work from home like a pro
The coronavirus has prompted countless companies to offer employees options to work remotely or to close their offices. If you’re working remote for the first time because of #coronavirus, here is WFH etiquettes to match your expectation with the reality:
- Have dedicated “work” space. Easier to leave it when work is done
- Put a “do not disturb” sign on the door. As the family member would know, you are on a call, and they need to stay quiet.
- Handy Bluetooth headphones and uninterrupted internet connection
- Take virtual coffee breaks with peers. In the office, they’re built-in.
- Schedule meetings to “Humanize Communication.”
- You need a good chair, for maintaining a good posture to avoid any health issues
- Dress & groom like it’s an office day. You’ll feel more active
- Avoid messes in your working area
- Avoid household chores during working hours
- Don’t Work From Bed
- Don’t Mix Work And Food
- Never Neglect Cybersecurity
- Don’t work in the same area as family or friends
- Don’t Doze Off During Work Hours
- Don’t store your work data in your local drives
- Don’t perform any updates/any software without notifying IT Team
Tips to streamline WFH
- Have a to do list
- Be your own task manager
- Keep a task tracker
- Be available on Microsoft teams
- Use calendar and reminders to organize your deliverables with efficacy
How To Manage Business Impact of COVID -19
The COVID-19 pandemic will result in a global recession is, sadly, a known secret. When the government-mandated shutdowns end, there will be many questions around whether the recovery will be V-shaped or U-shaped or the implemented policy measures are adequate to get the business started again.
Organizations must respond rapidly to position themselves to grow post-COVID-19 by maintaining continuity. To serve their businesses now, and future they should take measures to safeguard and de-risk their operations.
To diffuse enterprise risk, adopting a distributed global services model can help large organizations across industries. And where everyone is a knowledge worker, automating routine tasks by taking advantage of human+machine models, can also help to serve businesses now.
To help organizations make their global business services more resilient, we recommend the following actions to handle the challenges of today and tomorrow:
The reality of NOW
Moving to almost 100% of remote working is a challenge. But Our teams are accustomed—and immediately prepared—to work remotely. Here are four steps to radical agility and resilience of your business continuity:
- Modernize applications environment: Fully commit to cloud-based flexibility
- Upgrade network capacity: Buildout for the sudden demand
- Streamline the workplace: Create agility for productive employees
- Reform operations: Decide now how you will decide then
What’s most important NOW
Companies are scrambling to implement contingency plans for risks they never saw coming as past few days have brought unprecedented impacts to global business operations and the global workforce.
Now the most critical business deal is self-healing. As the wits says, “the tough get going when the going gets tough.“ Working in closed quarters, especially in the current situation and continually being on laptops and headphones, creates anxiety, restlessness, and hyperactivity at times. At the same time, we are accountable for our work.
Make sure to have your self-time, sleep well, and eat healthy to make yourself ready for the next day.
Meditate in the morning before you start your work, this would help you build your concentration. Refrain yourself from continually listening to news channels, instead, make use of that time talking to family members and bonding with your colleagues informally.