- Posted by Pattie
- On April 9, 2020
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- #coronavirus #remote working #working from home, #covid-19
Support For Working From Home and Remote Working
The spread of coronavirus or Covid-19 means many are working from home. This is to prevent further spread of the virus through the community. By working from home we can all do our part to stop the spread. Lets Letterbox is providing support to existing and potential customers. We have closed the office to our loyal customers. This means that they will stay safe. They can still contact us by phone, email or through virtual meetings. Staff at Lets Letterbox are also working from home but continuing to provide a completely unchanged service to customers.
There are a number of apps available so that your business can continue with daily or weekly staff meetings. These include, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Facetime, and Skype. Other apps are also available. Try and test them to see which works best for you and your staff. It’s always best to have someone as chairperson when conducting a virtual meeting. They then have the ability to decide who speaks and when. Otherwise the meeting could end up in chaos! Documents can be uploaded and shared with other staff members during these virtual meetings. The best thing about these meetings when remote working is the chance to see and chat with your co-workers.
Plan Your Day
As someone that has worked from home for the past number of years I know that working from home is challenging. With children to look after during this coronavirus pandemic, some employees will take time to adjust to new working arrangements. Employers must ensure that you have the correct equipment so that you can work effectively. On the other hand, employers should be aware that productivity during this time is likely to be less than normal, in the beginning at least. Allowances need to be made while the new arrangements are set up. As an employee however it is best to try and get some sort of routine. Looking after children and working from home will be difficult but arrange your time effectively. Work out a type of timetable that fits with your family and your employer. The routine will also help your children adapt. They will no when play time with mum or dad is going to happen. Similarly they will become accustomed to “quiet time” when their parent(s) need to work.
In this digital age technology is very advanced and lends itself to remote working and is a great support for working from home. There are so many apps available that it will be difficult to find an excuse for office based workers not to work from home. With the likes of HubSpot, Slack can be used to keep conversations going remotely. Trello is another that businesses can use to keep organized around those most important priorities. Use Google Hangouts and Webex to make the most of virtual meetings. Get the right stack of support tools to fit your work style. This will make a big difference to the whole experience. Currently 3D printers are being used by engineers to produce safety visors for healthcare professionals. These new technologies must be embraced so that we can work effectively during this difficult time.
Ask For Advice
If you are not “au fait” with all the new apps and digital solutions that are now available, don’t be afraid to ask for help from co-workers and management. There are a multitude of “how to” videos available online especially on Youtube. Other online sites provide a range of articles that focus on support for working from home and working remotely. The government have also provided advice on social distancing measures that you should follow when working from home. This information along with so much more helpful guides can be found at http://www.gov.uk.
Lets Letterbox Virtual Mailboxes
Another option for employers or businesses during this pandemic is to use a virtual mailbox. Postal mail that would normally be sent to your office could be redirected to us here at Lets Letterbox. Our business packages Small Business/Sole Trader Packages, have a number of options available to businesses that allow mail to be sent to a new virtual mailbox address here. We can forward any mail by email or postal mail to a home address that has been nominated by the business owner. This eradicates the need for anyone to visit the office to collect mail. This can help to limit the spread of the virus.
Take Regular Breaks & Finish At A Set Time
Finally, it is worth remembering that your health and the health of those around you is of the utmost importance. Take regular breaks and finish at a set time any day that you are working from home. Your physical and mental health require great care. Interact with your co-workers on a daily basis using online chat facilities. Play games with your family. Enjoy the work that you are doing and don’t put pressure on yourself to be more productive than normal. Your employer will be concerned that you are in good health and able to return to your normal place of work after the pandemic is over. And most importantly STAY SAFE!