Whether you are a business owner, manager, or employee, it is a privilege to be able to work from home during these times. Not only is it because of the pandemic, but also because it provides a good time to regroup, relax, and rethink about the direction of your business and your position in it. According to a recent study conducted by FlexJob, 65% of employees say that they are more productive when they work from home. Thus, it becomes important that you follow proper scheduling and working exercises to get the most of this time. We have compiled some of our best tips to maximize your quarantine productivity.
Having to work from home can result in big changes in all aspects of your life – environmental, social, practical, and financial. Like everything else, it is essential for a business to be ready to deal with such drastic changes. Planning out how you will be handling your position and affecting others is essential to tackling the situation with minimal losses.
For managers especially, ask yourselves the following questions:
It is important to stay connected to your coworkers at all times. Clear and coherent communications over your business hierarchy need to be maintained. Track tasks assigned to your subordinates and determine the most effective ways of measuring them. Clarify guidelines such as task variables and deadlines, and try to be involved as much as possible.
Most companies have already moved to online services like cloud shared working. For small businesses to ensure an effective work from home period, it is essential to make sure that most of the businesses’ required resources are accessible online. Make this permanent as it will not only help your business during quarantine, but also make things much smoother in the long run.
It is quite possible that some of the employees may not be totally aware of how they are supposed to work online. For this it is essential to organize online workshops to make them familiar with the process. Hiring freelance experts from websites such as freelancer.com is also an excellent idea for this. This will also improve your employees’ skill levels and productivity.
Most businesses are utilizing online video conferencing during quarantine to organize meetings, work-in sessions, etc. However using the same application for everything might complicate things due to limitations on numbers of users allowed, server strengths, and motives of the conference. As such different apps can be used for different purposes. I would recommend-
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