Working from home - checklist and tips

17 Mar 2020 Sandra Bailie    Last updated: 26 Mar 2020

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Moving office staff to homeworking is going to offer new challenges. This article gives some practical advice.

There’s lots of research to show that productivity rises among staff when they work at home, if it’s done right. Here are some things to consider so that you and your staff can remain supported and productive during the coming months.

Things for employer to consider

  • Provide appropriate equipment
  • Ensure Information security - see National Cyber Security Centre Home Working Guide
  • Provide information and training for staff
  • Encourage communication
  • Support staff and help them manage workload
  • Be aware of legal and health and safety requirements
  • Develop a Working from home protocol - an example of this is Directory for Social Change Working from home protocols

Tips for employees

  • Get started early
  • Pretend you are going into the office
  • Structure your day, set targets, plan your time
  • Have a dedicated workspace
  • Remove distractions such as social media
  • Work with your natural productive times
  • Keep connected to others
  • Take clear breaks, get fresh air

Useful links with more information

https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/voices/how-to-work-remotely-in-a-time-of-coronavirus.html

https://www.ncvo.org.uk/practical-support/information/coronavirus

https://scvo.org.uk/p/35969/2020/03/16/my-top-ten-remote-working-tips

https://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/content/managing-employees-working-home-seven-top-tips

https://learning.linkedin.com/blog/productivity-tips/new-to-working-remotely--these-resources-can-help

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/phones-telecoms-and-internet/advice-for-consumers/stay-connected

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by Sandra Bailie

Head of Organisational Development

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