Home Office

“They feel as though they can get more personal work done. They feel that they are much more productive at work,”

What used to be an option some people had, now is a privilege many would wish to enjoy. Home office is now the best answer to keep up with work and protect the community from COVID-19 pandemic.

A few months ago, home office was a good option for those who felt were more productive working at home, and one of the main reasons is that you can adapt way easier to fit your work with your personal life. Traveling to work becomes extra time, many small personal life tasks become way easier, but with all those luxuries a new challenge rises, the communication challenge.

Of course for the past few years there has been a debate whether it is an effective choice to home office or a comfy choice that reduces efficiency, but as of a few weeks ago, it is the only choice available for all of those who don’t need to interact physically with work. CBC spark talks about home office, how it is a new challenging experience for many, but just another day to companies like Wildbit, a company that has worked remotely for 20 years.

The first thing you can notice from that podcast is how hard it is for inexperienced workers as they haven’t adapted their needs to be efficient, me personally trying to work in the kitchen table was one of the worst decisions, as people came in and out, distractions were everywhere and the mess it created just slowed me down dramatically. For sure the most important thing is finding out a way to get your own personal space, as if once you sat in your desk you weren’t at home, a place without distractions.

Lets take a look as some of the key points to learn from experienced home office workers like Wildbit co-founder and CEO Natalie Nagele:

  • Remote work really opens up the talent-pool for hiring. As geographical limitations are no longer a thing.
  • Breaks between hours of work are possible as you don’t have anyone breathing down your neck, this breaks help you get more quality work, the human mind won’t give more than 4 hours of constant efficient and productive work per day.
  • Asynchronous messaging needs to have a limit, when you take too long with messages you have to meet on video-call to get things done and keep communication efficiency. With messaging tools sometimes it becomes like someone tapping over your shoulder all day long every minute. One efficient way to fix this specially for managers is “lets figure out what we have to get done today and how, and then give each other space trough the day to get things done.”.
  • Social-networks between coworkers are good to keep in touch with everyone and keep the team united.
  • Remote work won’t work if managers only rate on workers by checking how many ours they are sat working, they have to adapt to manage by rating efficiency by output.

Tools like email and Slack for asynchronous communication and Zoom for video calls are necessary for efficient communication.

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