The COVID-19 pandemic has paralyzed the entire world. Businesses have been frozen, supply chains have been disrupted, factories have been shut down and employees have been fired. Those lucky ones who did not lose their jobs are compelled to work from home, something we all did not sign up for. But these measures have only been taken to survive through the pandemic.
Businesses all around the world have had to tell their employees to work from home, as a result of lockdowns imposed by governments to control the spread of virus. Employees could not be trained beforehand and everyone ended up having to work from home, confused and worried about their jobs.
This changed how businesses function. Companies had to hire digital agencies to help them come onboard with the modern technology. Our agency is one of them. Social media accounts, websites and ecommerce stores had to be made with the help of digital agencies to run businesses virtually. They also rolled out plans to train their employees for these changes. These trainings are meant to upskill employees as they need to be aware of modern technology, and how to incorporate it into their everyday business functions.
Here is a guide on how to how to digitally upskill yourself for working from home:
Familiarize Yourself with Telecommuting Tools
Working from home has never been easier, thanks to telecommuting tools like Zoom, Slack, Hubstaff, Skype, Google Hangouts and other communication platforms. It is challenging to get a hang of these platforms if you are not a tech-savvy person.
However, easy guides are available on YouTube and Google to learn these apps. Upskill yourself digitally by learning. Once you get a hang of it, you will find how these apps actually simplify your daily activities. Scheduling, time tracking, video conferencing, setting reminders and communicating with your team, all these work activities can be done digitally via these software. Be more proactive and productive by implementing these technologies into your work routine.
Do Not Disrupt Your Routine
Working from homes means working whenever you want, right? Wrong! While you can work in flexible timings (if your job allows), it would be a stupid move to delay it till you get time. Because working from home can make you procrastinate, which means you would delay all of your tasks until you finally have the time to do it. But it would be too late. This would just get you nowhere and you’ll keep adding more to your plate. Procrastination also makes you panic when the deadlines are near, which means working under stress would only jeopardize the quality of your work.
So it’s best to stick to a routine and get daily tasks done daily. Follow the same routine that you did in your office and keep things simple.
Set Up a Workspace
You would need to have a clear and calm workspace if you are working from home. Set up a quiet corner of your house as your workstation and make sure you are not disturbed.
You should have a high-speed internet and phone signals available all the time in that space. Minimize any distractions by asking for privacy by your family. Make sure your workspace is in a peaceful environment so that you can work stress-free.
Stay Connected to Your Team
I know it is overwhelming to update your coworkers and boss every few minutes but it is crucial for working from home. Stay in touch with your team and have open communications with them. Be transparent if you are facing any difficulties, rather than hiding it from your boss.
Be more considerate towards your coworkers and help them understand things if they are having any difficulty. Help each other out in these challenging times.