Whether you or your company accept it or not but work from home is the new work culture we are heading towards. The lack of buzz in working from home can be challenging for some people in the beginning. However, if handled with a positive attitude and balanced approach we can actually leverage the strength of working from home. To maintain a balance between your personal and professional life is easy if you keep certain points in mind. Sharing in this article some do’s and don’ts of working from home so that you can enjoy the best of both worlds.Do’s· Have a set workspace for a home office, as the more organized you will be the better results you will achieve. Keep your home office Skype friendly. As it is quite normal to conduct conference calls, video chatting, etc. for attending meetings online and so it’s advisable to keep things such as files, documents, etc handy to avoid pitfalls and time wastes.· Plan your day in advance. When you will be clear in your mind about the tasks that are your top priority, you will be more productive.· While work from home gives us the advantage of having flexible working hours yet it is always good to be consistent in having specific fixed work hour for increased efficiency and productivity. Prefer traditional working hours as a business is always a two-way process and thus require communication with other parties. Also, clearly communicate your working hours with your family, friends and neighbours to avoid any sort of personal engagements during that time so that you can be as professional as possible.· Avoid the luring distractions of the comfy bed, heavy meals, small naps, Netflix, etc.· Maintain a healthy lifestyle by maintaining a proper schedule, maintaining a proper diet, sticking to the exercising routine, avoiding lethargy in the form of spending time on the couch or bed doing nothing, drink lots of water, take short breaks while working, walk and stretch, etc. Never compromise on discipline as to work from home requires more discipline to be executed than usual and without discipline, you are incapable of anything good.· Never involve yourself in personal tasks during office hours. The greatest weakness of work from home is that we usually get tempted to do personal tasks such as laundry, cooking, attending to family members or neighbours during the office hours which in turn makes us lose focus and we are unable to stick to our schedule and thus the result is inefficiency, frustration, incomplete tasks and pure time waste.· Enhance your communication skills. Since you won’t have any visual cues to support or guide your conversations and the talks will completely depend on online communication such as instant messaging, phone calls, emails, etc it is important to be clear and concise to avoid misunderstandings. Always remember, good communication skills are a reflection of a great personality.Don’ts· Never discuss personal life issues during professional conversations. It’s natural to be inclined to discuss personal issues in the home-based office environment but by all means, avoid this pitfall.· Limit the no. of times you check your phone to avoid unnoticed time lapse.· It’s important to keep the necessary equipment such as a computer, scanner, printer, etc but don’t burden yourself with the equipment you can do without.· Stay connected with fellow officials, customers, etc. connection builds trust and helps in leveraging the technical support needed. Staying connected may seem not so important activity but if managed well gives fruitful results in the form of long term healthy relationships. Even while you work for others you represent your personal brand and when you voice your brand in a balanced approach where it’s not over communicative or disconnected for that matter it results in magical trust-building. People usually invest in the organization they trust. Small things help in achieving big dreams so never underestimate the so-called “small factor”.
We are all aware that we are now living in the most difficult days humans of this generation have ever seen. The coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through the droplets that are generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or the discharge from the nose. Corona is the new virus, which has spread in no time and attacked millions of people all over the world.During these pandemic days, we must come together to fight Covid-19. We must be social distancing from one another and should not physically touch anyone unnecessarily. We must sanitize ourselves with a sanitizer and wash our hands on a regular basis to maintain hygiene. Never leave your homes, unless there is an emergency or an important need to be fulfilled. Usually, when we go out on some work, to play or to travel to different cities, we are not accustomed or habituated to wear masks. But this time, we shall not forget to wear masks.It has now become mandatory to cover yourself with a mask. Then, avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing and sneezing.It is not a proven fact that drinking soda and alcohol can protect you from Covid-19. Do not blindly follow such things or else your own life may fall in danger. This particular Covid-19 virus can be transmitted in the areas of hot and humid climates also, like Rajasthan, Hyderabad, Chennai, Tamil Nadu and some other states. The best way to protect yourself against Covid-19 is by maintaining a physical distance from others while you are in public areas and frequently cleaning your hands with the help of hand washes or sanitizers.By doing so you can eliminate the bad infectants that may be present on your hands. This in turn helps you to avoid infection that could easily spread upon your face by touching your eyes, mouth and nose, carelessly.The most effective way to protect yourself against the new coronavirus is by frequently cleaning your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or washing them with soap and water. Once your hands are cleaned, you should dry them thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air dryer. Remember, hand dryers are not the ones effective in killing the coronavirus, but the sanitizers and hand washes are and they play a vital role in avoiding the spread of germs and viruses from different parts of our body.Also, there is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill this new coronavirus or any other disease. Generally, the normal human body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the external temperature or weather. Despite taking a hot water bath, your normal body temperature remains the same, around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. So, don’t commit to such things.Also, taking a hot bath with extremely hot water can be harmful, as it can leave you burns on your skin.Till date, there is neither proper information nor evidence to suggest that this new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes, pets or other animals. Therefore, we must be careful with everything that we see and everything that we touch. We are, solely, responsible to take care of your own lives and living.