As pandemic restrictions continue to restrict the number of employees that can safely occupy many offices around the world, businesses are continuing to allow their employees to work remotely. While it may seem that maintaining a remote workforce could be detrimental to a business, remote employees actually provide a number of benefits to businesses worldwide. Reduction of office operating costs as a result of fewer employees occupying the office, in addition to an increase in employee productivity and morale are just a few of these benefits. The largest challenge of remote work typically falls on the employees themselves in the form of finding a healthy work-life balance while working from home.
Before detailing that challenge, it’s important to consider how to effectively transition into remote work. The most basic components of a work-from-home setup are fairly common in most homes throughout the United States. A manageable internet connection, necessary hardware such as a desktop or laptop, and a few peripherals like a mouse and keyboard and you’re ready to report to work (from home). More and more advancements in the way of video conferencing have also made this transition much simpler on employees and businesses throughout the country.
However, as mentioned previously, the true challenge isn’t the work that the employees have to accomplish from home. The true challenge is the inability to separate work-life from home-life for a majority of these remote employees. It’s hard to ignore the many distractions that can come from working from home. Despite having an established workspace somewhere in the home, it can be just as tempting to throw in a load of laundry while on the clock. The inability to find a healthy balance between work responsibilities and a leisure activities has been cited as the most difficult element of working remotely.
With the infographic featured alongside this post however, remote employees may find a number of strategies that should assist in maintaining focus from their home offices. While it can be difficult to live two separate lives in one environment, it is accomplishable with some direction. How to Create a Home Office That Improves Work/Life Balance is exactly the type of direction that remote employees could use.
Some of the most important takeaways from the featured resource are establishing an office in a secluded part of the home, maintaining a mindset similar to that of one in the office, and mentally separating yourself from home throughout the work hours. Beginning with the first, the space in which you work remotely every day is important. If possible, it’s best to prioritize a room that is vacant and spacious enough to support all of the work hardware that you’ll need. If your home is lacking in vacancy, prioritize a space that is furthest away from the most common household distractions. Stay away from the TVs in the home, avoid spaces where your children can easily invade, as this leads to the second most important aspect of remote work: maintaining a mindset similar to that of working in the office. Most of the distractions at home wouldn’t be an issue while in the office. While this is by design, it’s important to try to remain on track while working remotely. Mentally and physically separating yourself from the many elements of the home and attending to your work responsibilities strictly until the work-day is over is the most effective means to establishing a manageable work/life balance.
Sara Scimeca is Marketing Coordinator for Synergy Builders, a stress-free remodeling company. She has two years of experience in the industry and manages Synergy’s marketing plans including creation of content for newsletters, brochures, advertisements, videos and more.