Yet, many of us don’t have home offices that support the way we need to work or our long-term ergonomic needs.
What is an ergonomic need?
Think about the angle of your computer monitor or the height of your desk. Think about whether your eyes are strained by the end of the day or if your wrists hurt from typing. A sound understanding of ergonomics helps people safely, efficiently and comfortably interact with their work environment.
Stay in tune with your body
When we work from home we tend to spend more time at our desks than when we are in the office which can lead to:
Make sure to schedule stretching breaks and change your posture - consider standing for a call.
Eye Strain & Fatigue
Use a larger monitor if you can. Sit by a window and use a task lamp to supplement the natural light. Give your eyes a break and regularly look across the room.
Poor Posture & Improper Alignment
If you don’t have a footrest or adjustable height desk, get creative with stacking sturdy boxes, books and other household items!
Ways to ensure your team will be successful working remotely:
- Use remote collaboration tools and protocols
- Adapt a results-oriented management style that supports these new ways of working
- Establish clear performance measures
- Manage results, not presence
- Quickly get to the root cause of what may be impacting productivity (e.g. training or motivation issue)
Embrace the Experience
- Be honest with your team about the changes and potential challenges
- Identify processes that might need to evolve to accommodate more remote working (e.g. paper-based processes)
- It is completely normal for people at all levels to face differing challenges during the first several weeks of remote working, which could affect their individual and team performance
- It is important to keep open lines of communication to ensure employees transition smoothly
Involve the Team
- Create a structure for support and feedback
- Take inventory of your team’s work processes
- Agree to how you want to track work and set deadlines
- Set expectations about communication methods and frequency
- Check in!
Communicate & Engage
- Develop new communication and collaboration strategies as a team
- Promote and create opportunities for informal communication
- Become a pro at virtual meetings
- Too much communication is better than not enough
Support One Another
Conducting regular check-ins with colleagues and managers can help keep all team members engaged and successful, and avoiding struggles with working remote, illustrated by:
- Joining meetings late
- Constant interruptions and distractions
- Challenges using communication/collaboration tools
- Feelings of disconnection from colleagues, team and office
- Identify and celebrate small wins in the transition to remote working
- Use creative ways to incorporate fun into work– like a virtual party when a major deliverable is completed
- Recognize good work