Anthony Haynes writes: FJ Wilson Talent Services (FJWTS) makes extensive use of home- and remote working. I asked members of the team to volunteer tips, based on their own experience, for being productive.
Here are some responses.
Our candidate interviewer, Gill Wilson, writes:
- I walk the dog first. That way, she settles down and is less likely to bark or distract me
- Have a proper breakfast and at least one cup of tea
- Close the office door – it signals to my partner that I am working and not to be disturbed
- Have a good chair – otherwise I get backache
- Keep my desk tidy – separate work and personal documents
- Give myself regular breaks, have a cup of tea with my partner, play with the dog, water the plants – after all, this is a perk of working from home and it clears my head and my productivity increases
- Know when to stop – work can easily consume my life if I am not careful
And our service delivery executive, Gillie Ritchie, writes:
- I have a mini office set-up which then switches me into “work” mode. The set-up includes a small laptop desk and back support.
- Generally I have background radio playing, which helps me focus.
- I have an ample supply of water to keep me hydrated, which helps me with concentration.
- I don’t tend to get distracted if I’m in “the zone” and I know what I have to achieve that day.
- I work from a handover that Dilly Clack (Service Delivery Manager) and Fiona Wilson (FJWTS MD) have input into, so my day is very clear from the start of the day with a specification of the things which need to be actioned.
- Generally when working from home, contact with other team members is via email with the occasional voice or video call.
And our MD, Fiona Wilson, writes:
- make good quality ‘posh’ coffee to start the day
- schedule time when you are seen as ‘unavailable’ to ensure you are uninterrupted and stick to your work to-do list and priorities. We have a shared team calendar so my status is readily visible
- use the first session of day either planning or using for a key piece of work — and not for email
- take regular breaks from screen time, but be disciplined with length of these breaks
- use facetime/skype/hangout (either as a group, or 1:1) to help maintain the sense of belonging to a team
- avoid answering home landline until break times or the end of working day