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How to Work Efficiently from Home

Marlon Mai - 20/01/2015
How to Work Efficiently from Home

Two of my colleagues chose to work from home due to exceptional circumstances—a choice that elicited sighs of envy from other employees. What are some of the advantages and disadvantages to working from home?

As headhunting consultants, we can periodically choose to work from home, but in the long term, we need to work in an environment where we can communicate as a team. However, apart from headhunting, there are many jobs that can be done from home, such as artistic designers, writers, and software developers. 

Working from home gives you the opportunity to spend a lot of time with your family. It also drastically reduces the amount of time you spend commuting, and therefore saves you from the stress that commuting can create. However, working from home means that your work ethnic is more easily influenced; it is also detrimental to management and the establishment of a team. How, then, can we profit from these advantages while at the same time minimizing the disadvantages in order to work from home as efficiently as possible? I propose the following few suggestions:

First, devise a reasonable schedule. Plan a to-do list based on your daily work habits and the amount of work that you have to do, so that, as soon as start working, you're completely invested and don't allow yourself to get distracted by external factors. Be sure to plan reasonable breaks that correspond to each period of work.

Next, establish a series of work objectives. Even if you've already written up a schedule, it is impossible to measure the effectiveness of your work, or the amount of the work completed, if you don't have specific work objectives.

Additionally, it is important to maintain active and regular communication with your team and with the other departments in your company. If you only concentrate on your own work and cut all ties with other departments, your perception and standards will suffer. Similarly, if you stop communicating with your team, then it will be even harder to benefit from the sense of motivation that a team atmosphere provides.

Finally, be sure to encourage yourself at regular intervals. It is invariably harder to stay proactive when working on your own (as opposed to working as part of a team), so it is important to periodically reward yourself for your achievements in order to keep yourself motivated!

If circumstances permit you to work from home, then I hope that the suggestions above will help make your work less stressful and more efficient!

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Operations Director | Finance & Accounting, IT, Sales & Marketing Recruitment
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