Working from home has been a popular choice for many for a good number of years. The long commute from home to work and vice versa was one reason some opted to work remotely. However, more so than now, it has become a hot topic as more and more companies are embracing the idea and find that in some cases, employees are more productive working from home than commuting to the office every day.

One main reason for this is due to the ever-evolving technological advancements that many companies have embraced. Software and advances such as Cloud computing, Slack, Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts and more have become the norm and made it much easier to communicate with peers and work, than ever before. We can even text and email our colleagues and seniors. In many cases work can be done just as effectively, if not more when working from home.

If, however, you have never done it before, and now is the first time you have to adjust to the new scenario, how do you make sure you can work effectively being away from the office? We have a few tips for you below to help you out.

Plan Your Breaks and Other Social Interactions

Before you do anything else, make sure you plan. Some people prefer the idea of being in solitude, but not everyone is accustomed to that especially if you have worked in an office all your life, and now need to make a drastic change, make sure to plan your breaks, and also schedule social interactions with colleagues, either online or face to face.

Use apps that will remind you to take a break every couple of hours, or step away from your desk and play some games for 20 minutes. You don’t need to sit in front of your PlayStation and spend 3 hours playing DOOM, rather opt for websites on your laptop that offer quick games like Regentplay casino and get your mind off work for at least 20 minutes to half an hour every couple of hours. According to the Health and Safety regulations 1992, It is recommended to step away from your desk once every 3 hours, for at least 20 minutes.

Begin With your Space

One of the most important things to get you into the idea of working from your home is to deliberately set up a fully functional space. You may or may not have the room to create a home office, but having a quiet and secluded space to work at, that’s away from the rest of the house will help a lot. Separating your work from other personal spaces makes it clear that when you walk into your workspace it is dedicated to working alone and will help you focus better as well.

What Are the Basic Rules?

One thing many employers miss is that when it comes to moving away from working at the office where you originally had a 9 to 5 routine, versus working from home, the clarification must be made. Will it continue to be this way or will there be flexible hours? Things such as working on public Wi-Fi or the tools you will need to be using, and more, need to be clarified with all employees and staff members.

Employers need to make clear the rules, as well as provide their employees with the right equipment to work efficiently. Things such as a laptop, passwords, network access can be taken for granted and forgotten.

We hope these few tips above will help guide you into starting your day off well.

By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.