As we adapt to working virtually, breaking up your workday, injecting fun, and valuing people over tech can help boost morale and motivation.
The current crisis is putting remote and virtual working under the spotlight. So how can we make the best of working from home (or WFH, the acronym all the cool kids are using)?
While this feels like a gift to my more introverted friends, who work best alone, possibly on the sofa and in their pyjamas, I flourish in a bricks-and-mortar setting surrounded by the creativity and energy of my colleagues. We are all adapting.
It’s also worth noting that this is really working through a crisis (WTC) – which for many means being at home with restless or anxious kids, partners, flatmates or parents. Like most, I’ve had to implement new mechanisms to overcome the challenges of working virtually.
My background in the field of Human-Computer Interaction – which, at its most basic level, relates to our connection as humans with digital tools, and our interactions with each other using these tools – is coming in handy as I adapt.
So, in case your teams are struggling to adapt to lockdown life, keep spirits up, and thrive in frighteningly uncertain times, here they are:
1. Break up your day
Constructing a healthy and appealing work environment centered on human interaction and collaboration takes effort. I recently caught up with Bruce Daisley, author of best-selling business book The Joy of Work, who believes finding balance is the secret. “One progressive organization,” he says, “told me they have changed the way that meetings work. No meetings are longer than 30 minutes, and everyone is entitled to put blocks of ‘Do Not Schedule’ time in their calendar to deal with screaming children.”
This idea of thinking about work in blocks is one Bruce stands behind. “What do you need to do? Can you do it in an hour of concentration in the mornings? When do you need to communicate with colleagues? Can you do that in a block of time (where everyone is online together) before lunch?"