As part of South Africa’s Disaster Management Act, strict measures have been put in place to contain the spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus and prevent local transmissions.
South Africa’s number of confirmed Covid-19 cases continue to grow meaning that businesses across the country are closing their doors.
Some of SA’s businesses are fortunate enough to allow employees to work remotely but, despite its popularity in multiple industries, adjusting to this arrangement may be challenging to those not accustomed to it.
Here are 8 ways in which South Africa’s employees can adjust to working from home.
1. Set up an office
Rather than sitting down at the dining room table and working from there, choose a space in your home and set it up to look like your workspace at the office.
2. Remember to take a lunch break
Schedule a time for lunch and stick to it. Pack your lunch before you sit down to start your day, then eat it at the same time as you would at work.
3. Stick to Office hours
Despite how much some people dread the daily 9-5 grind, sticking to it during this time will not only help to keep you focused, but will also give you something to look forward to – going home.
4. Create a schedule
Take some time to create a list of all the tasks you usually complete during working hours. No more, no less. This brings us to the next point.
5. Know when to stop
Implementing the above-mentioned routine will prevent you from working more (or less) hours. Not having the usual cues that it’s time to go home (co-workers getting up to leave etc.) means that it’s easy to lose track of time and work longer hours.
6. Get Dressed
Working from home may seem like a prime opportunity to stay in your pyjamas the whole day, but to get the authentic “office feel”, get dressed in the morning. On a side note, if your workplace has a set dress code, stick to it at home too.
7. Tell people about it
If you live with other people, let them know that you will be unavailable during certain hours – just like when you are at the office. Emphasise that you are available in case of emergency though.
8. Stay in touch
Working from home, in this case, means that you (and your co-workers) will not be able to attend meetings. Your employers might set up regular skype meetings to stay in touch and allocate tasks, so be sure to attend and treat it like you would an in-office meeting. See Point 6