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Tips for a Successful, Flexible Work Model This Fall
Published By: Eric Johannson | Fri Sep 18, 2020
A recent PwC survey revealed that executives anticipate 77% of employees will work remotely at least one day a week and 55% will continue to do so when COVID-19 is no longer a concern (“US Remote Work Survey,” 2020). That’s over three-quarters of all employees right now and over half in the future!
The flex model is partially a product of our current situation, but it is also here to stay for the majority of companies. Whether you’re in the office, at home, or a combination of the two, the need for a successful, flexible work model has never been more apparent than it is now.
Here’s how to prepare yourself (and your team!) for the continuation of remote work.
1. Get Comfortable in Your New Space, But Stick to a Routine
Some people value a dedicated workspace while others prefer to move around throughout the day. You might start on the couch responding to emails, shift to the kitchen while you make a cup of coffee, and ultimately end up at your desk for the rest of the afternoon.
Wherever you are, take note of your productivity. Are there certain areas you’re less distracted? If so, spend more time there, especially when working on important projects to ensure your quality of work stays consistent.
In addition to being comfortable, try to stick to a routine when working from home because whether or not we choose to embrace it, we are all creatures of habit. For those of us who didn’t work remotely prior to the pandemic, this may be something you lost along the way, but it’s not too late to get it back! If it helps, write it out. Start or end your day by logging all the tasks you accomplish. After a couple weeks have passed, you’ll have a good indication of your “new normal” routine.
2. Consider Subscription Services for Your Home Office Equipment
For home office setups, a subscription model or Printing as a Service (PaaS), often makes the most financial sense. It allows you to spend less on upfront equipment costs and still have access to all of the tools you need to work effectively from home. Typically, you can receive the device(s), supplies, service, and technical support all for one monthly fee.
You can read more about the benefits of Printing as a Service here.
3. Don’t Forget to Connect with Your Co-workers
While we’re all in our own homes, it’s important to take the time to connect with your team on non-work related topics, just as you would at the office. It can be difficult to stay motivated while remote so, whenever possible, reach out for support! This could mean actively participating in meetings, even when it’s a large group, turning on your camera, and/or calling instead of email or instant message.These are just a few ways you can prepare for the continuation of remote work. If you would like to learn more about specific solutions for home offices, please reach out today. We’re here to help you and your business move forward.