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Employee Work-from-Home Guide: Best Practices: Page 2 of 3

Make sure your work-from-home arrangement does not violate any compliance obligations for your particular business. Also, keep in mind that not all employees have the same internet connectivity and bandwidth at home as they do in the office. 

For organizations finding it difficult to quickly scale up their VPN infrastructures, one Society for Human Resources Management article identifies the following option to create cloud-based "application gateways" that limit network access to the select needs of employees. “Such gateways create a secure, behind the firewall access to on-premise applications.”

   4. CONSIDER DRESSING LIKE YOU’RE GOING TO WORK IN THE OFFICE.

The way you dress has been proven to affect you psychologically. This means that although it may sound like a great idea to work from home in your pajamas, in reality, it may discourage productivity. While you do not need to dress up in business formal attire if you are working from home, it may be helpful to take the time to shower, brush your teeth, and get ready for the day. Set yourself up in a successful and productive mindset as you head to work – even if only down the hall in your home. Consider dressing in casual—not sloppy—attire.

    5. AVOID DISTRACTIONS AND STAY ON TASK.

One big challenge of telecommuting is accountability. Without co-workers or managers nearby, it’s easy to become distracted which can lead to you falling behind on work. Remember that it will become apparent if you are not putting in the same effort into your work at home as you did in the office.

Working from home is not an effective substitute for day-care for children. While your family members may be in the house while you are working, ensuring you have a private location and communicating to your family members about your work obligations can go a long way to reducing interruptions and distractions. Make sure that you are situated in a spot in the home that is relatively noise-proof to prevent barking dogs or children playing from interrupting phone or conference calls. You are still representing your employer and want to convey a professional image, regardless of where you are physically located for your workday.

   6. EVALUATE YOURSELF PERIODICALLY.

To ensure tha t telecommuting is working for you, be sure to conduct self-assessments periodically. Things to include in your assessment could include the following:  

What is working as far as your hours?
What are you accomplishing in the office versus out of the office?
Are you meeting all of your deadlines?
Are you feeling connected with your team?

   

7. REMEMBER TO TAKE BREAKS WHEN YOU NEED TO.

Just like you are encouraged to take breaks while you’re in the office, remember to allow yourself time throughout the day for quick breaks. If you need a short break to gather your thoughts, try walking around the house or down the street, stretching, or making a snack or meal. A major advantage of working from home is having flexibility. Just keep in mind your work commitments and communicate your availability consistent