A calm, quiet and safe space from which to work is a basic right for each and every one of our Weployees, but at the moment we’re having to create these spaces for ourselves, at home.
Unfortunately we don’t have Office Admin staff, cleaners or receptionists to help us recreate the same environments we’re used to in the workplace, and there are things we cannot always control when it comes to our home environments... but we aim to set everyone within our community up for success and keep them safe and feeling healthy whilst they are working. Here, we’d like to share some of the guidelines and best practise tips and tricks we use to help our Weployees recreate an office environment as best they can, to keep them healthy, motivated, focused and effective throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Your designated work area should include a desk with an adjustable height and ideally a width of around 700mm to accommodate a laptop, laptop stand, monitor, keyboard and mouse.
Having a proper workstation at home will not only help to keep you performing at your best and most productive, but it will help to protect your physical and mental wellbeing in the long run. There is a real risk of burnout for staff working from home right now - when there is no physical separation between the workspace and office space, it is tempting to never stop. But in order to ensure you come out of the current situation at your best - ready to go back to our ‘new normal’ these 8 simple steps are a perfect place to start.
My last post covered how business leaders are looking to build agility and foster innovation into their organisations by using Project teams. Now I want to look at the second approach that came out from my research: breaking down roles into activities and subsequently optimising tasks.
According to a report by McKinsey, 30%-60% of a front line managers time is spent on administration and meetings. And recent research by The Workforce Institute in Australia claims that by cutting just one hour of non-essential tasks could save organisations AU$22 billion dollars a year. There are many ways to help individuals prioritise tasks.
One such technique came from US President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Drawing upon his experience as the Allied Forces Supreme Commander in the Second World War, he noted:
“What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important”
He devised a simple 2x2 matrix that separates tasks into four categories, with each category determining how you should approach the task.
According to the Harvard Business Review, a study of more than a million respondents found that voluntary turnover peaked one year after their start dates. Celebrating that first anniversary re-engages employees at a critical juncture, and provides an emotional lift right when employees are most likely to see if the grass really is greener elsewhere. We're celebrating all things Jules today, reflecting back on the past year, and comparing the Julian Hopper of 2018 to the Julian Hopper of 2019 edition!
My alarm goes off between 6:15-6:30am, I prefer to have 30-40 minutes by myself in the morning to collect my thoughts not rush around before work otherwise it sets the tone not only for the day but possibly the week. I don’t like the term “work-life” balance as its never resonated with me and I prefer to focus on improving work-life integration. That said, I plan my weeks meticulously on a Sunday evening, and also at the end of each day (which includes meetings, work and self-care).