By | Rakshitha Acharya | www.jobsforher.com
Having an industry expert give you the best tips on staying positive while working from home is something that everyone needs right now. So check out this blog which is based on an Expert Chat with Suba Lakshminarasimhan, Founder Director, SLN Brand Studio LLP.
Being proactive, planning ahead, communicating effectively and clearly, and being empathetic are some of the practices that will help you work better from your home.
Let’s start by understanding the importance of communication between team members while working from home.
How to Communicate With Teammates While Working From Home
One thing we all need to realise is that regardless of working in the office or at home, we depend on three major work resources — people, technology and the process (work process). The difference between working from home and in the office is that your workspace is different. You need to adopt a way that will help you work with the people, the technology and the process from the comfort of your home.
To begin with, you can combine the two teams that you have to work with. Team 1 consists of all the people in your house and team 2 consists of the people from your team at work. Communicating clearly with both the teams is very important.
With team 1, discuss and divide work among the members of your family, have a fixed plan on managing work in your house. Most importantly, allocate a dedicated workplace for yourself, this way your family will know that they should not disturb you when you are in your workplace.
Find out how to make your home your new office here.
When it comes to team 2, you need to focus on being empathetic. When you are having a discussion with your colleagues always try and understand the situation they are in. The more empathetic you are, the more you will avoid confusion.
One important tip to follow is that you have to get on a phone call or video call with your team members first thing in the morning, everyday.
Let your team know what is on your ‘to-do’ list for the day and at the same time, be aware of what they will be working on for the day.
The three points to always remember will be:
- Be very clear — avoid any miscommunication
- Trust your team members
- Be proactive. Precautions are always better than the cure!
How to Not Panic During This Time and Stay Positive
Being positive creates a healthy atmosphere at any given time in life, but the current situation specially demands positivity over panic. With the massive flow of information through television and social media, there is a possibility of wrongful information being passed around which will cause nothing but unnecessary stress and panic. This is the very reason why we should stay positive.
Positivity bears nothing but helpful fruits, It helps you think clearly and in the end, improves your health. By being positive, you are choosing a healthier life for yourself — mentally and physically.
To stay positive, you need to develop the habit of not talking about anything that creates negativity around you and also in you. For example, in the present time, you can avoid talking about the Coronavirus. Try not to use the word ‘Corona’ in your speech. With practices like this, you will be able to increase the positive elements in your life.
Some other tips that will help you be more positive are:
- Try to avoid negative thoughts. Ignore all the negativity around you
- Divert your mind to something positive. Develop some hobbies that will take your mind off of negativity.
- Introspect and shut down all the thoughts that create panic
Find out what work habits will help you stay positive and stay calm, here.
Now that you know how to communicate better and stay positive while working from home, do you wish to find the answers for the following questions?
- How to maintain work-life balance during this time?
- Is there a possibility of growing in my career while working from home?
- What are some ways that I can break free from the responsibilities of work and home while staying at home 24/7?
Then, watch this Expert Chat video to get your answers: