As more and more companies of every size in the U.S. begin to implement new work from home policies because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Associates are now having to find different ways to be productive without their typical office surroundings and coworkers. While working from home may sound like an easy thing to do, it definitely takes some planning and structure. With varying responsibilities between every job title, the amount and type of work you’re able to complete will vary. However, there are things you can do to ensure productivity that will help you get your daily tasks completed as efficiently as possible. Read on to learn a few tips that we have shared with the Associates at Signature Performance to help guide them through the process of working from home.
Create a Designated Work Space
Just like when you go to work, you have a designated space that allows you to work efficiently and store everything you need to be productive for the day. Working from home should be no different. If you are one of many who are having to navigate working from home with children or a spouse, chances are guidelines for your work space will need to be established. You can do this by scheduling designated quiet time and a lunch break.
Maintain Your Daily Routine
If you’re not used to working at home, it can be difficult navigating some challenges that you might not have to deal with at the office. In order to make your day as productive as possible, it’s important to outline a schedule and stick to it. When you are working from home, be sure to do all of the things you would typically do to prepare for a day at the office. In order to set yourself up for success in this new routine, be sure to set your alarm in the morning and wake up around the same time. This will not only help you prep for your work day physically, but also mentally. Change out of your pajamas, grab your favorite coffee and get situated in your designated work space. In order to stay on schedule during the day, use a calendar to segment your daily tasks. It’s important to know what you need to accomplish and when.
Interact with Your Colleagues
When you work from home, especially during an event like COVID-19, you can quickly begin to feel disconnected from those you work with. Finding a way to stay connected to your team during your time at home is key. If your workload consists of meetings, enable a video chat option. If you need to be in contact with your team outside of just email, implement an instant messaging system in your daily communication.
Set Timers to Avoid Distractions
Between social media and all of the different news platforms reporting on COVID-19, it’s really easy to get caught up online and lose your productivity. It’s important to stay informed during this time, but setting timers will help you redirect your attention so you can complete your daily tasks on time.
Schedule Breaks Throughout Your Day
Much like when you go into the office, it is important to remember to get up and stretch your legs and take a break from looking at your computer screen. Make it a priority to schedule short breaks during your work day. If weather permits, take a walk around the block so you can get some fresh air. This will not only help you stretch, but taking some time to clear your mind can help you realign your focus so you can continue to check items off of your to-do list.
At Signature Performance, our biggest asset is our Associates. Our Signature Way culture allows us to work as a united team from anywhere while we continue to serve our clients’ in the center of the healthcare industry with a unique comprehension of the largest problems both payers and providers face today. Follow along on our Facebook and Instagram pages to see how our Associates are continuing to make an impact during the week.
Stephanie Hyland is the Brand Experience Strategist at Signature Performance Inc., in Omaha, NE. Signature Performance is an industry leader in reducing healthcare administration costs for private and public healthcare sectors. Our unmatched experience in serving both the payer and provider side of healthcare financial management allows us to implement innovative solutions for every administrative demand.