By Jes Schneider
In the middle of 2020, when the world seemed to turn every position into a “work from home” position, it was business as usual for Event 360. While there are innumerable benefits to working out of a home office, it is very easy to fall into a routine that can get monotonous. We have been successfully working remotely since our early days and have found some great tips and tricks to make the day-to-day just a little bit more fun.
Here are our top eight tips for working from home:
- Listening to music, podcasts, or audio books throughout the day is a great way to not keep the mind sharp by learning through osmosis (that totally works, right?) and can reduce anxiety/negative thoughts according to a study published by Psychology Today.
- Take the time to create a workspace that fosters creativity and efficiency. Whether it’s a corner in your bedroom or your dedicated home office, this can have a huge impact on how you feel about your productivity at work. Check with your employer about a stipend or budget allocated for home-office development or connect with your HR team to express interest in such benefits.
- Schedule an occasional co-working session with someone you work with who resides in your area. Even if you are not on the same team and are simply working in the presence of someone else, it can allow you to feel connected to your company mission and values. You can even try a Zoom or Microsoft Teams co-working session virtually.
- Make time throughout the day to focus on your mental health. This can be a brief walk around the block, a trip to a coffee shop for a treat, meditation, or a fitness class.
- Organize a virtual happy hour on occasion with your coworkers. Give your team a say in what the topic of the happy hour is each month, e.g., a virtual trivia session, an online game, or something work appropriate that everyone agrees would sound fun!
- Utilize the time you previously spent commuting to learn a new skill or hobby. Have you always wanted to learn to knit? Pick up a guitar? Learn a new language? Maybe try a new sport that looks interesting? Perhaps you’ve seen your friends posting successful baking efforts on social media? What better time than now!
- Be sure to shut off work when the day is done. Close your computer. Turn off work-related app notifications on your phone (if possible). Outside of an emergency, work can wait until the next working day.
- Lastly, and most importantly, take the time to use your paid time off/vacation time. It can be tempting to save up the time, especially if your area isn’t permitting travel yet. It is vital that all employees take PTO to rest, relax, and recharge. Staycations or long-weekend getaways can be just as effective as an old-fashioned holiday. Employers provide paid time off as part of your compensation package — you wouldn’t leave money on the table, so be sure to take advantage of benefits you’ve earned.
There are many more benefits to working from home than those we have listed here, but our employees have learned a thing or two after working remotely for many years and have found these to be valuable to maintaining their work-life balance.
Jes Schneider has been with Event 360 since 2018 as the Human Resources Manager. She has over a decade of experience in HR and recently obtained her Master’s Degree from Penn State in the specialty. When she’s not supporting Event 360’s staff, she can be found in her kitchen, cooking or baking, with a coffee in her hand (hot or iced), listening to a true crime podcast.