For most of us, working from the comfort of our homes has become the new norm. As we find our feet and get into the groove of remote work life, we are often faced with challenges that we cannot ignore. Employees today are experiencing an increase in distractions and a decrease in uninterrupted work time.
Whether you have found your productivity declining or you simply want to know ways to improve how you work, here are five tips that will help you boost your work performance and professional development.
1. Plan, prioritise and perform
Do you feel like you need more hours in the day to get work done? If you are familiar with this feeling, you may need to manage your time better. We sometimes leave the most challenging tasks for the end, even if they’re critical. If you want to increase your work performance, start by getting your most important tasks out of the way first. This is called the “Most Important Task” method. Instead of creating a massive to-do list every morning, choose 1-3 tasks that have to get done during the day and focus on only those. The MIT method does not mean that you do only three tasks per day. It means that you don’t devote your time to anything else until you finish those three tasks.
2. Say No to Multitasking
The most sinister of productivity myths is that multitasking makes you more efficient. Although multitasking may feel like it allows you to accomplish more, it is not quite the case. When you move from one task to another, it breaks the flow of your work. This can cause a waste of time, energy and make you more stressed. Studies state that switching between tasks can reduce your work performance by a massive 40%. So, whenever you have more than one task to be done, take a minute to evaluate which job is more important. Then devote your focus to it entirely. This benefits you and your company since you save valuable time and get things done without compromising the quality of work.
3. Conduct a strength/weakness analysis
We all have things we’re good at and things we need to work on. Therefore, a crucial step in improving your work performance is determining what skills you possess and where you have room for improvement. Evaluate the factors that stop you from performing well. You can even take the help of a co-worker or your manager. Then list out what you can do to overcome these hurdles. Read, speak to colleagues, attend webinars, take up courses. Do whatever you can to be the best at what you do.
4. Pay attention to ergonomics
An uncomfortable work environment can drastically affect your work performance. Incorporating ergonomics into your home office space will benefit you in several ways; here’s how. Ergonomics is all about making your work environment safe and comfortable to avoid stress, injuries and other factors that can affect your overall health. For example, if you’re sitting on a chair that’s not helping your posture, you may not be able to concentrate on work. An ergonomic chair, a desk and a monitor/laptop riser are the three most essential pieces of equipment you should have.
As an employer, making sure your employees are working safely at home is a legal requirement. We have partnered with ergonomics experts called Spectrum Optimise to offer you and your remote employees workstation or DSE assessments. This assessment takes no more than 30 minutes and is an excellent addition to your remote working policy. These assessments can be done individually for the company as a whole. Click here to know more.
5. Don’t stop learning
When you work in a team, you meet people that come from different backgrounds. They often have different levels of expertise, passion and experience. Whether you’re a fresher or a top-level manager, it is essential always to remember that each person in your team brings something unique to the table. According to Maslow’s Hierarchy, in building a high-performance team, sharing knowledge about processes can build your team up to self-actualisation and enhance team productivity. It also helps build relationships, collaborate efficiently and validate what you already know.
You can also keep yourself updated by reading and learning more about your industry, company, and topics that spark your interest.
These are challenging times, and we may sometimes feel like our motivation has taken a battering. However, there are ways to pick yourself up and get yourself back on track. Here are some tips to stay motivated during tough times and get out of a work-from-home slump.