Some Tips for Home Working from Sarah Harvey
Published 12:38 on 1 May 2020
With so many of us working from home, at least for the time being, I was approached by an online book publisher a month ago to write an e-book on the subject. Having only published "Savvy Conversations: A practical framework for effective working relationships" in January, I had no intentions of writing another book this year I can assure you.
But it struck me that a practical home working guide would be a helpful thing to do with so many people and organisations forced to grapple with the issue at the moment. So it's done! I've researched it, gathered people's experiences, written a 19,000-word book and I submitted it to the editorial and production team on Wednesday this week. Phew, that's kept me extremely busy in lockdown in a way I hadn't anticipated!
The ebook is called "The Ultimate A-Z of Home Working" and I'll share with you the details of where and how you can get hold of it as soon as I can. The plan is to publish it by the end of this month.
You can expect lots of Savvy Tips (gathered from around the world but in particular UK, USA and Australia) and naturally, a consistent theme of maintaining great communications by knowing how to have the right conversations, in the right way (zoom anyone?) at the right time.
In the meantime, I thought I would share with you my A-Z headings (spoiler alert: Z is not actually for ZOOM!) to prompt you to reflect on your own home working set up:
A = Adapt
Your working style, how you communicate, how you get your best work done.
B = Breaks
How to break up your day to avoid burnout.
C = Conversational culture
My favourite topic - the right conversation, in the right way, at the right time.
D = Daily structure
Implementing a structure that works for you.
E = Energy
Tapping into the relational energy we get from being with others (whilst distanced).
F = Flexible working
Homeworking and flexible working are not necessarily the same thing.
G = Get support
Remote working doesn't have to feel remote.
H = Human connection
Allowing for a deeper level of connection and engagement.
I = Imposter syndrome
Homeworkers are at increased risk, so what can we do about it?
J = Jump up!
Sitting is bad for us - how to move more when home working.
K = Keeping in touch
How and why regular check-ins support our emotional wellbeing.
L = Listen
One of the most important skills for home workers to develop.
M = Managing homeworkers
Challenges, setting expectations, avoiding micro-managing.
N = Netflix and other distractions
Overcoming procrastination and avoiding distractions.
O = Organise
Time management, Pareto principle, Eat that Frog!
P = Parents and carers
Managing home and work-life when others are at home too.
Q = Quality over quantity
Focusing on outputs and outcomes rather than the number of hours worked.
R = Relationships
Building trust consciously and deliberately.
S = Self-care
Physically and mentally looking after your wellbeing so that you thrive at home working.
T = Technology
The (very slightly) technical bit to keep you safe and efficient online.
U = Unite your team
Creating a team with empathy for one another when you're not actually together.
V = Virtual meetings
Phone and video call essentials and etiquette.
W = What to wear
Pyjamas or suited and booted - you decide!
X = X marks the spot
Your home office space essentials.
Y = Your own way
Listen to the experts and experienced homeworkers then do it your way.
Z = Zzzzz's
The importance of sleep, rest and relaxation.
Did any of these particularly resonate with you? If they did do get in touch, I'll be happy to share my research and thoughts in more detail.
If there is anything I can do to offer you support through these most challenging of times PLEASE let me know. If I can help you I certainly will.
Stay in touch.
Savvy Sarah x
Sarah Harvey Chartered FCIPD FInstLM
Last updated 10:10 on 4 October 2021