AD | Includes PR samples*. I’ve been working from home for a year! Where did that time go? If someone had told me then that I’d still be working from home a year later, I’d be fuming. Instead, I’m actually laughing when I look back at what I wrote last year about disliking to work from home.
A lot can change in a year and that’s a good thing. Especially as I’ll be working remotely for the foreseeable future. I got a new job nearly six months ago and since their offices are located further south, I’ll be working remotely even when restrictions lift.
In the last year, I have learnt a fair few things about working from home which I thought I’d share with you.
People are great at adapting
If there is something I’ve learnt this year it’s that we’re so quick in adapting. I see people on social media now who are apprehensive to going out in the wide world when lockdown starts to lift. We’ve already got used to living in our small households and not seeing many people, if any, on a daily basis.
And like me, a year ago I wasn’t keen on working on my own from home but now I actually love it. I love the fact that I am in charge of my own time. I can wait till 20 minutes before I need to be at my desk before getting out of bed, should I want to. Shores like the washing doesn’t have to wait until the weekend or be done late in an evening. Right now it doesn’t matter but it’ll free up so much of my free time once we go back to “normal”. The I will have time to see friends and do fun things outside of work.
Office fashion has changed
I’ll be honest, to keep a healthy work and life balance at home, I have dressed up as I normally would going into an office. But, no one knows what I wear from my waist down so I could get away with sitting in my loungewear if I want to. It’s more about the waist up these days. Statement jewellery, quirky collars and shoulder ruffs have never been more important.
Thanks to Everything5Pounds I have invested in some spring and summer pieces that will help me look more interesting on screen. They have lots of fun and out there clothing so if you’re looking to up your working from home wardrobe without spending a fortune, I can highly recommend. They’ve also got some cool loungewear if that’s what you prefer.
Office work culture has shifted
I’ve almost been in my new job for six months now. That time has flown but I’m so happy to say that I feel like I’ve worked there for much longer (in a good way). I feel part of the team, even though I’ve only met a couple of my colleagues in real life. It’s weird to think that I have no idea how their previous work culture was, I only know the one we have over screen. I must say, it’s a really good one. Everyone has made me feel so welcomed and I’ve integrated with out any issues from my side.
We try as much as possible to have virtual work groups where we can chat about everything and nothing whilst getting on with or own work. We’re encouraged to book out meetings with fellow colleagues who work on the same project to chat about it and bounce ideas. Sure, it can never replace spontaneous chats when making a cup of tea or outings for team lunches. I do miss random conversations with desk buddies but I think because we’re all in the same boat, people actually make more of an effort and understands what we’re all going through.
A good work space set up is important
Like I mentioned in my post a year ago, I have a dedicated work space in my flat. A desk which I only carry out work tasks at. I never bring my laptop to the bed or sofa or kitchen and this is because I want to maintain a healthy work and life balance.
It’s really important to have a good desk set up for ergonomics and effectiveness as well. Having the right tools for working remotely has made it a lot easier for me. My new job kindly sent me a proper desk chair (my own choice of model). Just this week we got sent a snake plant to spice up or work space with. Plants are great for reducing stress, encouraging creativity and they also look great.
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