wfh personality types

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Our top three unconventional wfh productivity tips

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  1. Spread meetings across your working week

Why not try to span your meetings all over your next working week. Otherwise if you have to jump from one meeting to the next you are far more likely to struggle. To get irritated.

If possible, aim for some time to decompress inbetween meetings to get some rest and calm down. Especially if you are making meeting notes after a key meeting. Or its the first time you’ve spoen to a prospect or new client. Be honest, you dont know you well – or even how long – this type of meeting will take.

Whereas, spanning them all over the week, will stop you becoming overwhelmed at any part of the day or the week.

  • Throw away your To do lists

We all have a shortlist of top priority tasks and a much longer list for other days!

That’s fine and important.

Still, however well you plan each work day, there will be at least one client (or family) request that has to be attended to instantly.

Also, at least one friend or colleague each day will send you some instant messages for your personal recommendations. For someone or something they can’t seem to do themselves!

  • Don’t have a dedicated place to work

Should you create a dedicated office space? You must have heard this said many times. It depends though. If you like variety and have a big house… then try working in several places each day.

They say that a change is as good as a rest. So maybe you have an assigned place for your formal calls. another for more personal video calls. One for reading and researching on your iPad. One for quiet work. And so on. We encourage you to switch places often!

Other wfh productivity related content

Hybrid working is becoming part of the new normal. Hence we have developed our wfh personas based upon individual personality differences. We have also developed a digital leader assessment based upon our remote leadership model 2021.

wfh Checklist (for employers)

Confirm employee rights

Consult the relevant trade union, if any, to ensure equal treatment for these workers. In the current context, it may be prudent to expressly state that any changes are temporary and that the employee will, if applicable, return to office-based working once the situation ends.

Confirm contact methods and regularity

Advise homeworkers to establish when and how they will have contact with their manager; reporting in at regular times can also help combat isolation and stress.

Providing equipment

There is no obligation for employers to provide computer or other equipment necessary for working at home, although, given the latest Government advice, employers should do what they can to enable home working. It is prudent to list the equipment that has been supplied in the home working agreement, consent or policy. Remember that provision of equipment could be a reasonable adjustment for some disabled employees and may be the safest option for those with existing health conditions or pregnant employees at this time.

Think about health and safety obligations

Remote worker employers:

  • Are responsible for an employee’s health, safety and welfare, even when working from home.
  • Need to make sure that homeworkers are knowledgeable about health and safety and that they comply with the organisation’s health and safety policy.
  • May remind staff that they should ensure a suitable and safe environment where they can focus on work.
  • Should remind employees that they should continue to comply with your sickness absence policy and report their sickness to their line manager when they are sick and unable to work.

Carry out risk assessment

  • Employers of remote workers should usually conduct risk assessments of all the work activities carried out by employees those working from home.
  • However, at this time undertaking physical risk assessments of each employee’s home will not feasible and so employers could use electronic risk assessment questions instead.
  • It is the employee’s responsibility to address any flaws in the home revealed by the assessment.
  • Health and Safety legislation puts some responsibility on home workers to ensure the safety of all household members.

Review working time and length of period

  • Will employees need to be available for work during strict office hours or work a specified a set number of hours per day?
  • There may be more flexibility over working hours in a work from home arrangement…
  • Remote workers’ working time regulations must always be complied with (working week, daily rest break etc).
  • Instruct managers to look out for signs of overwork.

Clarify with each remote worker’s benefits package

  • Of coursewhen switching to remote work most salary and other benefits packages will remain the same.
  • Although in metropolitan cities, such as London, San Francisco and New York, then location allowance may be affected.
  • Also, some changes to expenses may occur.
  • Yes, it is the employee’s responsibility to check insurance and tax issues…
  • But, we advise remote workers to do likewise for their own home office set-up – particualrly important is to update your mortgage provider or landlord.

Data protection

Every employer of remote workers should…

  • Maintain all of their Data protection obligations.
  • Remind all employees that computer security still applies when remote working…
  • As does confidentiality.

Provided by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), who have kindly given us permission to reproduce. 

Our top three unconventional wfh productivity tips

Welcome to our latest puff piece!

  1. Throw away your To do lists

We all have a shortlist of top priority tasks and a much longer list for other days!

That’s fine and important.

Still, however well you plan each work day, there will be at least one client (or family) request that has to be attended to instantly.

Also, at least one friend or colleague each day will send you some instant messages for your personal recommendations. For someone or something they can’t seem to do themselves!

3. Don’t have a dedicated place to work

Should you create a dedicated office space? You must have heard this said many times. It depends though. If you like variety and have a big house… then try working in several places each day. They say that a change is as good as a rest. So maybe you have an assigned place for your formal calls. another for more personal video calls. One for reading and researching on your iPad. One for quiet work. And so on. We encourage you to switch places often!

  1. Span meetings all over the week

You should span them all over the week. Otherwise if you have to jump from one meeting to the next you are far more likely to struggle. To get irritated.

If possible, aim for some time to decompress inbetween meetings to get some rest and calm down. Especially if you are making meeting notes after a key meeting. Or its the first time you’ve spoen to a prospect or new client. Be honest, you dont know you well – or even how long – this type of meeting will take.

Whereas, spanning them all over the week, will stop you becoming overwhelmed at any part of the day or the week.