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Tips for remote working

The coronavirus outbreak and the move for many to working at home or at other locations means we must make some rapid and flexible adjustments to the ways we work. The health and wellbeing of ourselves, our teams and our loved ones is paramount – we need to look after each other and have regular wellbeing check-ins. This page provides guidance on remote working during the coronavirus outbreak.

Maintain regular hours

Set a schedule and stick to it as much as you can. Having clear guidelines for when to work and when to call it a day helps many remote workers maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Create a routine

Try and establish a regular routine as it helps keep focus. What in your morning routine marks the start of work? It might be making a cup of coffee. It might be returning home after a run. It might be getting dressed. Set boundaries to the workday to open and close the day.

Keep a dedicated office space

Make sure your home environment is safe and suitable. You should complete a risk assessment (see pro forma within the e-Working Policy (internal)) before you do any home working. You should also follow relevant DSE good practice (internal). Speak to your manager if you have concerns.

Take breaks

We encourage you to take breaks away from your workstation. Leave your desk for lunch. Make time for proper meals and drink water regularly.

Take care of your mental health

Focus on what you can control and follow trusted outlets and bodies only. You’ll find more advise and support on our Wellbeing pages (internal).

Over-communicate

Include as much online face-to-face interaction as possible through video calls and regular manager check-ins.

Be sociable

Loneliness is one of the most commonly reported challenges of remote working. Consider having work-from-home buddies and chat at the same time each day; or take a daily online coffee break with a colleague.

Set goals

Start the day with your most important task of the day. Consider making a plan for what you want to achieve each day: what are the goals you’d like to get to? Consider a structure to your time - eg working in 45–60 minute chunks of focused work followed by a short break.

Look for training opportunities

When you’re not in an office with your colleagues you might miss out on training and skills development courses that are taught in person. Look for online courses such as LinkedIn Learning.

Be explicit in what you say

In a written environment, your tone of voice and body language are no longer available to you to communicate key messages, so choose your words and punctuation carefully. Every adjective, full stop and exclamation mark matters. Keep all written correspondence short and concise, leaving no room for misinterpretation.