Before 2020, working from home would have been a foreign concept to many, especially in recruitment and construction, the sector the Just Group specialises in. However, through all the tiers and lockdown’s it is a concept businesses and employee’s alike have had to embrace to continue operating as best as possible.
The prospect of working from home for me was initially quite daunting as in recruitment you really tend to thrive off the office atmosphere. The banter, the thrill of making a successful placement and the pat on the back from your peers that comes with it and all the other trivial things we tend to take for granted.
I am keen to discuss in this article some key factors to remaining as productive as possible while working from home.
Do not isolate in isolation!
To me this may well be the most important factor for thriving while working from home. I am one of the lucky ones who has 3 fantastic kids and a partner at home and the interaction you can with them throughout the day can be great for your mental health.
I appreciate everyone may not have this at home but even if it is a phone call to a friend or family member embrace the distraction and have some social interaction it will help keep you on the right track in the long term.
Structure & Routine
Structure is a massive part of being a successful recruiter and something that is pushed on you from day 1 of your training and a skill that can enhance your career across many other professions.
Working from home is not an excuse to let this slip, it is easy without the need for a commute to roll out of bed at five minutes to eight turn on your laptop and you are good to go.
This may well work for some, but I feel it is important to stick to your normal routine as much as possible, set the same alarm and approach the day how you would a typical working day.
Cabin fever refers to the distressing claustrophobic irritability or restlessness experienced when a person, or group, is stuck at an isolated location or in confined quarters for an extended time. This is a massive issue we are all facing now, but something that can easily be contained even with a short stroll.
Exposure to daylight can help regulate the body’s natural cycles, and exercise releases endorphins helping to boost your mood.
I have felt this massively while working from home and I am sure my partner will provide testament to my irritability at times and vice versa. I honestly cannot state enough how effective a lunch time stroll has been for both my family and me in lifting all our moods and making the days that more bearable.
As we all know as recruiters this really is a results business and in a tough market it is more important than ever to remain engaged and effective in everything we do.
The above points have massively helped me to maintain the same effectiveness and output as if I was still in the office and in many ways has even been improved on while working from home.
As we hopefully approach the light at the end of the tunnel, I believe these factors are more important than ever to see us through to the end with both good physical and mental health for our transition back into office life in the near future and maybe even the pub.
I for one cant wait!