Firstly apologies for not blogging from Wednesday on, however I have been struck down by the dreaded winter head cold and have decided to give myself permission to take a break. We will continue the career coaching program tomorrow.
However I was doing some research today and come across this article Work From Home Happiness and it resonated with me.
What are your thoughts? Would you prefer to work from home? Could you be focussed and effective? Would you miss the social interactions?
So many questions…..I know for some of us the thought of being able to work from home sounds great. But is it everything, you think it would be. The jury is out on this one, because it really comes down to how you work effectively.
What would you need to do to be effective at working from home?
Here are some suggestions that others have found useful in the past:
- Get dressed in work clothes
- Dedicate a room for an office
- Actually leave the house, walk around the block to set your mind
- Minimise all distractions
- Plan your day
- Set targets
- Be accessible all the time via email and phone for work related requirements
- Get agreement from your family that when you are working you are not to be disturbed unless it is an emergency
It is important that you think about how you need to setup your home environment that will all you to work effectively from home.
Do you even have the ability to work from home?
If you are self employed that answer is a lot easier, as it is a personal choice.
What if you work for an organisation? This will depend on your terms and conditions of employment and the maturity of the organisation and your Manager in this space.
If you work for an organisation that offers flexible working arrangements, there is no reason why you could not approach your Manager and request that you work from home one day per week. I would strongly encourage you to be prepared on the “why”, “what”, “how” and “when” and offer a trial period.
After all if at the end of the day your Manager can see you are still producing the work required and the organisations safety policy allows it, there is no reason why it could not be successful.
So the short answer in terms of, “Working from Home”, is it all comes down to the individual and their potential to be able to do this. The key is to setup your environment so it works for you.
If you have any questions, or would like to sign up for the career coaching program, please contact me at Startafreshlife.