Brief tips for homeworking:

  1. Make a dedicated workspace which can be cleared or closed at the end of your work day. If needed, complete an online DSE check.  If you don’t already have it, ask your employer for the right equipment (including intranet/server access and voip phone) to do your job well.
  2. Get up, showered, dressed and ready to go – your mind needs to be “work-ready”, and working in bed in your pjs is bad for your mental health!
  3. Stick to a routine – don’t start early or finish late. Even if you’re not commuting, your time is your time.
  4. Eat properly. Not eating well affects performance Plan and shop for the right stuff – if you don’t plan your meals, you’ll end up picking through the day.
  5. Take a lunch break! I can’t stress this one enough. Even if you’re isolating, get some fresh air away from contact. (This also applies if you’re still in the office).
  6. Focus on work – it’s still work time. Avoid drop-in friends, and this is particularly tough if you are a sole carer to children at home. To avoid either one suffering, co-parent if possible, or try to plan your time so that you focus on work and your child(ren) separately.
  7. Talk regularly and often with your managers, reports and colleagues. Pick the phone up instead of email.  Conversation beats email every time!
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