The coronavirus pandemic has affected many aspects of daily life, including how people work. From virtual meetings to online video calls, the way people interact continues to change. COVID-19 has led to quarantines and lockdowns around the globe, which has increased the number of people working from home. It is likely that the trend of jobs at home will continue in a post-coronavirus world, so you have to be prepared.
Changing to a New Normal
Telework or telecommuting, which means using the internet and phones to allow people to work from home, is on the rise. Although COVID-19 forced many businesses to switch to this job mode, there are strong indications that telework may become permanent. For example, both Facebook and Twitter are exploring how their employees can work from home indefinitely.
During the coronavirus outbreak, many businesses have faced financial challenges, which may continue in the post-pandemic world. Saving money by offering telework may appeal to struggling companies that do not want to let workers go.
While you save money and time by not commuting to an office, companies save even more money by having remote workers. They no longer have to pay for office space or all the associated costs, such as heating, cooling, electricity, security and supplies. In addition, studies show that productivity still remains high for people who work from home, so there is no danger of telecommuters slacking off in their living rooms.
There is another important benefit to working from home: Most people claim they are less stressed and happier. Telework allows greater freedom and flexibility, while eliminating common complaints such as long commutes, uncomfortable business attire and boring chit chat with coworkers.
Starting a New Career
The impact of COVID-19 has been widespread with some workers losing their jobs or seeing their hours cut. This has forced many to consider new careers that can survive a post-coronavirus world. In addition to looking for a different direction, many are interested in finding a job that allows them to work from home long-term.
Accounting is one example of a field that is flexible with many work from home opportunities. Accountants need access to the internet, phones, computers and software to do most of their jobs, which means they do not need to be in an office building with other people. In addition, the median salary for an accountant is $67,190, and this field is projected to grow in the future.
Since most accounting work is digital, it can be the perfect fit for telecommuting. From working with large corporations to small business owners, accountants are always in demand.
Managing your time effectively is a crucial part of working from home. Whether you create a digital to-do list or use a paper one, the first step of time management is figuring out what you must accomplish. Make a list of the top tasks for each day and cross them off as you finish.
Another way to stay organized is to schedule your time daily. Start by listing your tasks and add them to a calendar. Blocking off time to work, plan or organize things will help you stay on track. Consider setting aside one to two hours to work on a specific project and then taking a break before the next block of tasks.
Distractions are one of the biggest issues when you are working from home. From pets that want constant attention to neighbors arguing in their yard, it is hard to concentrate. You have to create boundaries that are right for you. For example, reduce social media distractions by removing the apps from your phone and turning off notifications on the computer. Tell your partner and kids that you are working and not to disturb you. Invest in noise-canceling headphones and close the drapes.
You may also want to explore productivity apps, such as a digital focus booster. Try different apps to find the best one for you and be willing to experiment with them.
Comfortable and Stylish Clothes
When you work from home, it can be easy to slip into comfortable clothes like pajamas and stay in them all day. However, dressing a little better can improve your productivity and make you feel better. The key is to find a balance between comfort and style that is right for your body.
You may also need to dress up for a video or conference call with clients, so make sure you have outfits that will look professional. Sweats and torn shirts will not impress customers online. Although it is hard to accept, people still judge others based on their appearance.
Working from home will become more common in a post-coronavirus world. It may be an adjustment, but you can get used to it and make it work for you.