Login to your remote desktop the same time as your shift would usually start if you were in the office and log out when you usually leave the office. Be as strict as you can be with yourself on continuing your usual hours as structure is a critical component when working from home.Keep a Dedicated Office Space
Create a space for office work, this can be in a separate room or in a corner of a room, where you would be able to work undisturbed (eg – not in front of the TV, etc). Sitting down a designated ‘office’ space every day has shown to help keep you focused.Set Ground Rules With the People in Your Space
Make sure you remind your family, or whoever you may share your space/house/apartment with that you still have to maintain your usual working hours and level of productivity, don’t let them distract you!Create a Morning Routine
Maintain a routine in the morning that sets you up for a normal work day, eat breakfast, get dressed and go to your ‘office’.Schedule Breaks
Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have breaks like when you are in the office. Concentrate and work like you usually would but make sure to take a lunch break, to keep yourself nourished and alert.
Just let your manager know if you are going to be away from your phone.
Try and make an effort to go outside every day, whether that is just going into your garden and taking a few deep breaths or go for a walk around your block, try to step outside at least once a day. (Of course only do this while pertaining to your government’s guidelines)Don’t Hesitate to Ask for What You Need
Ask for help, ask for equipment, ask for information and ask for login details! Whatever you need, while you’re at home you need to make sure you ask as soon as you need something as it might take longer than usual to get it to you.Keep in Regular Contact With Colleagues
Just like you’d ask something here or tell someone something there, keep in touch in the same way you would in the physical office. Keep the camaraderie alive and don’t stop telling each other the small things.“Show Up” (Speak up) to Meetings and Be Heard
When we hold meetings via Zoom or chat via Microsoft Teams, it’s important for everyone to participate. If you don’t we won’t know whether you are there or not, we need everyone to be involved and we need everyone’s input to make this work!Look for Training Opportunities
Although you might not have your colleagues physically with you to teach you this shouldn’t hold up any ongoing training that is taking place within the business. It is of the utmost most importance that you all feel comfortable to ask each other for help and utilise the screen sharing aspect of Zoom to get help when needed.Over Communicate
Please bear in mind that for now our primary forms of communication are email, WhatsApp, phone call & Zoom but more methods and regular structure will be implemented shortly (including Microsoft Teams). There is no such thing as too much communication when working from home, check in with each other and keep your team and manager in the loop with what you are working on!Be Positive
Payroll is such an essential service during these difficult times, you are so valued not only by TopSource but by every single one of your clients. Make TopSource proud with your quality, timeliness & unwavering optimism in these times of hardship.
Thank you for everything you’re doing!