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Work-at-Home Ground Rules to Boost Your Productivity

Telework is attracting more and more employees and businesses. On one hand because it improves workers’ quality of life, and, on the other hand, because it does not affect productivity. However, certain rules must be followed to ensure employees’ performance.

Create a Productive Work Environment

A separate home office with a door is ideal, but whatever your workspace, make sure this area is reserved for your professional activities. It will be much easier to leave work at the end of the day and not let it encroach on your family life. Choose a place away from the hustle and bustle of the house.

Establish a Routine

The idea of working in your pyjamas all day can be appealing, but you may be more productive if you take a shower and dress up as if you were going to the office.

Work Regular Hours

Just because you're at home doesn’t mean you don’t have to be on time. Plan your workday as if you were in the office. Stick to fixed office hours, whatever they are. Consider that you are "on the clock" during these hours to clearly define the boundary between work and family life.

Manage Your Time Efficiently

Working at home makes it easier to get distracted. It is important to manage your time and priorities. Every morning, make a list of to do tasks and rank them in order of priority. Organize your work week by setting goals.

Don’t Do House Chores on Work Time

Resist the temptation of tidying up or run errands. Inform your family and friends of your work schedule and respect your schedule. Make sure your kids also know the difference between your working hours and your free time.

Stay in Touch With Your Co-workers

Communication is essential. When you work from home, you will not often see your boss or colleagues, so it is important to contact them frequently. Send an email to confirm receipt of a shipment, call a colleague to talk about a project and clearly indicate your availabilities.

Take Breaks

Take a few minutes during the day to relax. Go out for lunch or take the time to eat away from your computer to recharge your batteries before returning to work - the rest of the day will be much better. It is not always easy, but necessary. These small breaks are essential to keep your brain focused. It’s important, however, to keep your breaks to a set time limit.

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