ARE YOU READY FOR SMARTWORKING?
The smartworking phenomenon is taking hold. In Adecco's recent Work Trends Study
, we discovered that job seekers wanted to work outside of the office for 54% of their total time. Even those who have already tried working from home would like to spend 5% more of their time working outside the office. Nearly 90% of recruiters are also agreed that the advantages of smartworking outweighed the disadvantages for workers.
Smartworking is all about flexibility - the ability to work from different locations and on different devices. Although this can create great benefits for employees, like reducing their commuting time and costs, or having more control over organising their day - there are some challenges involved too.
The biggest hurdle for most people is having a working space or technology that allows you to complete your job. If you're thinking of trying smartworking, ensure that you have the essential tools to work effectively.
Most jobs will require you to use technology on a day-to-day basis. A computer is an essential piece of work equipment, although a laptop may be a more convenient device than a PC if you’re going to be working from numerous locations. Internet access is also a must as most jobs now communicate primarily via email.
You’ll also need a reliable phone line if your job involves speaking to people. A landline at home is ideal, although for many people a mobile phone is suitable, in which case a reliable mobile signal is a necessity.
There will be no tech-support at home, so calling the IT department when your computer starts playing up isn’t always an option. It’s a good idea to have somewhere to turn in case of technical glitches, even if it’s just a helpful YouTube video.
Make sure you have somewhere set aside for work. You might not have the space at home for a dedicated office, but it’s important to have somewhere you associate with working to help you to focus.
Transform the dining table with a mouse mat and some stationary, or move it closer to the window to mix things up. Ensure that your chosen area has the necessities – plug sockets within easy reach and a comfortable chair to prevent back aches.
You’re the only one keeping you focussed! Procrastination can be a big problem if you’re working from home, where there will be more temptations and distractions. It helps to have a schedule and stick to it.
A lot of people overcompensate in communicating constantly when working from home, but this can distract others, and take up much of your time. So keep organised and available, but don't overdo the emails!
If you're concerned about the impact to your networking, use tools like LinkedIn to stay up to date with people, and your industry.
It may be that you find all the distractions from work alluring and take a longer lunch break than you normally would have. Or the opposite may be true, you may overrun and end up working overtime as there is not a structured commute. Either way, being disciplined with your work will help.