As many offices are still closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, both managers and employees are now still working from home until the government further announcement.

During this difficult time, employers across the world, especially those who never work remotely before are feeling lost with the new remote work protocols. It is normal due to the lightning-quick transition to remote work.

On one side, companies strive to maintain business continuity by hoping the same productiveness from the employees even if they work from home. And daily work is an important stimulation for isolated individuals too who need to stay home because of COVID-19. But employees too are going through a lot. The stress around the pandemic can make it tough to stay focused.

Even if you are used to remote work, but due to COVID-19, it’s not just usual work done remotely but also need to deal with many insecurities and existential crisis. You might be worried about their health and security of your income or you have children or other family members to take care of.

With order to stay home to remain in effect until further notice from the government, here are tips to cope working from home and work effectively during COVID-19.

1. Set Target and Boundaries

Studies show that it is important to have similar routines, working hours, and boundaries when you are working from home. This is because remote workers tend to have blurring boundaries between their work and home lives, making it harder to concentrate and perform better at your work.

You need to set a daily target for your tasks as a commitment to what you want to accomplish daily, too!

2. Minimize Distractions

Working from home can leave far too many distractions, especially for the first-timers who still adjusting their work style to remote style. It is important to choose your own workspace that separated from household noises.

You can also try to talk to your family members to create quiet hours for working time as well as circumstances that can be the reason to interrupt your work time.

If you have children at home, you can try to set boundaries for them too. You can talk to them about what to do if mum or dad is working on the laptop. You can also coordinate with your spouse or partner on childcare duties when possible.

3. Keep the Communication Lines Open

Both employees and owners/managers should be proactive in communicating about tasks, expectations, and any difficulties that arise during working from home. Let the communication stay open during work hours. It will provide you both a professional and social support system.

This will help you execute any trouble with executing tasks, catch up to the latest team development, stay in pace with overall tasks, and keep hearing the old same jokes with your colleagues.

If you feel overwhelmed with the situation, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor or a licensed mental health professional for help. Head over to Okadoc App to book your appointment online. Together, we all can overcome this!