Tag Archive: working from home

  1. How Your Business Can Benefit from a Work-From-Home Policy

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    It didn’t happen overnight–it took equal parts consideration and deliberation but our agency, Findsome & Winmore, established a work-from-home policy and has reaped the benefits of doing so ever since. On the surface, a work-from-home policy may seem to only provide the opportunity for an employee to slack on his or her responsibilities. What we have found, however, is that if you venture just past the assumptions and misconceptions associated with the practice, you may be surprised at the very real business benefits hiding just below the surface.

    The Truth About Starting a Work-From-Home Policy at Your Office

    Though not every business can consider a work-from-home policy for its employees, for many modern companies that mostly rely on internet connectivity, emails and conference calls to get a day’s work done, many duties can be easily tackled from home offices, coffee shops or public workspaces. But again, the salient question you, as a business owner, may have when approached with any new idea is, how it will benefit my business? As we have encountered with the introduction of our own work-from-home policy, this is a system that, if incorporated carefully, can lead to long-term benefits for not only your business but the people who make it tick every day.

    A work-from-home policy can:

     

    • Improve Employee Attendance: Every time an employee is forced to take a day of PTO for a doctor’s appointment or a head cold instead of being able to work around such common life hurdles, your company is losing out on a full day’s worth of productivity. That is not to say that a work-from-home policy will prevent an occasional sick day or span of planned vacation time, but it can help prevent unnecessary absences.
    • Show a Consideration for a Healthy Work/Life Balance: Company culture is something our CEO, Matt Certo, has long expressed the importance of in any modern company. Few things show a respect for an employee’s life inside and outside of the office like allowing him or her to more easily manage life’s many demands. This consideration, plus the trust placed in team members, can go a long way in making that employee feel like a valued asset to the company. This has the business benefit of slowing turnover by improving employee satisfaction, saving companies an estimated $260 per employee per year on reduced turnover alone.
    • Boost Productivity: Though an office may seem like the perfect environment to get work done, some cannot focus in a space that is full of chattering coworkers and the click-clack of keyboards and mouses. Conversely, others actually prefer a bit more background noise than an office can provide. As we have mentioned in a previous blog post, a work-from-home policy allows your employees to create the perfect backdrop to going heads-down on a task and maximizing output. It’s no surprise that 91% of remote workers feel they’re more productive at home than in the office.
    • Widen a Company’s Talent Pool: When hiring, you may look at competency and character to determine if a candidate is the right fit. However, even the perfect future employee could be forced to look elsewhere if they reside out of town or out of state. Why limit the success of your company by physical proximity when so much of modern business is conducted virtually? Moreover, according to the AARP via Remote.Co, work-from-home policies also allow seniors to work well into their 70s and beyond due to the added flexibility.

    At Findsome & Winmore we have reaped the substantial benefits listed above, as well as many others. Our work-from-home policy has allowed employees make important doctors’ appointments, feel respected and trusted as human beings and assets to the team, and go heads-down on assignments that require the utmost focus and unbroken concentration. As a company, it has allowed us to retain talent and the productivity of said talent.

    Sure, it is easy to make doom-and-gloom assumptions about trusting your employees to respect a work-from-home policy, but our experience has been largely a positive one. To be sure, we did have strict guidelines in place before starting this program. Our employees must get work-from-home time approved by a supervisor, be available via email and our internal messaging service, as well as clock a full-day’s work. With those simple guidelines in place, there is no confusion and our team is free to enjoy this common-sense policy.

    Though a work-from-home policy is no guaranteed success for every business, it is also far less scary of a proposition than it may seem for many companies that operate predominantly via laptop and smartphone. When thoughtfully considered and properly implemented, you may be surprised at just how well a work-from-home policy works for everybody.

  2. Top-6 Productivity Tips When Working From Home

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    Working from home is often looked at as a blessing–a little way to help you work just a bit more comfortably when under the weather or enable you to make that afternoon dentist appointment. At Findsome & Winmore, it’s a privilege that helps inspire a healthy work/life balance in our team. Though there are plenty of reasons to treasure working from home, there is one substantial challenge for many who try to get work done outside of the office: staying focused. With that in mind, we’ve collected a few of our favorite productivity tips to help you take full advantage of your work hours when you’re not actually in the office.

    Mastering Your Home Office: Productivity Tips

    1. Dress for a Day in the Office: Dressing for the job you want has been sage advice for innumerable years but when working from home, how you dress can impact your output. According to an article from Fast Company, there is data to support the idea that dressing professionally, even when working from home, can positively impact your focus and productivity, among other things.
    2. Make Room: Yes, packrats–even if you know exactly where everything is within the pile of papers and dirty coffee mugs on your desk, you can boost focus and productivity by simply starting from a clean slate. Clearing your workstation and digital desktop can help you more quickly focus on tasks at hand and feel less encumbered by clutter.
    3. Turn Off Distractions: Only the most disciplined of us can claim innocence of this one. We’ve all caught ourselves focusing on Facebook instead of that quarterly report. Though it may feel similar to cutting a life-sustaining umbilical cord, simply putting your cell phone on airplane mode and logging out of all social media channels while on your computer can make a world of difference for your productivity. At home, it’s also all too easy to turn on the TV for a bit of background noise. This is an amateur mistake and can easily end with you paying more attention to the on-screen drama as opposed to the drama building from your team and clients in need.
    4. Step Outside: Though working from home can help you get a bit of solitary, highly-focused time away from the chatter and noise common in most offices, it can also create a bad case of cabin fever. By the end of an eight-to-10-hour day of work, anyone would get a bit stir crazy. To avoid letting your solitude distract you, step outside and get a bit of fresh air to refocus.
    5. Work From a Café: Some simply cannot focus when at home. It’s absolutely understandable when you consider the number of distractions one encounters when working in an environment that’s usually spent resting, relaxing and being not much more than a couch potato. Instead, many professionals who work from home recommend getting out of the house and into a coffee shop, library or café that offers the light background noise, food and refreshments needed to stay energized and focused on the task at hand.
    6. Take Breaks: It’s important to remember to take a few five-minute break when necessary to refresh your mind, get in a good stretch and approach your next task with vigor. Consider pairing this tip with the “step outside” tip and go for a walk or simply get a bit of sun on the patio.

    What’s important to note is that every professional works differently. Some prefer louder environments, others need a vacuum of silence and serenity. Some work just fine in sweatpants and yesterday’s tee shirt while others need a tie to feel ready to take on the day’s to-dos. Though these productivity tips can help most stay productive, at the end of the day, you need to find the right work-from-home environment that works best for you.