What the pandemic has taught us about the organisation of work and what we should remember when we go back to our offices
Working from home, which has lately become a necessity to many people, has allowed us to take a close look at the organisation of our work. It’s definitely worthy to incorporate the remote work routines at our offices. Better organisation will increase our efficiency and also job satisfaction.
Back in your office make use of the following skills you’ve developed while working from home:
1) punctuality – doesn’t it sound familiar to you? A project meeting which was going to start at 9 a.m. is actually starting at 10 a.m. because you need to finish drinking your morning cup of coffee, next you make coffee for the meeting, then it’s time for small talk. It is all those online meetings that have taught us to be more disciplined with regard to punctuality and focusing on the purpose of the meeting.
2) better work organisation – the present situation has forced us to combine work with our regular duties at home, so we’ve learnt effective time management
3) scheduling spare time – the brain, our main processor, desperately needs a rest, which, however, should be planned in advance and spent as high-quality time; physical exercise is recommended
4) planning – in order to work productively, you need to come up with a plan first. When we were confronted with completely new work conditions many of us realised that a timetable of the day would help us fulfil all the duties.
5) collaboration– if some employees work from home, whereas some work shifts and then some work in the office, competent collaboration will be the key to success.
6) creativity – because of disastrous situations we leave our comfort zone to look for unconventional solutions and it’s right then when we come up with innovative ideas.
7) ability to listen – online meetings have taught us ... listening. During meetings with our employees noise can be disturbing, so we’ve started listening more attentively to understand what others want to say.
8) focusing on a single task – having to work away from the office, we focused on actual results of our work. Many of us couldn’t work 8 hours non stop. As a result, we’ve learnt to perceive our work as different projects. Now it’s important to complete a given task and not how much time we’ve spent doing so..