Anyone who has worked from home regularly will know that it’s rarely - if ever - a mini holiday.
Staying focused and productive is tough, particularly if you’re a hospitality worker. It requires a determined mindset, the ability to avoid distractions and consistent goal setting.
But there’s another element of working from home which is particularly tough: isolation.
When you’re working from your spare bedroom, kitchen or converted garage, it’s easy to cut yourself off from the rest of your team. In doing so, you may begin to feel lonely and anxiety levels can increase.
Thankfully, we live in a world where working remotely doesn’t have to be lonely. Here are our favourite tips for remaining social while working from home.
Lean on technology
There are some wonderful apps and online platforms that enable remote workers to stay in touch with one another.
Skype, Slack and Zoom are just three options, but one shouldn’t forget the likes of WhatsApp when it comes to keeping in touch with your colleagues.
Use this tech as much as you can (most of it is free). The more you do so, the more addictive and productive it becomes.
Set up more micro meetings
Chances are, if you work in a hotel, you probably have lots of micro meetings or just a few big meetings each month.
If it’s the latter, try switching to micro meetings when you work from home. These swift regular get-togethers will ensure you all keep in touch, no matter where you happen to be. They’ll also probably be far more productive than the longer meeting you’re used to!
Have some fun
If something drops into your inbox or a WhatsApp group chat while working from home and it makes you smile, share it with your colleagues (within reason, of course!).
Think about it - you have fun while working a ’normal’ day at the hotel, and much of that will revolve around off-the-cuff chats in the kitchen or sharing jokes as you go about your working lives.
Keeping this up while working remotely is vital for productivity levels, mental health and team spirit, so don’t stop having fun just because you can’t share the same airspace with people.
Try remote networking
Networking plays an important role in hospitality. It gives hoteliers, GMs and other departmental heads the chance to get out there, meet potential new suppliers and learn more about industry trends and challenges.
You can still do that while working at home. There are some fantastic groups on LinkedIn to explore and, if there’s a reason most people are working at home, many networking groups will switch to digital meet-ups during that period.
Sniff out the most relevant digital networking events in your area while working from home and make sure you attend them; it’s a whole new way of getting to know people and increasing your industry knowledge.
We hope our working from home tips will help you become as productive as possible while still maintaining that all-important contact with your colleagues and work partners.
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