The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has made working from home the ‘new normal’. But how can you adjust to the change, avoid the pitfalls, keep connected and maximise your productivity?
Words: Linda Walby
For Jill Brennan, BCMS Senior Content Editor, effective communication and establishing a good routine have been critical to achieving balance. While most of us might have experience of working from home occasionally, Jill, who started working for BCMS in 2007, is permanently home based. After amassing 22 years’ experience in a home-working environment, Jill has developed some tactics that may be useful to you as you navigate a very different way of working. Jill and I work in the same team, producing marketing content on our clients’ behalf. I asked her about the advantages and disadvantages of home working because, apart from the zero-mile commute, the first thing you will notice is the lack of human contact:
“You get fewer interruptions and can really focus on your work when there is nobody walking into the office wanting a chat! This can also be a disadvantage – it can be quite lonely with nobody available to offer a quick opinion. It’s easy to feel out of the loop.”