Singapore’s battle with COVID-19 has been observed by the world. The approach and results in containing the virus have garnered international praise from the World Health Organisation. From meticulous screening procedures to the development of a COVID-19 test kit, Singapore has put her best foot forward and successfully stayed one step ahead.
Despite good results and efforts, it is undeniable that disruptions are felt throughout industries across the world. Organisations are scrambling to adopt measures that balance output and productivity, with prudence and safety to keep business on track. The realities that working protocols will be adjusted to a “new normal” and that some of these changes will persist after COVID-19 boils over is a future that organisations need to be ready for.
Right now we see organisations splitting departments into smaller groups that work from different offices, or through alternating work from home (WFH) schedules in a bid to do their part in the COVID-19 battle. Organisations who have such arrangements in place already are facing less disruption than from those who are thrown into the deep end and doing so reactively.
Though there are positive case studies and statistics supporting productivity boosts attributed to WFH, there are also pain points and frustrations that WFH brings to the table. We feel that though WFH arrangements are currently viewed by some as a compromise between staying safe and healthy, it will be an arrangement that gets a greater uptake with pros to outweigh the cons.
Here are some tips for better health and productivity for you and your team with WFH:
1) A Routine is Essential – Set a Schedule, Stick to It
Keep in mind that WFH might not be the exclusive mode of work for some businesses, in most cases, businesses are balancing between WFH staff working along with those in the office. Firstly, keeping similar working hours across the board to keep everyone in sync is paramount. Secondly, scheduling the tasks and meetings for the day, while specifying meal times and breaks must be communicated. We personally find that slotting time for tasks that require greater mental effort earlier in the day works best. Define and distinguish between what is urgent, and what is important to get the most out of the working hours. It can be tempting as well to sleep late and wake up just before work starts, we recommend giving a buffer of half an hour to an hour to get set for the day.
Knowing what is urgent, and what is important helps prioritise tasks better
2) Improve Air Quality – Managing Performance and Health