COVID-19 has seen entire companies move to remote work. For some, remote working is not new, for others, it’s a culture shock! 

Here at Curious Thing, we have a decentralised system that has allowed remote work from day one. That being said, having the entire team working remotely all at once is certainly a new experience for us.  We have adapted in the last few weeks and found ways to ensure our company culture thrives at a distance. We’ve also pooled our wisdom and shared tips internally about how to get the most out of a workday at home. 

We’re all in the same boat and so we’ve decided to share our top tips for remote working in this blog. So from our team to yours, here are our top 6 remote working tips.

1. Introduce a company chat for work from home matters 

We’ve created a new Slack channel called “WFH matters”. In this channel we discuss remote working tips, share pictures of our work stations and boost morale by sharing photos of our pets. Creating a specific channel to discuss remote work prevents our general feed from becoming clogged and gives employees a space to talk shop.

2. Carve out time for focused work

It’s easy to get distracted at home. One way to combat this is to set a timer and work in sprints. You use your phone, FitBit or just open a timer on your web browser (google: timer) to set a designated work period. The time you set is up to you. The Pomodoro Technique is a good place to start if you’ve never worked like this before. 

3. Over-communicate and call teammates when needed

When everyone is working from home it can be easy for key information to be missed. To avoid this, over-communicate. That means explaining why a task is important, providing context and outlining your motivations. We all interpret information differently anyway so this might be a good a habit to continue well into the future. 

On a similar note, while text communication tools are super handy, sometimes it’s much easier to jump on a call and sort things out. One call can be far more powerful than multiple chat messages.

4. Set clear boundaries

Try not to mix work time with personal time. Set specific times for when you clock on and clock off and endeavour to stick to them. When working from home it can be tempting to work through your lunch break or work overtime but this can mess with work-life balance.  That being said, one of the pleasures of working from home is that you can do your laundry on your breaks so we’ll leave it up to you to decide how your boundaries work!

5. Prioritise exercise

Working from home means we don’t move around as much. Prioritising exercise can help combat this. Some of our employees perform ab exercises between tasks, others plan workouts, walks and bike rides for before or after working hours. 

6. Watch your snacks

This tip is coming straight from our CEO. Working from home means close proximity to your own kitchen, not the work kitchen full of other people’s Tupperware containers. The temptation to snack is therefore much stronger. Try to plan your snacks so you don’t eat a week’s worth of food during one workday. Or perhaps this only happens to our CEO... 

There you have it, our top remote working tips. We’d love new ideas so please do share what works with your team, we’re all in this together.