South Africa has officially declared a state of disaster as a result of the growing coronavirus outbreak in the country. While offices have not been asked to close, many are choosing to work from home to avoid unnecessary contact with other people.
If you have been asked to stay home or have chosen to do it yourself, here are some of the best tools to use to make sure your work day isn’t totally interrupted.
A solid internet connection
This seems obvious, but it really is the basis for a viable work from home situation. Sort out any bugs you might have been having with your home WiFi to make your life simpler.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN)
If you need to get access to your work servers, speak to your boss and IT department about setting up a virtual private network so you can access what you need without having to worry.
Google Hangouts, Skype, Zoom
If you’ve still got meetings that need to happen, use one of these applications to login. They are effective and mean you don’t have to completely miss out on team work time.
At home you might not have the good office printer or scanner so it’s time to move into the 21st century and download this app. It uses your smartphone camera to take a picture of a document and convert it into a scan. This will save you time if you have anything you need submitting.
Task tracking tool
At work you might already have a task management tool your team uses and then you can just carry on as you were. If however, you haven’t used one before, it might be the right time to start. Being in the comfort of your home can make it difficult to separate work from the temptations of TV or your bed. A good way to avoid this trap is by setting up a protocol to identify what you need to get done.
Some good management app options include: Asana, Monday.com or even a good old-fashioned to-do list.
This might seem like a silly suggestion but without the constructs of an office it’s very easy to lose track of how much or how little you’ve been working. Keeping a clock on the desk will help you structure your day and not let the strange situation of being at home get the better of you.