Following the address made by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa regarding COVID-19 and its impact on the nation, employees and employers are being asked to “self-quarantine” and implement “social distancing”.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is a societal issue and not just an employer issue. We all share the responsibility and as such, one of the most responsible things employers can do is limit human interaction. Working remotely, especially from home, can be a difficult task for some in at first – especially if one is used to working within a structured office environment,” says ManpowerGroup South Africa’s managing director, Lyndy van den Barselaar.
ManpowerGroup South Africa offers some specific advice on how to make a success of working remotely:
Create a Work Schedule
- Invest in equipment that will enable you to do your job effectively and efficiently. “If you have video meetings with your manager each week, for example, make sure that your computer has the right camera, speed and memory for this,” says van den Barselaar.
- Since you will be doing most of your work on the computer, and transferring work via the Internet, make sure that you have reliable Internet and a safe connection. “Make use of a VPN if possible, to ensure the safety of your documents and information,” van den Barselaar suggests.
- Have a reliable back-up system.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
- Even though you are encouraged not to attend the gym, take time to exercise regularly, be it at home or going for a walk outside. “This can seem like a task that is separate from your work life, but keeping yourself active and healthy can assist in managing stress and creating a positive work life balance,” says van den Barselaar
- Practice regular handwashing with soap and water and in the instance that you should need to leave your home, always have sanitiser within reach.
- Implement social distancing but nothing should stop you from arranging a video call with friends or family after work to keep the loneliness at bay.
“We are entering uncharted territory, however being productive and delivering results should continue to be a priority,” concludes van den Barselaar.