As we move our office-based teams to a work-from-home model, we’re all thinking about how to be most productive in a new environment. We’ve been working flexibly at Telstra for a while, and have rounded up five great tips from our team that might make your experience easier.

Improve your home Wi-Fi

Connectivity is everything when you’re working from home. Chances are, you don’t even know where your home Wi-Fi modem is at this point!

The best way to take your work-from-home experience from slow-to-whoa is to improve your Wi-Fi coverage.

Here are our tips on how to get the best home Wi-Fi experience right now.

We like to move it, move it

Working from home can be a stationary experience, which can lead to adverse health effects over a protracted period of time. That’s why it’s important to build movement into your day, even if it’s just moving around the living room or doing laps of the stairs!

Moving, stretching and staying active through fitness apps or even just follow-along aerobic classes on YouTube is super important.

Just as important is your diet: make sure you’re eating healthy and drinking plenty of water throughout your day.

Stay in touch

You may not realise it, but a big part of your day job is the social connection you get at the office. That’s why it’s important to make sure you stay in touch with colleagues virtually, or face-to-face if it’s safe to do so.

Leaders should also stay in touch with their teams regularly, and maintain the usual rhythms of 1:1s and team meetings.

After all, we’re inherently social creatures!

The right stuff

You may take for granted having a whole swathe of tech available at your desk, but when you’ve moved into a home environment, that gear might not be at your fingertips.

To maximise productivity, we recommend following a checklist to make sure your workspace is set up for ergonomic success. We recommend:

  • Laptop;
  • Laptop power cable
  • Laptop stand (if applicable)
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Headset
  • Headset charger

If you don’t have access to any of the following, we recommend speaking to your business about purchasing these for your home environment.

It’s also important to keep in mind your organisation’s cyber security standards while working from home, and maintain good cyber-hygiene on your connections. You can get more tips on good cyber security from our Exchange blog.

Don’t panic

This one is the most important! It’s key to recognise that social distancing and work-from-home mandates are designed as a precaution to help get ahead of things. It’s important we stay flexible so that we’re prepared should the issue escalate quickly.

Public health warnings and the outbreak of global pandemic like the coronavirus (COVID-19) can sometimes appear frightening. With continuous media coverage, unverified stories on social media and uncertain outcomes, it’s common to feel overwhelmed and worried about your, or your family’s health and wellbeing. While these feelings are understandable, if they start to interfere with your everyday life, you may be experiencing health anxiety.

During stressful times our level of resilience can help us cope when things are changing rapidly. Luckily building resilience is a process that we can develop over time by learning and using helpful techniques. Read this guide on how to build your resilience.

And don’t forget: wash your hands frequently!