Every cloud has a silver lining, and following recent events, that silver lining has to be the rising trend of working free-range.
We now know you don't have to be "at work" to do great work, and there's also a slew of benefits on offer for those yet to get around flexible working.
Not only could it help businesses reduce costs, but it also helps boost staff morale, contributes to a lower carbon footprint, and lets people connect from just about anywhere.
Set to be our new norm for the foreseeable future, we've teamed up with Vodafone Business for a timely refresher on how to make the most of working from home—whether you're a business leader or a team member.
Get Into A Groove
As the iconic Dolly Parton once said, working nine to five is 'enough to drive you crazy if you let it'. And let's face it, anyone with any form of distraction at home knows that's true. Now's the time to get into some healthy habits.
Whether it's starting the day with a workout in your makeshift gym, introducing "walking meetings" with your colleagues, or splitting your day into two four-hour blocks with an extended break, having a simple structure to your day keeps you fresh, productive and ready for anything.
Over the past year, businesses have pivoted to embrace technology like never before. Having the right digital platforms, security and collaboration tools are vital for a seamless transition to a remote working environment. If your boss isn't already across it, scoping out potential improvements for the workplace is a sure-fire way to score some brownie points.
Keep In Touch
Missing the office banter over your morning brew? We hear you. Take advantage of video calling platforms like Microsoft Teams to spice things up with new ways to stay connected and keep spirits high. Team coffee breaks and interactive quizzes are easy wins to keep connected—or take team bonding online with a virtual escape room.
Create Your Happy Place
When it comes to productivity, comfort is key. If you're lucky enough to have a dedicated home office, you're ahead of the game. For the rest of us, embrace the new norm and create a space to keep your spirits high and the inspiration flowing. Whether that means returning the dining chair to its rightful home and investing in an ergonomic throne or trading in the bed tray for a proper desk, forget the 'just for now' cheapies and embrace sustainable finds your future self will thank you for. And don't forget the little touches—yes, you officially have permission to buy another indoor plant.
Spread The Word
You don't have to be the boss to recognise potential opportunities. If you can see room for improvement in your company's free-range setup, take the initiative. And look no further than Vodafone Business, who can set you up with the right digital solutions, security and collaboration tools your team needs to get on board with free-range working. Find out more here.