Tips for working online from home in the UK

Working online from home in the UK can be a real challenge. Although telecommuters are often the envy of all their friends, they actually face a number of difficult problems on a regular basis. Here we share some work from home tips to help combat these...

  • Stay in regular contact with your supervisor. If you work from home, it's easy to drop off the radar and be overlooked for special projects or promotions. We recommend that you send at least one email every day, giving an overview of your progress and targets.
  • Make sure that everyone in your household knows that when you are working, you shouldn't be disturbed. Remind them that you don't barge into their office or classroom when they're busy! In order to balance your working life with your home life, your family must respect those boundaries.
  • Prepare for work every morning in the same way that you would prepare for going to the office. We know that it can be tempting to start in your pyjamas with a bowl of cereal in front of the computer screen. But by preparing yourself physically for work you will also prepare yourself mentally.
  • Learn the basics of what to do if there's a technical problem with your computer or your internet. When you work from home, you can't rely on an IT department to fix all your bugs.
  • Plan your workload at the beginning of each day. Although working from home allows greater flexibility, it also requires you to be highly organised.

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