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Remote Working Tips: How to Work from Home Effectively

“Are you working from home now?” Due to the spread of COVID-19, businesses are allowing staff to work from home to reduce the risk of infection. “Working from home” was once considered an operation mode adopted only by international corporations, remote workers, startups, or freelancers. However, it is now a common working style in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Wistron ITS provides information services to clients around the world, and therefore working transnationally or remotely is nothing new to us. Here are some tips for how to work from home effectively.

Save commuting time, and set aside a specific work area at home

Wistron ITS’ U.S. Business Unit director Ling-Fen Chen indicates that working from home can significantly save commuting time, and thus enable people to start working earlier. However, when your work environment is at home and not at the office, you may be disturbed by family members, such as children or pets. It is therefore recommended to set boundaries at home and designate a space for work, as well as try to separate working and leisure time.

Ensure internet connection quality before video conferencing

A good Internet connection is key for remote working, as coworkers are now communicating via messaging software or video conferencing instead of speaking face to face. Find a quiet place, and turn on the microphone only when you need to speak. To help meetings run smoothly, the chairperson should prepare an agenda beforehand, and ask people to speak in turns to ensure that everyone is following. According to experience, however, holding a marathon of 10 meetings a day is not the most efficient way of working. Rather, having some breaks could bring better results than you imagined!

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Leverage software tools to improve efficiency when remote working.

People may worry about efficiency and progress tracking while working remotely. There are a range of video conferencing apps that can be helpful, such as the desktop version of “Line”, which can support 200 people online at a time and offers blurred background and filter functions; another choice is “Hangouts Meet”, which can be used with a Google account. Also, “Teams”, in addition to its video conferencing functions, is useful for communicating with clients in real time and keeping records of discussions. For tracking work progress and controlling project schedules, you can use the services offered by “JIRA”.

During this critical time when everyone is starting to work remotely, we hope you stay healthy, energetic and productive!