Rafferty Resourcing have seen many changes to workforces in the last few months, with many clients continuing to offer remote working on a flexible basis to their employees.

In the early days of my recruitment career , homeworking would have made my life far less stressful. As a Mum of three who were only very small at the time, just one day a week would have made the world of difference. Back then the only people that could work from home were part of the senior leadership team.

Rafferty Resourcing was launched from home five years ago and we quickly grew and decided that we really needed an office on a business park – but did we? Our staff always had several days of home working a week and it had no impact at all on productivity.

Last year we decided not to renew the lease on our office (which was a great decision in hindsight) and we have a building next to our house that has been converted into a fully functional office. This works really well for us as we are a very small team and I would encourage other small business owners to do the same. I had the perception that in order to be taken seriously as a business I needed an address on a business park – but I didn’t.

Whilst it works for us, it doesn’t work for everyone. I have spoken to many people during the last few months – some enjoy their new found flexibility and others genuinely miss seeing their work colleagues and the social side of working as part of a team. Many of our clients are fully back to work now, but 90% of them have continued to give their team members the flexibility to work from home if it is needed.

Here are some top tips on home working for employers and employees:

  • Create a separate workspace. Encourage staff to create a work station in their home rather than work from the living room sofa or bed. This way they’ll will find it easier to avoid distractions and easily switch off from work at the end of the day.
  • Stick to your hours and set ground rules. Set a schedule, and stick to it. Having clear guidelines for when to work and when to call it a day helps many remote workers maintain work-life balance. That said, one of the benefits of remote work is flexibility, and sometimes you need to extend your day or start early to accommodate someone else’s schedule. Another tip is to set ground rules with other people in your home or who share your space for when you work. If you have children who come home from school while you’re still working, they need clear rules about what they can and cannot do during that time.
  • Take a break. It is very easy to work through breaks when you are working from home – but you must have time away from your screen to maintain good productivity.
  • Stay connected. Remote working can be lonely. Many of our clients are using instant messaging applications so that the whole team can feel connected to each other. It’s also ideal for getting quick answers to questions!
  • Focus on tasks completed rather than activity. Allow your staff the freedom to be efficient with their productivity. It’s advisable to set realistic expectations and establish mutual respect. Trust your team to get on with their work and avoid micromanaging staff.
  • Maintain a separate phone number. Set up a phone number that you only use for calls with colleagues and clients. It doesn’t have to be a landline, second mobile or even a SIM card. It can be a free VoIP service, such as Google Voice or a Skype number. Similar to some of the other tips, having a separate phone number helps you manage your work-life balance.

If you are looking to hire a flexible work force check our client page: https://www.raffertyresourcing.com/client-care/