Working from Home

Zoom Call with beloved pet at the desk

On the face of it after discussions with many friends, colleagues, and clients we did not believe this to be the case, with so many distractions around the home! Children, Pets, the tv or even weather outside!

You may be surprised to find out

• According to one study, remote employees work 1.4 more days per month than their office-based counterparts, resulting in more than three additional weeks of work per year.
• 29% of remote employees said they struggle with work-life balance, and 31% said they have needed to take a day off for their mental health.
• One of the most effective ways workers can stay productive is by taking breaks throughout the day. The Pomodoro Technique is one such method for employees to decompress for a moment and come back refreshed and ready to focus.

How to be productive at home
With all the modern comforts of home beckoning for our attention, it would be understandable if employers saw a dip in productivity, yet the opposite is true. According to the Airtasker study, telecommuters “worked 1.4 more days every month, or 16.8 more days every year” than people who worked in an office.
However, researchers also found that working from home can be more stressful than working at the office. Approximately 29% of telecommuting respondents said they had a hard time maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Just 23% of office workers reported the same struggle.
In addition, 54% of remote workers and 49% of office workers said they felt “overly stressed during the workday,” 45% of remote workers and 42% of office workers “experienced high levels of anxiety during the workday,” and 37% of remote workers and 35% of office workers said they “procrastinated on a task until its deadline.”
To help your team stay focused and efficient during this work-from-home phase while combating stress and maintaining work-life balance, here are some tips to help you out.
Take breaks.
The most effective way for remote employees to stay productive, according to the Airtasker survey, was to take breaks (37%). The research found that office workers took shorter breaks than remote workers, though longer breaks have been shown to increase productivity.
Encourage your workers to get up every so often during the workday, especially when they’re particularly drained or distracted, to grab a healthy snack, walk around their home, call a friend, meditate, etc.
Many people find success using the Pomodoro Technique, which follows this method:
•Choose a task.
• Work on it for 25 minutes.
• Put a check mark on a sheet of paper after the 25 minutes are up.
• Take a five-minute break. (This marks the completion of one “Pomodoro” sprint.)
• After every four Pomodoro sprints, take a longer break.
• Continue this throughout the day until your workday is over.
This technique can help your employees decompress and come back more focused.

How can Coast Technology help?
At Coast we have been using technology solutions to help us work from home for over a decade! Solutions to help us access files, collaborate with colleagues and benefit from such flexible solutions for them days where you cannot be in the office, We certainly wouldn’t have thought a decade later such solutions were almost the norm for many office based businesses.
Coast Technology can provide your business with such solutions to effectively continue you work during these strange times we find ourselves in.
1. Work from home with your office landline or DDI – Our VoIP platform powered by 3cx allows you to have a mobile app or physical handset which allows you to plug it into the internet and voila ! you have your business land line at home. Enjoy features such as call transfer between other colleagues working at home, music on hold and call recording! Click Here to See the Solution
2. Share files – tap into the cloud and share files between colleagues anywhere in the world! As soon as a file is updated this is distributed to all of your team members! You can even access files on the go from a smart phone or tablet device! Click Here to See the Solution
3. Never miss a meeting! Schedule meetings or video conferences with colleagues using Microsoft Teams, teams also has a chat feature so you can always try and grab a faster response from a colleague using an instant message. Click Here to See the Solution

Call us for advice on how we can streamline your workforce and have your business prepared for every eventuality – 0191 580 0220 or email