My son just took a job with a fast growing online firm where he and most of his colleagues work online from home. I had worked from my home office for a while with a company headquartered in Berkeley during the dot.bomb era. So naturally, I offered him some unsolicited advice about being a “home warrior:”
- Network. Network. Network. Make it as personal as possible.
- Have clear OFFICE space.
- Locate that office space as far from fridge as possible.
I asked my tweeps for other suggestions. One Twitter friend, @sdtapex, warned me that flextime and telecommuting had led to near disaster in his company. Eight others added suggestions:
- Plan your day and stick to that schedule. (Am assuming that office space is without a TV!) — Raghunath Koduvayur (@MarketingRags) August 5, 2016
- When unmotivated, I wear business attire. Helps me feel more like I’m working, less like I’m lounging at home — Justin Campana (@Justin_Campana) August 5, 2016
- Develop a routine – perhaps clothing related – to clearly identify which identity is current. What says “I’m at work now?” — John Bordeaux (@jbordeaux) August 5, 2016
- Have clear office hours to go with clear space — Kris Bulmer (@jkbulmer) August 5, 2016
- Set regular “working hours,” get a good headset — ednoles (@ednoles) August 6, 2016
- Make sure that the family understands the rules. #WorkFromHome — Fatherhood Factor (@FatherFactor) August 6, 2016
- Get involved in a local professional organization to ensure F2F contact! — Amy Doonan Cronin (@AmyDCronin) August 6, 2016
- Set appropriate work hours. I started working from home & set my own hours. Ended up waking up late and staying up too late — Christopher Church (@chrishchurch)
So with the help of Twitter I am up to 11 suggestions for the home warrior!