Duration: 1 Day

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the nature of home working
  • Know how manage the challenges of home working
  • Communication skills for home workers

Course Content

  • Working from home or remotely advantages and disadvantages – including the personal impact for the home-worker and their family, dealing with perceptions from office-based workers, busting myths about home-working.
  • Current trends in home working.
  • Making the adjustment to home working – explaining the benefits (not everyone likes to work from home or remotely)
  • Practical considerations: having the space to work, H+S issues, getting organised, planning, dealing with distractions from family and friends, feeling lonely, missing out on office communications, gossip or social activities, missing out on contact with key stakeholders
  • Communications for home-workers: making sure you keep in contact. Best practice for home-workers using e-mails, telephones, conference calls, social-media possibilities (benefits and risks).
  • Scheduling for home-workers: making sure that meetings and appointments can still be attended.
  • Time-management for home-workers: ensuring a home-work balance is maintained. This can be difficult as work can encroach on home-life much easier with a home-worker.
  • The psychology of ‘social distance’ within the work-place. The work of Tsedal Neeley, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Harvard Business School.
  • The use of OneDrive to share files to ensure no bandwidth issues