Since most employees now work remotely and things aren’t likely to change in the immediate future, it’s important to learn how to approach workers during these times to keep them productive. 

It’s possible to become even more productive during these times and here are the eight best productivity hacks for remote workers that you can use to help out your team.  

The best thing about working remotely is also the worst thing about working remotely: a flexible schedule. 

Flexibility can be really great since it allows you to work at the most convenient times. But that can also be a challenge because you don’t have dedicated working hours.

A team’s productivity depends on every person becoming high-performing individuals and keeping things that way. Not everyone can perform at optimal levels at the same times. Some of your employees will work afternoons and nights while others will prefer mornings, for example. 

The important thing here is to keep everyone on the team informed of when everyone works so that there aren’t any hiccups in the communication flow to stifle productivity. 

The best way that you can help your team transition to remote work and stay productive is by letting them design their workday when their working day starts and when it finishes. You can do this by making sure that your team members play on their strengths not their weaknesses.

For the best results, schedules should be consistent. Even though employees can create their own schedules and can keep them flexible, it’s wise to keep it the same day in and day out. That’s how you create and keep a work-life balance and how your team becomes productive. 

Just because you’re working at home doesn’t mean you should work in bed despite how tempting it might seem. While it might look comfortable, it completely destroys your routine and habits. 

Working from bed for a long time sends mixed signals to your brain when you actually go to bed. You might have a hard time falling asleep. Your brain then thinks that it’s time for work and puts you in a state of work instead of one for bed. 

The way you fix this is by setting up an office that you use for work and nothing else. That way, you signal to your brain when it’s time to work, eat, exercise, and sleep. Believe it or not, you can lose up to two weeks of productivity each year if you mess with your sleep pattern.

Don’t be a slave to your routine. The key is to keep yourself alert by measuring your routine to your goals and daily priorities. There are two ways you can go about this and we recommend both. 

The first way is to have a weekly check of your routine. You go over everything your routine consists of in that week and, over the course of 30 minutes, analyze what was good and needs to continue, what was bad and needs to be discarded, and what is still missing that needs to be added in the future. The best time to do this is at the end of the week. 

Don’t forget to reward yourself and your team at the end of the day for a job well done. There will certainly be times when your team won’t meet your standards. Maybe they miss deadlines or maybe they don’t accomplish their daily priority.

This isn’t just for your team, mind you. You also need to reward yourself as well for a job well done. Being productive isn’t just about working. It’s about resting properly and motivating yourself in a way that would make you feel good about achieving tasks and accomplishing daily priorities. 

At the end of the day, people work for money. But they go the extra mile for recognition, praise, and rewards. 

Author Lori Li (TinyPlus Blog)                                                                                     26/05/2020

Adapted by Peter-John Saal