Working from home – free webinars

A lot of people are now having to WFH (work from home).

For a lot of them, it will be their first time doing this – at least, the first time for a prolonged period, rather than just the odd day here and there.

It can take longer to get used to you than you might think. The problems in practice are not necessarily the ones you expect when you start.

So, we hope these free webinars might help. They’re full of practical tips and hints, based on best practice and many other people’s experience from years of home working.

The first session (one we prepared earlier) will be on Friday 27 March. It’s an introduction. Then, from the following week, we’ll be running the sessions each Wednesday. All sessions start at 10am (UK time) and last 45 minutes. And they’re all completely free of charge.

There’s a final session (another one we prepared earlier) on Friday 5 June (‘Remote management’).

Advance booking essential. Book on as many sessions as you like – there’s no limit. And tell a friend or colleague about them too. Full details below.

How to overcome the challenges of discipline and connectivity!

As the trend in flexible working increases, more people will be working at home, remote from their colleagues and line manager.

This interactive webinar aims to help anybody who is new to this concept, or anyone who would just like to tap into some of the best practice available. These techniques are based upon the real experiences of those who have been working remotely and have developed a range of methods and tactics to optimise this way of working.

You will identify what you need to do differently to maintain productivity and create a working environment that works for you. You will discover ways to actively engage with your team and manager through different forms of communication, building trust, and agreeing clear expectations. You will leave the session with practical tools and techniques that will enable you to be more confident when working from home, and at the same time building trust with your line manager.

What’s in it for you?

  • Understand the essential principles underlying effective working from home
  • Identify ways of maintaining motivation and productivity
  • Be able to handle the potential challenges of isolation from your colleagues

Agenda
(10.00 – 10.45)

1     UNDERSTANDING THE BENEFITS AND CHALLENGES OF REMOTE WORKING

  • What’s in it for you?
  • Being prepared for a different way of working
  • The challenge of distance and time

2     GETTING ORGANISED

  • Planning your day
  • Creating remote systems
  • Setting yourself challenges

3     WORKING IN ISOLATION

  • What sort of person are you? What’s important to you?
  • Self-motivation
  • Reaching out and staying connected

4     KNOWING YOUR BEST WAY OF WORKING

  • Understanding your energy levels
  • Knowing your work style
  • Experimenting with different approaches

5     ACTIONS AND NEXT STEPS

  • Review
  • Personal action planning
  • Next steps

Focused working in a home or remote environment

Keeping motivated when working at home can be challenging, especially when you’re not used to it. We all create habits in our daily lives to make things happen easily and with little effort. When we wish to change these established habits, it becomes difficult and takes a great deal of energy and willpower.

You will identify and understand what you need personally to motivate yourself to get work tasks done. You will learn what needs to be different in your approach to build and sustain productivity remotely over time. You will discover a range of best practices and learn from other people’s experiences. Most importantly, you will understand the value of being open to ideas and trying new approaches you haven’t considered before.

What’s in it for you?

  • Identify what self-motivation means to you
  • Understand what might block this process
  • Create a plan to experiment with different approaches

Agenda
(10.00 – 10.45)

1     WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?

  • Identifying key values?
  • What’s missing when you work from home way of working
  • Finding new motivators

2     IDENTIFYING WORK HABITS

  • What routines do you currently follow?
  • Which ones do you want, or need, to keep?
  • Eliminating or reducing unhelpful habits

3     CREATING NEW STRATEGIES

  • Planning the key steps?
  • Getting started
  • Maintaining momentum

4     MAKING IT STICK

  • Cementing a new way of working
  • Using rewards as motivators
  • Gaining recognition

5     ACTIONS AND NEXT STEPS

  • Review
  • Personal action planning
  • Next steps

Working remotely with safety in mind

Slipping into bad posture habits is easy to do when you don’t have a dedicated office or study at home. Undertaking informal or employer-led risk assessments is vital for creating a safe working environment.

You will identify causes of potential unsafe work practices and simple remedies that will prevent long-term problems. You will create safe working habits that you can share with work colleagues, friends and family who are also working remotely.

What’s in it for you?

  • Be able to carry out simple risk assessments
  • Understand what can cause issues in a typical home working environment
  • Create a plan to make immediate changes to protect you and those around you

Agenda
(10.00 – 10.45)

1     INCREASING YOUR AWARENESS

  • Undertaking risk assessments
  • Knowing the law
  • Increasing conscious awareness and time

2     HOW TO MAKE THE BEST USE OF SPACE

  • Understanding ergonomic principles
  • Planning your dedicated study
  • Getting creative when short of space

3     GETTING SUPPORT

  • What does your employer offer in terms of support?
  • How will people around you support your safety?

4     CREATING SAFE HABITS

  • Generating safe routines
  • Creating effective reminders
  • Sharing best practice with others

5     ACTIONS AND NEXT STEPS

  • Review
  • Personal action planning
  • Next steps

Staying connected to avoid potential isolation and loneliness

Working remotely by its very nature means people will be separated from work colleagues and line managers. Whilst this can be ideal when you need to focus on a specific complex piece of work, there are potential psychological challenges for some people. When there are gaps in communication and information, our brains naturally try to fill in the blanks. This is when misperception can play a part in misunderstanding and conflict, adversely affecting relationships and creating a feeling of isolation

In this practical webinar you will: increase your awareness of the potential pitfalls of working from home, discover easy-to-implement steps and learn to take responsibility for preventative action. The session will also help you to look out for fellow home workers, both inside and outside your organisation (or, indeed, home).

What’s in it for you?

  • Understand how physical separation can create a feeling of isolation and loneliness
  • Learn simple communication tips to increase connectivity with others
  • Discover how caring for others improves our own mental health

Agenda
(10.00 – 10.45)

1     UNDERSTANDING HUMAN NATURE AND THE NEED TO CONNECT

  • We’re a social species!
  • The limitations of phone and email communication
  • Perception and the fallibility of our brains awareness and time

2     RECOGNISING THE SIGNS

  • Increasing our self-awareness
  • Identifying potential triggers
  • Asking for help

3     CREATING USEFUL STRATEGIES AND HABITS

  • Deciding what works for you and your colleagues
  • Making these part of your normal routines

4     REACHING OUT TO OTHERS

  • Identifying others who may be more at risk
  • Being proactive in your approach
  • Creating social events remotely

5     ACTIONS AND NEXT STEPS

  • Review
  • Personal action planning
  • Next steps

How to protect yourself from fatigue and poor fitness

When travelling to work only involves moving from one room to another, rather than a physical commute, it is easy to get out of the habit of proper exercise. Building healthy activity and routines into your day is key to productivity and both physical and mental health.

As well as providing examples of best practice, including a healthy work / life balance, this session will encourage people to share their experiences of health, fitness and general wellbeing when working from home.

What’s in it for you?

  • Identify sustainable health goals
  • Understand your motivators for implementing healthy habits
  • Create a plan that provides good work / life balance

Agenda
(10.00 – 10.45)

1     SETTING SMART HEALTH GOALS FOR REMOTE WORKING

  • What’s important for you in a healthy lifestyle?
  • Are your goals sustainable?
  • What might prevent you from achieving them?

2     LET’S GET PHYSICAL

  • Planning activity within your day
  • Taking physical breaks with a change of scenery
  • Simple exercise routines to boost energy and productivity

3     MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

  • Remote working can still be stressful
  • How stress can work for us too
  • Practising daily mindfulness

4     PLANNING FOR WORK / LIFE BALANCE

  • Developing assertive behaviours
  • Saying ‘No’ without appearing awkward
  • Avoiding slipping back to old habits

5     ACTIONS AND NEXT STEPS

  • Review
  • Personal action planning
  • Next steps

How to ensure we prioritise correctly in a home working environment

When working alongside our colleagues in a physical work environment, we are reminded of the need to get things done on a regular basis. This could be through face-to-face requests, checking in, or just by colleague’s physical proximity. When working from home, the tendency to think ‘out of sight, out of mind’, can creep into our behaviours. This means that we might be tempted to focus on what we enjoy doing, rather than what we should be doing!

Although we might have fewer interruptions from colleagues when operating outside the traditional working space, the greater danger lies in domestic temptations, distractions and interruptions. This is especially true when partners, children and elderly relatives share your home.

This pragmatic webinar highlights the common timewasters prevalent in home working and makes suggestions for eliminating them, or at the very least reducing their impact.

What’s in it for you?

  • Identify time-stealers and ways to eliminate them
  • Prioritise tasks effectively
  • Matching tasks to energy levels

Agenda
(10.00 – 10.45)

1     ELIMINATING WASTED TIME

  • What temptations, distractions and interruptions do you encounter when working from home?
  • Employing different strategies
  • Enforcing boundaries time

2     FIRST THINGS FIRST

  • Which comes first, important or urgent?
  • Planning ahead to reduce stress
  • Understanding long-term habits

3     UNDERSTANDING YOUR ENERGY HIGHS AND LOWS

  • Using the circadian rhythm to your advantage
  • Planning activity for the most productive times

4     GETTING THINGS DONE

  • Employing the 4Ds approach
  • Blocking time
  • Finding what works for you approaches

5     ACTIONS AND NEXT STEPS

  • Review
  • Personal action planning
  • Next steps

How to overcome the challenges of time and space!

Managing remote or home workers takes more effort. This session is an opportunity to explore what makes it so different. It gives you the tools and techniques to do it more effectively.

You will identify what you need to do differently to successfully manage and create an environment of trust, confidence and regularity of dialogue for remote and home workers. You will discover ways to engage your team through different forms of communication, building trust, and setting clear expectations. You will leave the session with practical tools and techniques that will enable you to be more confident in your role as a manager of remote or home workers, and at the same time make their roles more productive, positive and rewarding.

What’s in it for you?

  • Find out more about why remote management is so very different
  • Learn how to create the right environment
  • Identify ways of using different communication tools to engage your people
  • Understand the importance of the trust equation
  • Work on ways of supporting people to deliver

Agenda
(10.00 – 10.45)

1     WHAT’S SO DIFFERENT ABOUT REMOTE MANAGEMENT?

  • Why we do it – the business case, not just the public health argument
  • Staticremote teams
  • The challenge of distance and time

2     CREATING THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT

  • Manager / worker or team / worker?
  • The 3Cs of virtual management: Collaboration, Communication, Co-ordination

3     THE TRUST EQUATION

  • Credibility
  • Reliability
  • Intimacy
  • Self-orientation

4     COMMUNICATION METHODS

  • Technology options
  • Why, when, what
  • The Media Richness model

5     SUPPORTING PEOPLE TO DELIVER

  • Case study scenario

6     ACTIONS AND NEXT STEPS

  • Review
  • Personal action planning
  • Next steps

These webinars are all completely free of charge – just make sure you book well in advance to get the ‘joining instructions’ (including a link to the Zoom webinar platform) and to be sure of a place. (And if you haven’t used Zoom recently, and you’re using a work laptop, please make sure you download it well in advance, to avoid a potential problem with your IT department. Alternatively, use a personal laptop.)

They’re all delivered by Scott Rumsey, one of our most popular trainers. See some of the feedback he’s had recently from delivering webinar sessions:

  • ‘Engaging, fun and informative.’
  • ‘Very engaging and friendly – knows his onions!’
  • ‘Great!’
  • ‘Excellent.’
  • ‘Brilliant and friendly trainer.’
  • Great! Made me feel comfortable and engaged.’
  • ‘Great guy, knew his stuff!’
  • Brilliant trainer, really enjoyed his delivery.’
  • ‘Great trainer – very personable.’
  • ‘Highly engaging, knowledgeable and motivating – excellent facilitator who made the day fly by and who kept energy high.’
  • Passionate, engaging. One of the best trainers I’ve had.’
  • ‘Very enthusiastic trainer and able to clearly deliver a message while making you think.’
  • Awesome training – very useful.’
  • ‘Thank you – best course I’ve attended to date!’
  • ‘Brilliant!’

Of course, we can run these sessions for you on an in-house basis, tailored to your specific requirements. To talk through how this might work just give us a call on 01582 463460. We’re here to help!