Working from home can be a good idea, especially if you find travelling difficult or you have good days and bad days with your health. Before you work from home, think about the issues you could face and how you could manage them.
Talk to your employer about what you might need to work from home, such as:
- a space to work undisturbed
- a computer
- a reliable internet connection (your employer may pay part of your broadband bill)
- digital tools such as Trello, Skype or Slack to help you work with others
- reasonable adjustments
You should ask your employer about the tools you might need to work from home. If your condition means that you need to work from home, this could be a reasonable adjustment. Your employer should check the place where you work to make sure that it's a safe working environment.
Pros and cons of homeworking
Not being in the same place as your colleagues can present challenges. This can affect your mental health and make you feel like you’re out of touch.
- work from home for part of the week and then go to the office for 1 or 2 days
- communicate with colleagues using video, audio or instant messaging services
- make time to see friends and family when you are not working
- make the most of out-of-office activities you can attend (check that these are accessible)
Getting to know people at work
Being productive at home
To be more productive, you could:
- have a quiet space just for work
- set specific work and break times
- remove all the distractions you can, including turning off notifications on your phone
- wear noise-cancelling headphones
- keep your work area organised
- sign out of personal email and social media accounts
People in the office may find it easier to show their managers that they’re doing a good job.
You could try:
- going into the office for 1 to 2 days a week if you can
- communicating regularly with your line manager and other colleagues
- go to networking events
- look for chances to take on more responsibilities
Here are some suggestions from homeworkers:
- Dress as if you are going to work.
- Have a proper breakfast before you start.
- Set fixed work times and stick to them as much as you can.
- Have a separate place to work (if you can).
- Have a proper lunch break and eat away from your desk.
- Take regular screen breaks if you work at a computer.
- Put your work things away when you finish.
Last reviewed by Scope on: 13/04/2018