I’ve worked from home since 1987 when my first daughter was born. I’ve worked from home through the years of babies and small children and school hours and school holidays and have also enjoyed some years where I’ve been the only person in my house during the working day. I’ve had some months with my husband on “gardening” (not) leave and now with my husband WFH during COVID. Now I have a situation where we have three adults all WFH in my house, plus my daughter on mat leave and my 8-month-old grandson all living with us indefinitely. I’m having to learn new methods all the time.
I’ve had the “dressing-table in the spare room” situation, the kitchen table without a proper chair, the café-working; I’ve lived in terraced houses, flats and a detached house; I’ve had two experiences of garden offices; and every type of desk from my lap to my most recent: an electric sitting and standing desk. I’ve also had a treadmill under my desk for many years.
And most of my friends also work from home, each of us dealing with (and sharing tips about) a vast range of different and differently challenging situations. We know the risks and problems (as well as the benefits) and we have learnt, often the hard way, how to avoid the very significant mental and physical health risks and how, in short, not just to work from home but to WORK WELL FROM HOME. Because who wouldn’t want to work well if they could?
So, I love working from home but I’m worried.
I’m worried about all the companies who are considering keeping many or all their staff WFH for the foreseeable future. I’m even worried that some people are choosing this without knowing what they’re getting into. I’m worried that people are going to have to learn the hard way that there are problems. I’m worried that people – employers and individuals – have either too often not considered or realised the problems or that they are going to ignore them.
I can help:
- On Instagram as WorkWellFromHome, I’ll be giving tips, along with photos from my WWFH life.
- You can ask for a personal consultation, as an individual or employer. Just ask me, using the contact form above.
What you’ll get
A personalised blend of:
- Relevant psychology – why we behave as we do. For example, you’ll learn about:
- Stimulus generalisation
- Habit loops and changing the cues
- Reward-driven motivation over-riding prefrontal-cortex-driven motivation
- Analysis of what is and isn’t working for you (or, if you’re an employer, what to ask and offer)
- Understanding the pressures on wellbeing. For example, how WFH can negatively affect:
- Breaks – and how breaks make your brain work better
- Work hours
- Screen-time – including why video meetings are so exhausting (and especially for some people – who and why)
- Implementing workaround to those risks. For example:
- Creating a commute
- Delineation of work and domestic/social – why and how – how stimulus generalisation helps this
- Negotiation – with self, employer and other household members
- Stepping away from screens – keeping the meetings short and to the point and for the right people
- Healthy living hacks
- Working with your personality type (and understanding your employees’ different needs). For example, understanding how to manage:
- Need for peace/space and/or social interaction
- Need for collaboration and idea-sparking
- Time management problems
- Working with very different family/home situations
- Working with very different budgets for equipment
In short, I’ll show you how to understand the problems and risks of WFH while valuing and maximising the advantages and therefore Working WELL From Home.
How will we do this?
You would give me some basic information about yourself or your company via a questionnaire and then we would arrange a video call. (Video is necessary because I want to show you things.) Either via Zoom, which I can set up, or another platform set up by you (or you can set up the Zoom call.) And yes, I know I’ve already pointed out that video calls are exhausting – this one will be more exhausting for me than for you. And you can record it, as long as you only share it within your household or your organisation.
What I will not do
I will not do a webinar which is compulsory for your employees. Forcing people to watch Yet Another Webinar is not the way to show your understanding and concern for your people’s wellbeing, health and productivity. I would like this to be much more informal: an informed, intelligent, bespoke conversation between you and me. You also don’t want yet Another Powerpoint and I don’t want to do one. Enough already!
Think of this as a consultation in conversation, not a presentation.
Don’t think of this as your usual sort of training session because it’s not. Our challenge in this new way of working is how do we hold onto what worked and let go of what didn’t. I’m pretty sick of the old-fashioned way of delivering training, which I’ve done for many years, where the captive audience was forced to sit and listen. This way, I talk to some (or one) of you, tailoring it to you, a conversation which goes in the directions you want but with most of the effort from me, and which you can replay and study at your leisure, sharing with others in your organisation or household, at their leisure. It’s a better way of learning. It’s personal and relaxed (for you and them).
Not a webinar, not a chaotic Zoom meeting. Me, talking to you and you directing my words so you get the results you want.
It’s Working Well From Home.