…from a team that has perfected it
For people who are used to being in an office, the sudden shift to working from home can be unsettling. At Xavier, we operate as a virtual agency and have come up with innovative ways to create a professional environment while maintaining opportunities for inspiration and creative thinking. We are proud to share the benefit of our experience and to help you make the most of this unexpected change in workplace location.
Quick Change to Make Temporary Work Stations
Many households have multiple adults and students suddenly doing their work or study from home. Do your best to set up a separate and private workspace for each person. For those of you who already have a home office, great. Consider splitting usage time equitably so other family members can use the premium environment for some of the time.
The Basics of Virtual Communication
One of the most important features of Xavier’s agile work model is our digital platform. And although we worked diligently to set up a global share for documents and project status, you can take advantage of any number of systems such as One Drive or Google Docs temporarily. Most phone systems have an option to forward calls, just be sure to update your message to reassure callers that you are open for business and that they should follow the prompts to reach you. To keep things organized with the team, book a daily virtual meeting for the entire group and more frequent meetings with individual team members on which you share deliverables. We use Zoom for our meetings but there are numerous options at your fingertips.
Building in Breaks
Giving your brain a break is crucial to maintaining focus throughout the day even when you are on tight deadlines. If you feel like you are too busy to take a formal break, try multi-tasking by taking a non-essential call while walking the dog or reviewing a recorded meeting while fixing lunch. The most important idea is one you come up with yourself to make working from home as comfortable and successful as possible.
Ask Your Team
According to Buffer, “If they could, 99% of people would choose to work remotely, at least part-time, for the rest of their careers.” So although it may have been an adjustment to suddenly have the virtual experience thrust upon them, the average worker is likely excited at the prospect of keeping at least a portion of their virtual privileges after things return to normal. And, the virtual model could improve your business with 83% of workers, remote or on-site, saying that a remote work opportunity would make them feel happier at their job. (Owl Labs).
Take it from Xavier, #WhereHealthcareBrandsLive, anyone can make a go at creating a productive work environment from home. Reach out to Xavier Creative House for creative support to engage your employee base to adopt a new way of working or for other organization-wide campaigns. We’d be happy to help. The entire team at Xavier Creative wishes you, your family, and your co-workers the good health and safety during this health crisis.