The relatively recent breakthrough in technologies from video chat to instant messaging, have made it possible for employees across America to work remotely. More and more New Yorkers are working from home, yet for many this promise of convenience can turn out to be both a blessing and a curse.
On one hand, giving up the life sucking commute is an attractive benefit with savings on precious time and money, but on the other hand a whole new and set of challenges can open up.
If you’re running a business from home there are two important questions you need to ask yourself.
Is my home life/work life working in harmony?
If it’s not, what exactly do I need to do to make it work?
The challenge for most people is managing the separation between work and home life/family life. With many of my clients, I see a repetition of some familiar patterns. Interestingly it is to do with both time and space and boundaries.
How many of the following challenges are effecting you?
1. Working from home tends towards over working
2. Work hours can increase whilst productivity drops.
3. The myth of multi-tasking takes over and focus gets lost
4. Some clients get lonely working on their own
5. Issues around deadlines and accountability become more challenging
6. Too many distractions from spouse and kids.
7. It's sometimes hard to maintain a professional profile (working in your pyjamas)
8. Time management is a real issue. You end up working unsociable hours to fit in with family life... kids/school/bed time etc
9. Collaboration and Innovation decrease.
10. You rarely unplug and really relax.
Okay, so be honest... how many of the above sound like you and your situation at home.
Working from home requires a very different mind set from leaving the house each day to work, especially when the majority of your work is computer based.
Yahoo Bucks The Trend
Yahoo has made a surprise move in 2013: abolishing its work-at-home policy and ordering everyone to work in the office. The New York Times reported on a memo explaining the policy change, from the company’s human resources department. It said that face-to-face interaction among employees fostered a more collaborative culture.
Studies show that people who work at home are significantly more productive but less innovative, said John Sullivan, a professor of management at San Francisco State University who runs a human resource advisory firm.
“If you want innovation, then you need interaction,” he said. “If you want productivity, then you want people working from home.”
So this Home/Work/Flexible Hours trend has become one of the country’s biggest workplace issues. Big companies compete to attract and retain the best employees on the offer of flexible home based work hours.
Now the live/work model has been around for centuries, for example, farmers, artisans, craftsmen and seamstresses. Years ago, doctors and professionals did business from a home environment.
So how can Feng Shui Help with Working From Home?
The problems that Yahoo spotted around "innovation" is about setting up social work environments where collaborative activities are easier to access and manage. That is best handled in the conventional work environment and there are many methods of supporting such activities.
For working in a remote situation at home, there are many Feng Shui techniques for improving productivity, efficiency, time management and quality of life in the home office environment.
It is possible to achieve measurable results with the correct changes. Over that last three years I have been getting great results with a program that focusses on time management in conjunction with Feng Shui alignment. Check out "Arrange Your Space For Success"
A significant part of Arrange Your Space is focussed on becoming aware of and managing what millionaire business coach and trainer, Eben Pagan calls "The Gray Zone". The Gray Zone is the place where the lines between home and work get blurred... This is where the myth of multi-tasking kicks in an productivity actually suffers.
We have all been in that place at one time or other... we become a Jack/Jill of all trades and a master of none.
I can help you set up a work space that helps you hold focus and get things completed in a relaxed, alert state that gives you the edge on productivity and performance!
To find out more give me a call and I can help get you started on a journey to greater working from home satisfaction.
Give Will LeStrange a call today to find a creative solution to your space (646) 759-0866