Blog | 08.23.2016

Don’t let the monsoon make a mess of office productivity

It was the week before the long weekend of Independence Day, and I had quite a backlog that I needed to get done before the break. I left to get to work early but little did I know what the morning had planned for me. It had been raining the last few days incessantly, and it was no different that day. Traffic lights weren’t working, and it seemed like the entire city was on the roads.

Traffic was at a slow snarl, and where I normally take 35-45 minutes, I was on the road for four hours. Four incredibly-boring, slow, pointless hours that I will never get back. I carried my foul mood into work and didn’t manage to finish what I’d planned.

I just wish I’d been smart about my personal task management that day and worked from home like I often do. It’s on days like these that I’m glad for the option of working from home. Do you?

Unfortunately, most organizations aren’t comfortable with the concept, which is understandable. Look at it from their perspective. The office environment is conducive to work, with its fixed hours and in the company of other employees. Compare to this to your home, filled with its myriad distractions.

Managers feel that left to themselves; employees could waste time. Instead of dedicating their work hours to, well, work, they could use it for running personal errands or spend more time on social media, or not be responsive enough. If only there was some way to alleviate these fears. Read on; I will tell you more on this later.

Then there’s the other side of the story that says that the amount of time employees spend in commute is a loss to the company.

Surely there has to be a way where working from home is a win-win situation for the employer and employee alike. This is where technology comes to your rescue. With everyone in possession of smartphones, tablets, and laptops, at least one of the inconveniences – of not being connected – is taken care of.

If you need more ammunition to convince your manager why working from home on some days may work to everyone’s advantage, I recommend reading this blog – part 1 & part 2.

Naturally, your manager is still going to have some reservations. Admit it, staying focussed and not allowing distractions to come in the way won’t be easy. To start with, just creating the right atmosphere is critical. A few changes (can help turn a room into an office. These tips are quite easy and within no time your home office will be set up.

Now that your office is ready, and you’re just about to begin work the phone rings – a Facebook notification. Darn, these continuous interruptions. It’s only natural to be drawn towards the attractions of social media, but you can work your way around them. To learn how to overcome the challenges faced while working from home, download The Ultimate Guide to Work From Home. This guide will also show you interesting productivity improvement techniques.

If your manager still needs more convincing, there is always the option to measure productivity. As W Edwards has said, ‘In God we trust, rest bring data.’ By deploying Sapience Buddy, you will be able to capture data that covers your work patterns and analyses how time is used during work hours.

A personal productivity app, Sapience Buddy is one of the best personal productivity apps. It is your personal assistance tool that will keep track of your activities and time on the computer – emails, chat, social media, calls, meetings, and core activities. At the end of the month, you can go through the work pattern analysis report and know your most productive hours, work patterns and time wasters. It’s a great way to improve productivity and make the most of your work hours while at home.

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