Teleworking: A Survival Guide for Developers

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Feb 16, 2021 10:52:00 AM

Teleworking: A Survival Guide for Developers

Time crowned 2020 as the “Worst Year in History” due to the pandemic that rocked the entire world — but also because of the multiple social, environmental and political crises we went through. Among the challenges to be met is that of forced teleworking — all the more so as this new working method is in the process of being democratized and is likely to become part of professional customs in the years to come! Between advantages and disadvantages, how can you stay motivated and plow ahead?

nexten.io has looked into this subject and now offers you its survival guide, with concrete ways to improve daily life for those in IT. The agenda? Organization!

You miss having your own office and shared space is silent

Since the first days of lockdown, you surely set up your little cocoon to work from home. We hope that you’ve already invested in a comfortable chair or stand-up desk, and that you have already equipped yourself with a large screen — or even a few! If this isn’t the case, don’t hesitate to ask your employer if you can drop by your workplace to pick up the equipment there. Take advantage of this opportunity to retrieve items from your desk to recreate the atmosphere you know. Claim your stress ball, your pencil jar, and your plants. This way, it can stay healthy with you during your days away from the office!

Do you miss that office atmosphere? Go to this site, which offers you an immersive desktop experience: the rat-a-tat-tat of keyboards and mouse clicks along with indiscernible collegial conversations will restore your much-missed open space right off the bat!

A good alternative to avoid suffering from confinement is to schedule work time in a dedicated coworking space. This will allow you to vary the pleasures and avoid boredom. Find out beforehand about the sanitary measures to be applied, of course!

Communication, yes, but not just to talk about work

Communicating with other members of your team is a task that can quickly become tricky when face-to-face communication is no longer appropriate. Tools have probably already been put in place to facilitate interactions with your colleagues, such as Trello, Slack or Zoom.

However, this is more of a question about maintaining a social link with your colleagues. You used to share coffee around the copier, so why not keep up the good work? You can indeed organize “Coffee Talk” every morning before starting your day, to exchange on anything and everything… And of course, talking about work is excluded from such a conversation!

And why not set up a “happy hour” on Friday evening, just to end your week on a friendly note? You can even include a virtual board game at these moments of sharing. There are plenty of them available on the Internet! Have you heard about the latest online game that’s all the rage, Among Us? You and your team work to repair your spaceship, but a somewhat hostile colleague is trying to exterminate your beloved crew members one by one… Work collaboratively to uncover the disguised alien before he carries out his project!

Make time for… breaks!

Maintain a “healthy” routine at all costs. Organize your schedule, create to-do lists, cut out distractions such as television and social networks, and respect time limits. You can, for example, schedule predefined break times and send each other reminders to stick to them. Those with a connected watch can use them, but you can also program them via your phone or PC!

The risk here is that you’ll no longer be able to clearly distinguish your work hours and your personal life. Thus, stick to your usual schedule and cut back in the late afternoon. Many professionals tend to work more at home, ultimately putting more stress on themselves.

For your mental health, plan breaks, but also sports and cultural activities: go for a walk between noon and two, go jogging at the end of the day, read a good book. During these moments, cut back on work: no more notifications, emails, or even phone calls. In short: don’t make yourself feel guilty unnecessarily and really disconnect from work, this will only boost your concentration and, in fact, your performance.

Finally — and this message is especially for to CTOs and IT managers — trust your employees, give them autonomy, and make sure you maintain your team’s cohesion. This confinement has one distinct advantage: Companies are realizing the many benefits that remote work has brought about — especially in terms of balance between professional and personal life.

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