ABC of Teleworking

If you "have" to work from home: This is for you.

Teleworking is closely related to being a freelancer, but in times of Covid-19 many were almost forced to, even without being prepared or having previous experience. It is not as simple as it sounds and what I present here is as useful for employees as it is for employers, the latter also need to be aware of this for their projects to continue working.

A - The Tech

This is almost the simplest thing, assuming you do some professional activity, it is very likely that you have your own personal computer (PC). So from a technical point of view, a computer and the internet are the basics. Preferably a laptop. Ah! and please... have a webcam (although it seems incredible, I have seen laptops without a webcam). Make sure you have configured the email accounts in its e-mail clients and all the chats directly on the PC, it is not productive to switch to the cell phone screen.

B - The Space

I recommend to have a special and private space to work. I already know that this is complicated and there is no "surplus" room in every house to be use as office... especially if you never planned to telework for a long time, so it is time to be creative. Try to avoid the dining room table: your house probably has a dining table with its chairs, but it will not be convenient to use it. Visualize this: the PC, cables, the pens, the notes, the notebooks, the briefcase... And, since you're visualizing... also visualize the lunch hour where everyone tries to make a space for themselves with their plate.

C - The Discipline

I won't talk so much about the need for discipline of yours, that if you are going to work that is what you have to do and not start watching Netflix, the newscast, collaborate with lunch or start doing housework. If your discipline is important, it is also essential to achieve it in the people who live with you. The greatest amount of distractions will not come from you, but from those around you. 1. Ask them to not interrupt you, it will be much better if they make the idea that you are not at home. 2. Speak quietly, especially if you have a video call. 3. Don't look for conversation yourself!

Point C is the most complex, in my experience, since it has to do with the dynamics of the home where a member will begin to operate strangely. But if you have the need to work from home it is because you have a commitment to do it, either with your employer or with your clients. You are also doing it because you need the income that is probably to support your family. Therefore they have an active role and the best way to "help" you possibly is by letting you work.

Recent social isolation measures during the recent C19 crisis created the need to work from home, so both employees and employers have been forced to accept it de facto. And since everything seems to indicate that the crisis will last a few months, if not more... I consider that the best thing is to take on the challenge in the best conditions and even enjoy it.

In the end, perhaps we will conclude that the new modality is not "as bad" as we thought and that the new tools, so far from the traditional but equally effective, allow us to extend our way of working even outside our boundaries: the real and the imaginary ones.