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Three golden rules for healthy and productive work at home office

Rule No. 1: Create routines!
  • I get up at fixed times, just like on a normal working day.
  • I get ready like I would do when going to work.
  • Before I start working I make to-do lists and prioritise the tasks of the day.
  • I keep to fixed break times, ensure back-friendly exercise in between and do not do any household chores during working hours.
  • I consciously reward myself after completing a challenging task, e.g. with a nice cup of coffee in the sun.
  • I take a look back at the past day (have I taken breaks, drunk enough, done to-do's?) and think about how I could make the next home office day even better.
Rule No. 2: Team communication is key!
  • My team members and I avoid a purely written mode of communication and instead proactively reach out to the team in more personal ways, e.g. via telephone, video chat, etc.
  • We make clear, all-committing agreements for smooth teamwork:

             - Continuous updating of calendars and availability

             - Make the calendar transparent for the whole team

             - Setting times for regular team communication

             - Consideration of individual availabilities

  • We always chose a moderator who actively leads the respective votes and the exchange of information between the team members, schedules telephone conferences or video chats and moderates when using collaborative tools.
  • I renounce private communication during working hours and ask the other people in my household to follow this rule.

 

Rule No. 3: Make your workplace attractive!

  • I provide a quiet, adequately lit workplace at a suitable table.
  • As far as possible, I follow the models describing the most important requirements for a safe and ergonomic workplace:
    • Movement area around the workplace of approx. 1.5 m2
    • separation of workplace and noise sources (e.g. kitchen, children's room)
    • Working surface approx. 1.60 m x 0.80 m, table height 72 cm
    • Office chair, ideally with GS mark
    • Lighting 500 Lux, daylight from the side

  • I organize myself in a way that provides the most important requirements for work, so that nothing can distract me from finishing my tasks. Those requirements include:
    • certain collaborative tools
    • Basic technical equipment available (PC, telephony, IT connection)
    • Access to server (e.g. fb-folders) and mail system

Further information about working and leading from home office can be found on the website of Human Resources Development for Researchers.

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Further information about working and leading from home office can be found on the website of Human Resources Development for Researchers.