Working From Home? Here’s How To Ace Your New Job


If you’re a student, a recent grad, or an entrepreneurial start-up type, chances are you’re well-versed in working from home, at the library, and in various cafes around town.

Mobility and productivity on-the-go is fast becoming part of our modern workstyles – but there are limits to how far we’ll go with and for our jobs.

In a new study conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of the Canadian Employee Relocation Council, researchers found that when it comes to the Canadian employment mobility landscape, more than half of those (55 per cent) who are currently employed would not relocate for a job under any circumstances.

Ask those who consider themselves under-employed and the percentage jumps to 6.5 out of 10. That still leave a considerable percentage of workers who would greatly prefer to stay put, all things considered.

Don’t let the perks of an off-site workplace distract you from productivity.

Remote (but tethered) workdays

Considering these figures, more employees and their companies may need to consider telecommuting options and using mobile technology and broadband connections to enable distributed (rather than co-located) teams.

Good news then, that research shows part-time and flexible work-from-home strategies, if properly implemented, can have a positive impact for both businesses and staff.

In a new study published this spring by sociologists at The University of Minnesota, and funded by the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found that increased flexibility at work results in wide-ranging benefits for employees and employers.

Those study participants who were allowed to modify when and where they worked experienced fewer family-work conflicts, achieved greater well-being due to a sense of schedule control, and developed a stronger more supportive relationship with their supervisors.

Set the scene for agile productivity

Skill and experience working remotely will become increasingly valuable in the coming years.

When you’re mobile and working out-of-home, an extra portable battery charger for tablets and phones is a lifesaver.

Before buying, read the fine print and user reviews to determine whether it will charge your gadget batteries once, twice, or ten times. To work smarter on your smartphone, load it up with time-tracking, list-making, product-managing apps.

If you’re in charge of your own schedule, be sure to determine your optimal working hours, and set clear boundaries (including with family and friends) to protect your personal prime time.

To manage distractions at home or out-and-about, the combination of a social site blocker and some noise-cancelling headphones will put and keep you in the zone.

If you’re lucky enough to have dedicated office space at home, protect your body from soreness, numbness or strain by doing a little research into economical and ergonomically-correct office furnishings.

For an added productivity boost, paint one wall green.

“Seeing greens on surfaces has been linked to thinking creatively,” advises Design and Environmental Psychologist Sally Augustin. Not ready to paint your walls?

Get an office plant instead, to add a touch of greenery to your space, and because research indicates that sharing your desk with foliage or flowers will make you feel happier too.

How do you stay productive when you’re working away from home or work?