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Do you want to work from home?, Here’s how or how not!

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4 Tips for People Working from Home

Many people find it frustrating to “waste” a lot of time in transportation as they go to work, especially if they spend more than 30 minutes on the way (let alone those who spend more than an hour!) Every day they tend to think that it would be better if they work from home. They imagine that life would be much easier if they wake up as usual, make themselves a cup of coffee, sit on the cozy couch, open their laptops, and start working in their pajamas! (Yes pajamas, for no clients or colleagues are going to see them anyway). It seems even more tempting for women as they won’t need to spend time wearing makeup or their veils on (for those who do), or even dress up, all the more tempting for mothers who would save the transportation time and do the cooking instead. In addition, they won’t have to make their children spend an extra hour in the nursery, or they won’t have to rush to pick them up from school, or from the school bus.

That would definitely be awesome! And life would be much easier as people would feel much less stressed than they normally do going to work on daily basis. The good news is that all this is true. Yes, you will be less stressed spending less time in the street with the horns, the traffic jam, and traffic fumes. And surely for not having to rush in the morning to sign in time, or to catch up with something at the end of the day either to have lunch with your family, or pick your children from school. Add to it, that you can add a little bit to your sleep, if you stayed up late the night before. Sigh! But if you have the opportunity or the will to work from home, you need to be well aware of the following measures:

  1. Avoid distractions:

Now that you don’t have your boss on top of your head, or no encouraging (or threatening!) work environment, you need to know that avoiding distractions is one of the most important rules to maintain your productivity, or even increase it. If you work from home, you have to turn off all kinds of distracting gadgets like the television, and make it clear to your family members that no one is allowed to interrupt you or ask you questions or favors while you are working. Because if you are working from home, it doesn’t mean that you are available whenever they need you (unless it is something very urgent of course). It would be better if you work in your room and lock it, if you have nagging or young siblings.

If you prefer to work at a café or somewhere outdoors, you should not tell your friends to stop and have a little chat or anything of the sort, or else the place where you work will turn into a gathering place for your friends!

Either ways you must turn off all kinds of social media websites or applications –it would be better to switch off your mobile data, work from the laptop without opening Facebook and similar sites.

  1. Set your working hours & daily schedule:

If your job is an hourly based one, then setting your working hours won’t pose a problem for you. The only thing you need to do is to be well aware of your working hours (either morning hours, or shifts, or even divided into sessions). Schedule your day according to your settled working hours. For example, if you work in shifts you should make sure to finish your meals and run your errands before the time starts, or if you work in sessions you should divide your meals, outings, running your errands before, in between, or after your work sessions depending on the things you should do and the time between each session.

If it is a task based job, then it will be your job to set your working hours and your daily schedule according to it. You have to be strict with yourself concerning those hours. Either you set them day to day depending on the tasks or once and for all. This will mean that you have to divide your meals according to your set working hours, and finish your other tasks or outings either before or after your working hours (not in between so as not to lose focus or get out of the mood unless it’s something urgent or that won’t take more than 15 minutes).

  1. Choose your zone:

If you will be working somewhere at home, it would be better if you have a desk to work on, or you can use the dining room table if you will be alone or at least “left alone”, or a table in the balcony if you are living in a quiet neighborhood. You are thinking of the couch? I would say you can use it so little if your back aches or something. The bed? It’s completely forbidden. Before you start either working at home or outdoors you need to set everything at hand: your materials, your music playlist, your laptop charger, your snack – better a healthy one of course – if you like to crunch something while working. Anything else you might need must also be prepared so as not to leave your nook every now and then.

If you are working outdoors try to choose the less visited and quiet cafés even if they don’t serve the best pasta in town, so that you don’t lose your focus.

  1. Take care of your psychological state

Actually the way your work affects your mood and psychological state is the most important of all. Because as much as we all yearn for decreasing the amount of stress in our lives as much as we are not ready to sacrifice other things in return. Like the feeling of achievement, socializing while sharing your working hours with some human company, going out and killing boredom. That’s why you need to be very careful when you choose to work from home to take the measures to ensure: your productivity, your scope for socializing, and maintaining your health. Concerning the productivity, we have spoken about setting your work hours and avoiding distractions and so on. As for socializing: if you work from home, it would be nice to work for one or two days per week somewhere outdoors so as to change the scenery and avoid boredom. You could also share your working hours and place with colleagues or friends working like you on one condition that you commit yourselves to not interrupting each other. Try to exercise also to compensate for the effort you used to exert going to work or back home every day and to boost your energy. So if you work at home, try to exercise between the sessions. If you go to a café ,try to go walking if the place is not that far.

Now, there are very few companies that allow their employees to work from home for one or two days per week. Hence, they work in the office for a maximum of three or four days. I believe this is one of the best advantages a company could offer its employees. Thus reducing the stress they are subjected to and offering a healthy work environment for almost half of the week!

By: Sara Mahmoud

Edited By: Salma Hanno

Photography: Mahmoud Mansi

Art: Ala’a Mohasseb

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Wellbeing @ Work Summit Middle East 2021 – where balance, resilience and authenticity break the Mental Health Stigma

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Written by: Cinzia Nitti

Globally, 2020 has been a year like no other. Coronavirus pandemic caused a massive business disruption; transformation has been key in supporting employees and catalyzing workplace changes. There was a rush to adapt and reinvent Business Models. Organizations had to rethink and reconsider how they deliver services and strengthen their Organizations through a forward-thinking Digital strategy. To be more agile and responsive in such uncertain times, we need to respond to challenges and adapt quickly to new scenarios by moving from rigid hierarchies to leaner and more flexible structures.

But what about Mental Health at Work, and why is it essential?

What’s the Office of the Future?

Within the Wellbeing @ Work Summit Middle East 2021, HR Leaders tried to normalize the conversation about Mental Health by putting the topic first, enabling self-care and professional support, raising awareness, and building knowledge around its related issues. Nowadays, personal and work life are more intertwined than ever, so it becomes vital to create balance: the more employees feel free to talk about Mental Health, the more they can prevent struggle and breakout at the Workplace. HR leaders play a crucial role in making an IMPACT by pushing new solutions, promoting work-life balance, redesign workloads, and supporting their Teams.

In this general frame, Irada Aghamaliyeva (MENA Diversity, Inclusiveness & Wellbeing Leader at EY) affirmed: “Workplaces that are inclusive foster enhanced employee wellbeing; employees with high levels of wellbeing are more inclusive”. How can Organizations increase employees’ resilience and embed sustainable Leadership behaviors in the post-covid reality?

Dr. Irada Aghamaliyeva introduced the Mindfulness practice in the Workplace and highlighted its benefits on a large scale: improved wellbeing and resilience on a physical level; positive emotions, self-regulation, empathy and awareness of social dynamics; learning and innovation thanks to the implementation of flexible thinking, intuition and problem-solving processes. So breaking the stigma is possible, starting from personal wellbeing to sustain positive energy and fuel resilience.

About the Power of Empathetic and Authentic Leadership, Dr. Rima Ghose Chowdhury (EVP & Chief Human Resources Officers at Datamatics Global Services) stresses the importance of Leadership roles today. The virtual environment employees are working in, makes them more vulnerable due to a lack of balance between emotional and authenticity traits. Authenticity is the primary factor in effective leadership, regardless of the leadership style. Putting employees first as a strategic priority and hearing their voices to guide strategy; embracing agility to work more effectively in tumultuous time; including a multigenerational work-force: these are the key concepts within Dr. Rima’s motto “Empowering is to enable”. Through motivation and filling emotional support needs, the Empowering Teams Process leads to employees’ safety, esteem, and self-actualization. 

The Wellbeing @ Work Summit delivers strategic direction, advice and inspiration from employers and experts from across the world to help you create a more compassionate corporate culture that delivers results. To know more about the FOW Future of Work Insights platform around the world, click here: https://fowinsights.com/

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The Wellbeing @ Work virtual Summit Middle East returns for its 5th annual event on 22-24 February 2021

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The summit provides an innovative and experiential virtual learning opportunity for our audience of CEOs, benefit and reward business leaders and senior HR professionals. The information and knowledge gained from attending this event allow the opportunity to make strategic wellbeing and mental health decisions within an organization, supporting our mission to create more flourishing and thriving workplaces. Never before has the mental health and wellbeing of your employees been so important. The Wellbeing @ Work Summit includes keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, and fireside chats alongside unrivaled networking with leaders across the Middle East using our AI-enabled matchmaking platform. This is far more than a webinar! An engaging 3-day event providing you invaluable insight and tools to create thriving workplaces.

Key Reasons to Attend:

  • An engaging AI-enabled matchmaking platform to make invaluable connections & host virtual meetings up to 2 weeks before the three-day festival
  • Learn how multinational organizations are creating workplaces where employees thrive in the new world
  • Campfire panel discussions informing workplace change & mental health solutions
  • Middle East-based employer case studies providing the secrets to employee wellbeing success
  • International experts bringing best-practice from across the globe
  • Invaluable networking with business leaders from across the Middle East

The Wellbeing @ Work Summit delivers strategic direction, advice and inspiration from employers and experts from across the world to help you create a more compassionate corporate culture that delivers results. The design and implementation of a holistic wellbeing and mental health programme that delivers healthy outcomes and a more productive organization is paramount right now. 

In addition, the results of the extensive Middle East region-wide survey on wellbeing and mental fitness in organizations across the region made in partnership with Cognomie will be presented during the event.

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DECODING FUTURE HR: Today’s challenges are tomorrow’s trends and opportunities

Global 24 hour virtual event | 19 and 20 January 2021

www.decodinghrevent.com

The world in 2020 has changed to a ‘new normality’ but what’s that ‘new normality’ everybody talks about? Is it here to stay? How is it affecting us in our daily lives in the different versions of ourselves? As a customer, an entrepreneur, a parent, a friend…a worker…

Our job is a key part of our lives and we are indeed living through a fundamental transformation in the way we work. Automation and ‘thinking machines’ are replacing human tasks and jobs, and changing the skills that organisations are looking for in their people. These momentous changes raise huge organisational, talent and other HR challenges. It has become clear that few organisations are likely to revert to pre-pandemic practices even after a vaccine is found.

Decoding Future HR 2021 is bringing you the ideology of how today’s challenges are becoming tomorrow’s trends and opportunities resulting in HR excellence.

Why you should attend:

  • Learn about the trends and best practices shaping future HR
  • Get valuable insights from expert speakers
  • Share ideas and research to help your organisation reach its goals
  • Understand what do employees want in ‘New Normal’
  • Develop new vision for HRBP and Centre of Expertise
  • Identify, integrate and understand stakeholders to create an intentional employee experience
  • Approaches and elements to leadership development.

Some of our confirmed speakers:

  • Tshepo Yvonne Mosadi , Human Resources Director, The HEINEKEN Company
  • Sarah Tabet, Global HR Director/ D&I Leader | Author for “Inclusion Starts with U”, Schneider Electric
  • Wadah Al Turki, Country Talent Manager KSA and Bahrain, IKEA
  • Lesha Chakraborti, Head of HR – EMEA, Travelex
  • Shaban Butt, Director HR & Administration, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Sajjad Parmar, Head of Rewards – APAC, eBay
  • Katey Howard, VP, Talent Management AMESA, Pepsico
  • Chen Fong Tuan, HR & General Affairs Director, Samsung Electronics
  • Prerna Ajmera, Senior Director, HR Experiences and Solutions, Microsoft
  • Václav Koranda, Vice President Human Resources / Member of the Board of Directors, T-System
  • Amy MacGregor, VP Employee Experience, Global HR, Manulife
  • Adwait Kashalkar, People Analytics and Programme Management Leader, APAC, Mastercard

Click here to view all speakers: www.decodinghrevent.com/speakers

At Wisdom we remain positive that ‘normality’ will soon return and that we will be able to physically meet together once again as speakers, delegates and sponsors at our beautiful venues around the world. But meanwhile, life continues and we need to keep in touch and learn from each other. This 24-hour virtual event will be of great benefit and value to your businesses and its continued development during these challenging times. While this virtual event comes at a lesser cost, it provides for now a wider reach into an international audience, with flexibility of access to content as well as allowing you to have the same opportunity as at a face-to-face session for one-to-one business meetings. We look forward to welcoming you in January.

Date and time: 19-20 January 2021Where: Virtual engaging platform
  Further information and bookings: www.decodinghrevent.com        Contact:
marketing@wisdom.events   #WSDM_BI
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