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Tips for the @ Home Workforce

Many people are finding themselves working at home more these days. Companines are finding flexible methods for employees to be able to work from home and get more done while building loyality from their workforce. This week we will explore a few tips that might assist any at home work force warrior.

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Setup a specific place for work. You’ll be able to deduct it from your taxes and it will help you psychologically. 26 million Americans have home offices, just 3.4 million taxpayers claim home-office deductions. In order to claim your work space on your taxes you must file Form 8829, Expenses for Business use of Your Home. To find out all of the details on what is acceptable by the IRS check out Pubiication 587.

Create a daily work schedule. It’s easy to get sucked into being available to work any time, any day. I work far more hours than when I had an in-house job with one employer. My choice since I am self-employed. But, in reality, for the sake of my mental health, I need someone to pull me away from my at home office from time to time.

Don't be invisible. While working at home can be beneficial for both companies and workers, it can also lead to ‘invisibility’ that can limit opportunities for career advancement, It is important for remote workers to remain networked as closely as possible with peers and leaders in the office.

Be an extrovert. Working remotely can prevent you from building workplace relationships and chances to meet new people in an office. This is a bit of an intangible loss, but, again, push yourself to get out of the house, and squeeze in an activities with colleagues and bosses. Also consider some promotional products gifts you could purchase for your co-workers and boss with the company logo or slogan on them. Some of the most popular are custom ceramic mugs, custom koozies & can holders, and one of my favorites custom power banks.

Ramp up your tech skills. Help is not always on the way. If you run into a technical issue with your computer, you may very well be left out in the cold. If you’re an employee, try to stay connected to someone in the IT department, who you can reach out to in a pinch. And show your appreciation, again, a lunch out or gift card are ways to say thanks.

 

I believe the trend will continue to grow and we need to find new ways to mitigate some of the shortcomings for the @ home workforce. Scribe Sherpas also has a blog spot on Medium. Check it out!

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