10 Tips for Devs & Dev Managers to effectively Work from home.

With many working from home for the first time yesterday and today, we spoke to our Development community of regular remote workers to and compiled our top tips for both Developers and those who manage the development cycle to help you settle in, keep calm and carry on.

Developers

  1. Don’t work from the couch, it’ll either be too distracting, or you’ll never stop working, instead, block off a bit of your home and use that for work and work ONLY
  2. Take advantage of the freedom; you still can have a break. Play COD, do the washing or watch that Series.Many Dev’s said “Spend the first day p$sing about and playing games / watching films etc. Tell your manager and team that’s what you’ll be doing, get it out of your system.”
  3. Wake up at your usual time and get dressed. Use the extra time in the morning for Pluralsight or Code Katas or whatever helps you get started. Also, finish at your usual time!
  4. Schedule a daily call with your team – similar to the daily stand-up but for 15 minutes and it’s entirely focused on you, what you’ve been doing, how you’re feeling etc. Keep in contact.
  5. When you’re about to start working on some code – turn Slack / Whatsapp / Twitter / Instagram or whatever OFF. Block some time off in your diary for “code work” every day – make sure it’s one consecutive block of 2 or 4 or 6 hours, whatever you need. Communicate this with people in your team.

Managers

  1. Trust your people. You hired them as you believed they had the skills to do the job; they came across as trustworthy and embodied your companies’ culture. Let them do what they were brought in to do.
  2. Respect your team’s calendars, if they’ve blocked out a chunk of time for “code” or whatever – don’t interrupt them. If you need to speak to them urgently, and it is urgent, then, of course, it’s reasonable to interrupt. Otherwise, it can be an email and a future appointment in their diaries.
  3. Work on improving how you measure the value of your team. Keep an eye on those who seem to be most communicative – are they interrupting everyone because their value relies on being visible? Are they always asking for updates from people because they have nothing else to do?
  4. Remind yourself and your team daily that remote working is HARD and feeling unsure, isolated, guilty etc. is all normal, but you can work through it together.
  5. Review your company’s policy on remote working. How easy was it to switch? How could this be improved? Remote working WILL happen again, and it should be part of your corporate strategy anyway.

We have a wealth of experience with remote workers, if you are finding it hard to strike a balance feel free to get in touch and we can help or put you in touch with one of our specialist remote workers – 0161 9600 800

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