Working from home etiquette: Our top tips
Video meetings have become the new normal due to the ongoing pandemic limiting our face to face contact. Now that a lot of companies will be remote working for the foreseeable future, it’s important that you maintain a sense of professionalism, no matter how tempting it might be to stay in your dressing gown all day.
Stick to your normal routine
Government advice has been to follow the structure of your normal working day as much as possible. For most people, this involves getting up and dressed like they would if they were actually going into work. Changing into formal wear could actually help you focus more by getting you into the mindset of being at the office. This will also help you to remain professional in terms of your behaviour too, such as sticking to your regular hours and not getting distracted by household chores or the TV.
However, for many people, the delight of working from home is that they can stay in their comfy clothes. So, what about when you have to turn the camera on for a Zoom meeting? Well, you can cheat the system slightly by opting for half comfy and half professional attire. This would involve wearing tracksuits or pyjamas on your bottom half, but then dressing appropriately for work on the top half – this includes your hair and makeup too (if necessary). This way, you can maintain the etiquette your company would expect to see in the office whilst also taking advantage of being in the comfort of your own home.
Maintaining your professionalism
Maintaining professionalism even whilst working from home is imperative to showing your dedication to your job/company. Dress code etiquette is one the simplest ways to demonstrate this, whilst also helping to direct your headspace into work mode (a difficult thing to do when working from home). When the cameras are switched off, it is completely your decision as to what you would like to wear, but just be aware of the possible changes in your behaviour, such as starting to adopt an unprofessional tone over calls or emails.