Creating a Productive Home Office

In line with imposing quarantine all over the world because of this Pandemic. Working at home has becoming a norm to majority of businesses and organization.

How do we shift from the typical office set up to working at home surrounded by too many distractions?

Let’s create a pleasant and productive home office set up.

  1. Chose your perfect spot.

You have to ensure that you put your self in a quiet spot where you can gather your thoughts and concentration to be productive working from home.

I suggest you move away from the television that makes you want to glimpse on the series your housemates are watching, or just near the fridge where the snack can easily distract you.

Get your self a nice lamp giving you enough lightning to pump that mood and ambiance of an office.

2. Don’t use the bed as your work space.

I know there are lots of bed tables that allows you to work while you’re sitting or slouching on the bed, but no, please don’t. Just the same with using your couch, those gives you too much comfort. One minute you’re working enthusiastically and the next thing you know you’re just chilling there or worst, sleeping. Good bye to do list.

3. Keep your work space clean and organize.

Since working at home allows us to practice paper less transactions, keeping a decluttered desk is expected.

Don’t be tempted to eat on your desk and leave everything you have used on the side of your table.

Remember that a neat workspace gives us clearer space to think and perform all the work-plans productively.

4. Move.

After doing above mentioned tips, I know, you’re too focused on your work to even listen to me, but hey! Remember to move and don’t be on the same sitting position while working. Be conscious on your posture and do some stretching.

5. Own that workspace.

We really don’t know how long this work set up will last, so might as well own that space. Put something personal that will cheer you up every working day.

Remember how you put those frames on your office desk or those tiny collectibles? It gives a lift right? Try doing it on your home office set up for the same pleasant experience.

Working at home does come with some perks, most of us are enjoying. It’s best to give back by being productive with a touch of excellence and your perfect makeshift office will help you do so.

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Interview tips from HR

If you are looking for some advice on how to ace that upcoming interview, here are my tips.

Be your true self

When I do interview and talk to an applicant, I am not waiting for the right answer. There is no perfect answer to any of my questions. I just need to know the truth, why? when? what happened, things like that. Never ever pretend to be someone else or to claim something that you really don’t know of. Remember that you have 6 months in probation to prove everything.

Do not convince, but convey

Do not put a lot of marketing during your interview. I know you want the job but you have to convey your importance and value as a skilled person with a good character rather than just convincing them to hire you because you can do the job.

Stay focused

Sometimes, in the middle of the interview, you tend to get along too much with the interviewer that you lose your concentration on the questions and ends up making chit chats. It’s ok to get informal conversation related to the interview but do not lose your focus. Make sure that you are still catching everything right.

State your strength and highlight your weaknesses

For me it is important to see how a person acknowledges his flaws and how willing he is to improve. Don’t be afraid to tell exactly what you are lacking of or you’re weak at, again, be your true self. Just make sure that you are doing something to improve where you fall short, otherwise you won’t make it on the short list.

Passion for work

Among all the applicants on a job vacancy, there is one with superior set of skill and there is one with overflowing passion for work and I always go to those passionate ones.

In my experience, super skilled person can do the job perfectly but some one passionate put some add ons and I’d say it’s work of love.

I don’t say it’s correct but I’m saying this based on my experience, and all those I hired never failed me. Most of them are already managing a team, if not regular employees.

You see, interview is basically just knowing who you are and why we need to hire someone like you. Be prepared to show your value and your passion for work. Maybe you won’t get hired on the first, second or third interview but do not lose hope. There is always that company who needs someone like you, you just need to keep looking.

Good luck!