Returning From Lockdown

Tips on Returning from Lockdown

So after Lockdown, most people may have returned to work already. Some people will be returning to work, some will be going back to their jobs and others may be starting new jobs, but almost all will have to readjust to working back out in offices and other workplaces. Some of you might be struggling to get back into a routine, and some of you might be doing just fine – or maybe some of you have never had a routine –  everyone is different after all.

Getting back into a routine can be difficult, of course however trying to get into one whilst preparing your return to the workspace can help get back into the flow of things. Of course everyone will miss the ability to lie in, or being able for a few extra minutes of sleep if you were working from home, but sacrificing that for about roughly a week before you go back in, or going in for the first time, should prove beneficial to getting back into an early morning routine. 

One thing you should always have ready for when you return to work, or if it’s your first time going into work, is always have what you need for work prepared the night before – even if it’s not your first day, being prepared is better than rushing around in the morning, and if it is your first day, it is definitely not ideal to be rushing in the morning. If you’re returning from working from home, you’ll have to prepare what you’ve been working on to bring in the workplace if necessary too, and if that’s digitally as well (which will make it easier to do so) you’ll have to make sure you have access to your work at home from the office, it’s a pain when you forget a simple thing like that when you could have emailed yourself it, or by another way.

If you’re starting work, which could also help jog the memories of people returning or even help people already back get there quicker, one thing you should definitely do is to plan out your route, seeing which way is the most ideal to get there, and which method is the best way to take, all help you get back to work on time, whilst also giving yourself more time on the morning if you’re lucky enough. Finding the best method to get there is helpful for anybody travelling to work, maybe it might be faster to walk then get the bus, finding that out could save you time and money, and it’s not exclusive to just that example, weighing the pros and cons of any method of travel should be on everyone’s mind who have to travel to work.

Well one thing you could help yourself wake up early and on time is to set multiple alarms, ideally you should already be setting an alarm anyway, but setting multiple around 5 to 10 minutes apart should start to wake you up before you need to. Multiple alarms would definitely wake you up, and keep waking you up if you can’t get up after the first, the amount of alarms is up to you of course, some people only need one, whilst others might need 3, or 5 or even 12 I’ve heard of!  

So whether you are just starting work, or going back to work after the lockdown, hopefully these few tips could help you out. Or even if you’re already back in the office or workplace, hopefully any of this could help – maybe you could even find a better route or get up at the right time now, if you needed to!

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For all of you that are needing blog posts to add to your website. No matter what type of company you have or work for here are some ideas that are usable for anyone.

Blog Ideas to inspire your readers

1. What is your day to day schedule? An insight into your day.

2. How did you get started in your career? How did you grow your business?

3. What is your mission statement?

4. Share your Goals and explain how you’re going to achieve them.

5. What’s the best piece of advice you have received? What is the best advice you can give to your readers?

Blog ideas to entertain your readers

1. Create an office playlist and explain why you chose each song

2. Give people a glimpse of what your office looks like

3. Explain to people what your first week on the job was like? Was it what you expected?

4. Which fictional character would be perfect for your job?

5. Explain why you chose the career that you do.

Blog Ideas that’ll promote your business

1. Business FAQ

2. Explain the origin behind your company name and logo

3. Compare your product or service with your competition and explain why yours is better.

4. Use customer Testimonials about your product or service

5. Share the success of your company. How it started and where it’s at now.

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Even though university has fees and apprenticeships don’t, it’s assumed that university degrees ensure you the highest paying jobs however this isn’t the case. 

Here are three of the top jobs which don’t require a university degree and can be achieved by taking an apprenticeship instead.

1. Entrepreneur

Did you know…

Entrepreneurs need no university qualification to kickstart their career, instead this job is all about the motivation, perseverance and creative ideas.

Income will depend on the business’ success

Try a business apprenticeship to gain all these skills and more.

2. Training / Project Manager

Did you know…

Training managers administer training programs for employers by creating, presenting and monitoring while project manager’s key responsibilities are budgeting, overseeing, planning and documenting to ensure a project is successful.

Training Managers can earn £37,000

Project Managers can earn £40,000

Try a management apprenticeship for all these skills and more.

3. Sales Manager

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Sales managers’ overall aim is leading teams to reach specific sales goals which requires no university degrees, instead IT skills and team leading skills.

Income can begin at £18,000 and can reach £100,000

Both customer service and digital apprenticeships can be the first step in gaining all of these skills.

Visit Oracle’s apprenticeship page here, and the Institute for Apprenticeships page for more information on the different sectors of apprenticeship on offer.

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Working From Home: My experience and other points

Some people out there would have had the luck to work from home, whether that was for the better or worse, it was a different experience for everyone. I’m here now to talk about my experiences. 

For me, it wasn’t that much of a bad time as some people had, in fact I rather enjoyed it, it was something I had not done before and gave me quite a bit of flexibility around work. With having a dog as well, being able to slightly adjust the time frame of work, I could easily keep track of her and work at the same time – if something happened I could work a bit longer than usual, with or without the dog’s interference.  

Not to mention as well, in my case, I have worked with Windows PCs most of my life, however in the office I work on an iMac, I have gotten used to it already, but I still make slip ups here and there. When I was working from home, I could use my own personal PC, which I do know all the tricks and shortcuts too, as well as already having useful programs installed to help. It was more ideal for me to work from home in that aspect, as my iMac in the office tends to throw a tantrum sometimes and shut itself off, whilst at home, my PC tends to run smoothly and any issues I come across I can usually deal with.

Not forgetting as well, as soon as you’ve finished up work for the day, you can just immediately do all the non related work stuff you’ve been wanting or needing to do, whether that be giving your dog a big walk, or running through some domains with some friends on your favourite game, all can be done quite quickly after quitting time, rather than when you’re in an office, you have to make your way back home from work, whether that be walking or getting the bus.

To top off on that as well, when you’re working from home, there’s no travel costs, you just have to get up and ready, and then you’re at work there’s no need to get up really early to travel to your job, if that’s the situation you find yourself in. You’ll get up, get ready and then you can start work immediately, not worrying about being late or too early, you can start right on time, unless something comes up and you start a little later, then you can finish a little later too and catch yourself up, like my first point it’s very flexible.

And who could forget, you’re at home too! Working from home means you’ll be working in the comfort of your own home as well, although this could be a double edged sword – meaning it could either help you concentrate or distract you more, I did sometimes find it hard to concentrate, but once I got going it was pretty easy to stay focused from there. 

However, whilst there may be many upsides to working from home, like many things, it has its downsides too, like the fact it’ll be only you working on your own, if you’re used to being around quite a few people working in an office, which can be quite jarring, instances like if you need to ask help on a specific thing, and there’s nobody about, you’d have to write an email to someone and then await a response, if you can’t google search it that is. The point being, it may take a while for a response back, the other person could be swamped with work or just doesn’t have the time at the moment to send anything.

Which also leads to another obstacle you could face, communication issues. Sometimes it’ll be easy to get in touch with the people you need to, sometimes it won’t be, and this can slow work down. Not to mention, whilst it can be easier to do meetings via teams or zooms, this can also have its own issues too, with users not having cameras or cameras malfunctioning, they’ll also lead to some difficulty communicating. And from the other side as well, sometimes things just happen out of your control and you can’t be there to answer emails or having to take a break and the likes, like a dog misbehaving or a windows update that decides to take a day (yeah that happened to me) 

So with us just coming out of lockdown three was it now? Some of us would have been working from home, and those people should have similar or completely different experiences to tell, lets just remember these things to try and improve on for the next time we have to work from home.

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