Advice for Remote Working
Published on 9th August 2021
In the last 18 months, many of us have had to adapt our way of working. Remote working is now commonplace for many employers and employees and in many cases, it has produced effective and positive results. However, with this new way of working comes many new challenges. At Work Matters at the Library, we have compiled a number of websites and web resources that give handy tips and advice to those who are getting used to the remote workspace.
The HSE give much-needed pragmatic advice regarding working from home, including advice on keeping a routine during your work day, limiting social media interaction and taking in regular breaks and exercises. The stand-out feature included in their advice is a very useful “Workstation Guide”, with instructions on how to set up your home workspace to “minimise risks and to maximise comfort & productivity”. The HSE present their advice very clearly and it's broken up into succinct and easy to understand paragraphs.
This section of the Citizens Information website gives information on how to claim tax relief on additional costs of working from home, including electricity, heat and broadband. This practical guide gives information on the tax relief entitlements for remote workers laid out in in Budget 2021, how to apply for these benefits, and the amount of tax you can claim back. It also gives useful examples and real-world scenarios to give those working from home a better indication of the amount of tax they can claim back. There are also step by step instructions on how to apply through Revenue’s “myAccount” service and a short video to explain how to use Revenue’s app to upload receipts and bills. This website is an ideal starting point for those seeking information and advice on tax relief for working remotely from home.
This top 10 list from Optima recruitment company gives tips that may suit those in the corporate or business sector who have busy schedules and who are working from home. Advice on scheduling breaks, maximising output and performance and scheduling time for breaks to talk to friends and family feature prominently in Optima’s advice.
Many of those working from home will have families, and hays.ie has put together 6 tips to keep on top of things while juggling work with parental duties. It gives tips on how to keep young children occupied while you are at work, a timetable for “creative” and “play” time and a great selection of activities and educational content to keep children entertained while still maintaining your productivity.