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Tips for remote working

13 April 2021

At permanent tsb, we value our colleagues, customers and communities, and we are working hard to support colleagues adapt to and evolve our new ways of working. We’ve developed some handy infographics to help you to continue to work effectively and collaboratively, and work smarter, whether you’re in the office or working from home.

Over the coming weeks we will continue to publish new guides in the form of simple illustrative infographics to support you, our colleagues and our customers in your day-to-day working.

It’s so important to maintain a healthy work-life balance and working remotely can challenge that, so we hope you find our Tips for Remote Working handy!

During Work

Get Active
Move around as much as you can during the day - even if it has to be inside! In between meetings, take a walk to the kitchen to refill your water or coffee. If you don’t have time to leave the room, do one minute of exercise in the room you’re in. It’s important to move your body. Check out the Escape You Chair challenge on for more information (from a personal device).

Stay Connected
Tools like Outlook, Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams can keep you connected with colleagues.

Take the time at the start and end of every day to look at the “to do” list, and prioritise what really needs to be done. Make sure you tackle the “MIT”: Most Important Thing on your list. What’s the item on your list you’re dreading the most? Eat that frog and tackle the worst item first, or directly after the MIT.

Schedule Breaks
Break times and lunch times are vital for your wellbeing and work-life balance. Book the time out in your Outlook calendar to avoid a meeting being scheduled in.

Designate a Work Space
Where possible, have a designated area to get work done, separate from where you relax.

During A Meeting

Minimise all other applications, close down email or turn off your pop-up notifications and silence your phone to avoid distractions.

Stay Connected
Turn on your camera to have a more engaging virtual meeting.

Get Active
End meetings at least 5 minutes early to allow participants to stretch their legs and prepare for their next meeting/task. 

Making It Work

Working from home takes time to get used to. Be patient and compassionate with others in your life, both at home and at work.

It’s easy to fall out of routine. The virtual “commute” is a great way to fall into a new one. Create a routine that indicates the “start” and “end” of the working day. Used to read a book on the bus? Get a coffee on the way into work? Call a friend on the Dart home? Listen to a Podcast? Go for a walk? Use your “commute” time to retain elements of your previous daily structure to inject some social contact and down time into your new routine.

After Work

Shut down in the evening
Allow yourself time to disconnect from your computer and work phone to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Pack up your work
If you don’t have a home office, pack up your workstation and move it out of sight.

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