You might know how to conduct yourself at the office (stop microwaving fish!). But now that you’re working from home, do you know how to be a polite, considerate home-office mate to the rest of your family and your (virtual) colleagues? If not, read on:


Stop saying: I hope this mail finds you well

Everyone is not okay. Rather stick to the classics: “Thanks for your last email”, “Hope you had a good weekend”, “I’m checking in”,’hope this email find you in good health (since the whole lockdown is centered around health this may be good reminder to someone who is losing hope that their health is important. It may also open up avenues for outlets, so that we don’t have as many people committing suicide). Or, simply go right into what your email is about, no need for time-wasting words.


Close – and lock – the door

If you have a Zoom meeting, close and lock your door. No one needs to see your family members stroll around in their underwear to check if you’d like a cup of tea 😊.


Mute the mic

If you’re in a Zoom meeting, and you’re not talking, please mute your microphone. We don’t want to hear you typing, sighing, Hadedas screeching or dogs barking.


Work call? Go outside

We’re all sharing a space, and you might be living with someone who is also working from home, so respect the need for quiet. If you take a call, = find another unoccupied space to have the conversation. (Depending on where some people live, outside may get them into trouble, its not everyone who has a garden, or patio etc. we need to be seen to be sensitive to such matters).


Communicate with your team

People think productivity will plummet when employees are not able to quickly communicate. But working from home doesn’t need to mean silence. Use Slack, Google chat, WhatsApp (sparingly please) to keep your colleagues up to date. Let them know in the morning what you’re working on, tell them if you take a lunch break…


Cool it on the WhatsApp groups

Yes, we’re all trying to stay on top of things, but adding yet another WhatsApp group might not help – and sharing memes on them all day certainly won’t. Ask yourself: do people NEED to see this? Is it important? Is it true? If not, don’t share it.


Be careful

The last thing anyone needs is for you to have a DIY accident right now. If you’re working at home, do it safely. Of course, in case you get hurt, make sure you’re prepared with emergency and accident cover.


Check your Wifi

Double and triple check your Wifi signal at your desk. If it’s not strong all throughout the day – move your office.


Stick to work hours

We know it feels like the days and nights are blurring into one, but that doesn’t mean you can call or DM a colleague at 10pm asking for a report. Check the time.