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The internet offers an instant and limitless well of information – it’s made life a whole lot easier for all of us!

On the flipside, it provides a limitless number of distractions – one minute you’re researching the best way to make an international conference call, then next minute you’re watching a gif of a grumpy cat, and before you know it six hours have passed and you’ve not done a thing on your to-do list.

And that’s before we get started on social media!

So if you’re working day suffers from fatal distractions, here’s how to stop wasting time…

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Are you working from home, perhaps due to coronavirus restrictions at your workplace? Do you check your work emails from home? Answer business calls on your day off? Or even maybe just catch up on some office admin when you’re at a loose end?

If so, you could be doing damage to your health!

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The coronavirus lockdown has meant more people have been working from home than ever before. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that almost half of all of people in employment (47%) did some work at home during April 2020, the vast majority of which (86%) did so as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But if you were told you had the chance to work from home  indefinitely, what would be your main motivation for working remotely? To avoid the commute? To get away from the office politics? To improve your work/life balance?

There are all sorts of reasons over 4 million of us choose to work outside of the office – a study from Together Mutual Insurance has just taken a closer look at why telecommuting is becoming ever more popular, as well as some of our work from home habits.

Here’s what it found…

Flexible working Small business Work from home

How are you coping with working from home? We currently live in a world devoid of the daily commute, where the working day isn’t necessarily bound by the nine-to-five, and office politics are a thing of the past, other than the odd faux pas on a video or conference call.

If you’ve ever dreamed of working from home, lockdown may have shown you that it’s not quite the carefree employment existence you’d imagined – the commute has been replaced with a lie-in, the working day stretches well into the evening, an the office politics are replaced by the distraction of daytime TV.

You see, not everyone can cut it when working from home, it can take a lot of drive and discipline that you just don’t need when working in an office.

So before you hand in that remote working request, work out whether you can actually cope with working from home…

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As the coronavirus lockdown has forced more of us to work from home, so more of us have had to conduct meeting remotely, meaning conference calling is playing a bigger and bigger part in the working day.

And while working from home has its benefits – notably, you’ll miss the daily commute but never have to miss an episode of Come Dine with Me again – it’s also filled with potential pitfalls, particularly where the conference call is concerned. Although our conference calls are simple to set up, we have no control over what goes on once the call is connected, and people’s conference call etiquette can often leave a lot to be desired.

It’s can be complicated enough when the teleconference is done over the phone; eating is out and coughs must be stifled to avoid deafening the other participants. And throwing video into equation makes things even worse as this means you actually have to get dressed for work – if only from the waist up.

If the idea of a remote conversations gives you the pip, then simply follow our three top tips to avoid conference call catastrophe…

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