Working from Home tips for Candidates

It is important that you look after yourself while working from home during this time.  When we work from home it is easy to get into bad habits and become immersed in work, and this can be counter-productive. Or you may experience the opposite and find it hard to focus and remain as motivated as you would on-site. To avoid this, we suggest a few things around expectations and best practices for remote working:

Workspace:

  • Candidates needs to have a clear workspace with comfortable seating and no distractions.  If you find something is distracting you (e.g. personal mobile phone), this should be put away during working hours.

Routine:

  • It is very important to keep a regular routine while working from home. Try to get up at the same time as normal and get dressed/have breakfast and then go for a little walk in the place of your normal commute to the office.
  • Set a schedule and stick to it.  This might mean setting an alarm as a reminder.
  • Your work day hours are the same as normal, and candidates should still take his/her lunchbreak as normal.

Breaks:

  • Take regular breaks as you would on-site in their entirety, don’t cut them short.  Breaks serve an important function in improving concentration and focus, and allow us to stand and stretch when spending time working at a desk.
  • Spend lunchtime doing something immersive, for e.g.  do some jobs around the house or cook dinner etc rather than putting the TV on, as it helps to keep the brain in focus.

Reach out for support:

  • Don’t be afraid to increase the frequency of check-ins with your managers and Specialisterne staff should you have any questions/ need support, so that you don’t feel isolated and can still be productive
  • Outside of working hours keep in touch with friends/colleagues on non-work-related topics so as not to feel too isolated.

Don’t burn yourself out

  • While it is really important that you are strict with yourself and stick to your schedule, don’t over-do it as burn out often happens when people forget to finish and end up working extra hours.
  • If possible, get some fresh air e.g. in the garden or go for a short walk outside of working hours

Information for candidates if the Covid-19 Pandemic affects their employment

Due to the measures put in place by the Irish Government to curb the transmission of the Covid-19 virus, many people may find their employment is disrupted. In response to this the Irish Government have put in place new Social Welfare Payments for those who have lost employment due to the economic downturn caused by COVID-19. Detailed information on these payments and how they may apply to your own situation can be found on the Citizen’s Information website at;

 

https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/social_welfare/covid19_and_social_welfare.html

 

The  COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is a 6 week payment which will be paid at a flat rate of €203 per week for those who qualify under the ‘jobseekers’ category. This category applies to both employees (including students) and the self-employed who have either lost employment or had their working hours reduced due to Covid-19.

You can apply for this payment by filling out a short, simple one-page application form. Information on this payment, a link for the application form and details on how to fill this out can all be found on the gov.ie website at;

 

https://www.gov.ie/en/service/be74d3-covid-19-pandemic-unemployment-payment/

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