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Practical Guide to Working From Home

Due to the nature of the work we do at CGI, some members are classed as ‘Key Workers’ and have been working in COVID-secure offices since March 2020. However, many CGI members have been working from home (WFH) since the start of the pandemic

CGI is currently reviewing return to office plans and it’s likely these will be driven by our client and project needs, but many will be looking to find the balance between working in an office and working remotely where possible. We’ll be in touch closer to your joining date about your working plans but initially, some of you will be joining CGI remotely.

We’ve put together this guide to help you navigate WFH and ensure that you’re set up for a healthy and happy working environment.

Have a dedicated work space

It’s important to have a dedicated workspace when WFH if possible. Due to the surge in demand at the start of the pandemic for office furniture, many CGI members had to initially make do with working at breakfast bars, bedroom dressing tables and even camping tables! However having a dedicated workspace set up can help to separate you from other household activities and make it easier to create a barrier between your workspace and relaxing space.

CGI can provide equipment to help you WFH such as office chairs, monitors, laptop risers and keyboards. We’ll let you know how you can request these during your induction.

Stay active

If you’re WFH you will likely be less active than if you were working in an office due to simple things, for example not having to walk to the morning bus. Therefore it’s important to stay active and continue exercising, perhaps by going for a lunchtime run or joining your local gym. Staying active gives you fresh air and can help refresh your mind which is important when working in an indoor environment.

Stay connected

You will have access to some great software at CGI which can help you to stay connected with colleagues around you. Tools like Microsoft Teams are great for video conferencing, allowing you to chat and see each other at the same time and we’d definitely recommend using video conferencing where possible to help you connect and network with your work mates.

Take regular breaks

Taking regular breaks from the computer screen is important. In an office, you would naturally be getting up regularly to go into meeting rooms, walk to our coffee pods or heading down to the canteen! Schedule in regular breaks to walk around the garden, make yourself a cup of tea and eat lunch away from your laptop to ensure you get regular breaks.

Keep a routine

You naturally have a routine when working in an office, as you need to wake up at a certain time, travel to work and leave at a certain time to get home for tea for example. Whilst WFH, it’s often harder to keep this routine. Consider swapping your daily commute with a walk around your local area, for example a 30 minute walk before logging on and a 30 minute walk after logging off to help you keep a routine. This also helps to psychologically separate work time from downtime.