Communicate with others
Communicating with your managers and co-workers is vital, not only to efficiently work but also for social wellbeing. Be sure to have weekly catchups and discuss your work progress, or lack of, to ensure you aren’t over or under worked. While working from home it can be harder for superiors to oversee engineers and check if they are overwhelmed or struggling; they will appreciate your transparency and cooperation.
For the social aspect, don’t be afraid to message your co-workers and have casual conversation – it’s nothing you wouldn’t do in the office! If you are struggling with aspects of working from home, they may be too and you can help each other.
Prepare for technical issues
Many engineering roles and processes require specialist programmes, access to secure files and licenced applications, all of which may be restricted while working from home. With so many engineers using VPNs and bombarding the system, things will undoubtedly get tricky at times. Similarly, protected files aren’t always easily accessible when working from home; even remote engineers have to occasionally pop by an office to access or download software and files.
When technical issues do arise when working from home, report them to the IT team and communicate with others. While frustrating and a hindrance to engineers, technical issues can and do occur, but they are also resolved, so may just require some patience and expertise. If there is time before working from home, it can be useful to download what you can or access hard drives to aid your transition from the office, however, be sure to check the rules and privacy.