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The most depressing day of the year is coming around again – Blue Monday (Monday 20th January). While hardly based on science, the likely contributing factors – the holiday season is well and truly over, the overzealous resolutions may have fallen flat already, payday still feels like miles away, and it is almost certainly cold and grey outside – combine to suggest a gloomy start to the week.
If your legal eagles are feeling the January blues, a day or two of regular remote working may help them to ease gently into spring.
Embracing the benefits of remote working
Shaking off the commuting blues can be hard any day of the week. Trekking to work, cycling in the rain, or driving at a virtual standstill only to struggle to find a parking space… these are just some of the frustrations of the winter commute. But when you work from home, the commute is just from one room to another – so before you’ve even turned on your computer, you should be feeling more positive about the day ahead.
Being able to work from the comfort of your own home can be a welcome gesture of trust, flexibility and support from an employer. For some people, the commute is a frustration, but they love the job so much that they accept it – so a day or two of quiet and focused time at home could help to balance the impact of this work-related stressor.
Sometimes the office just isn’t the most efficient place to achieve certain tasks. Remote working provides your employees with the opportunity to knuckle down and get things done, rather than be distracted by meetings and informal chats. By connecting to your systems remotely, your team can work methodically through their to-do lists and focus on billable client work.
There is a time and a place for being in the office – many meetings are important, and contact time is essential for maintaining morale and a positive working environment. But on a day like Blue Monday, your team may be happiest in the comfort of their own homes.
Using cloud-based computing to connect with your team anytime, anywhere
If you want to nurture your team through the toughest days of the year and motivate them when the new year has lost its shine, it may be time to maximise the potential of your cloud-based practice management software – or to look at upgrading if you need to. Modern technology makes it easier than ever to check in with every aspect of your business using only the power of your internet connection. As long as the internet is up and running, there’s no reason why your team can’t take a day or two out of the office on a regular basis to zone in on their work in peace.
A distraction-free day may be just the ticket if your colleagues are feeling a little blue – and ticking off some key detail-oriented tasks could help to dispel the gloom. Giving people the option to work in the optimal working environment for a given task could lead to significant gains in productivity and employee engagement over time – and hopefully a happier workforce!
DPS Software offers a range of integrated IT and practice management software solutions that your team can connect with from home, making a remote working day just as productive as a day at the office.
To find out more about our range of cloud-based legal software services, contact us today.