Tips for employees working from home

Your agency will determine which employees can work from home.

It will depend on the following:

  • requirements of the job
  • available support.

You must discuss work from home options with your manager or relevant human resource services area.

Before you start working from home, share your contact details with your manager and team.

Find out more about tips for staying in touch with a virtual team.

If you have never worked from before, there are a few things you need to know.

If you are unable to set up an office space at home, talk with your manager about other options.

You should treat working from home like you would a normal day at the office.

Set up a dedicated space in your home to work, away from distractions and with adequate lighting.

This will make it easier to switch in and out of work mode.

Complete the home checklist self-assessment in the work from home agreement:

Create boundaries in your home so others know that you are at work. For example a closed door or an open laptop.

To find out more about working from home, go to the NT Worksafe website.

To get help with making sure your work station is ergonomic, go to Recovre website and search for 'office ergonomics'.

You need to be organised. If small trinkets, plants and pictures distract you, move them out of sight.

Consider what stationery you will need.

You must be able to access your work emails.

You can do this by setting up any of the below:

  • Virtual private network (VPN)
  • Virtual Desktop (VDI)
  • Webmail or mobile device management (MDM) via mobile.

You must chose how you will connect and arrange before you leave the office.

If you do not have VPN access, ask your supervisor to provide the necessary documents via work email.

You can also find this information on NTG Central under NTG Tools & Services > ICT records management.

You should have the contact details for the NTG Service Desk.

Your access to support may be affected due to limited availability government resources and/or connectivity issues. If this happens, tell your manager as soon as possible.

If you need ICT support, go to NTG Central.

You need to know what is expected of you working from home.

You can create an action plan with your manager that includes:

  • tasks
  • deadlines
  • timeframes.

You must stay in regular contact with your manager. They will provide guidance and support to you.

Find out more about how to work successfully from home on the LinkedIn Learning website.

You need to stay motivated and productive in the current changing environment.

You may find the increased freedom of working from home is demotivating.

Quiet can be good for productivity, but it can become too easy to lose focus or burn out.

Read below for tips to stay motivated when working from home.

Set a schedule

You should keep a consistent work schedule.

This will allow you to stay focused and manage your priorities.

Plan each afternoon what you will do the next day. Create reminders in your calendar to keep you on track.

Commit to doing more

Instead of estimating how much time you will spend on one task, overestimate tasks you will complete in the day.

Take a break

You should take small breaks from the computer every half an hour. Stand up at least once every hour.

Dress for work

Get ready as you usually would. You feel refreshed, awake and ready for the day.

This will also come in handy if you answer a video call.

Video conference

Using video conferencing can help you feel less isolated.

You will feel more involved with the team.

The LinkedIn Learning website provide courses to help with working remotely.

Go there to find out about:

Team contact

You may feel feel cut off from the rest of the team and business objectives.

Keep connected with your manager or team by doing any of the following regularly:

  • phone calls
  • Skype
  • email.

Use these to replace your normal face-to-face meetings.

You can start the day by sending a virtual 'good morning' to your team using Skype group chat.

Send a 'goodbye' to let everyone know you have finished work.

Get the basics to meet virtually on the LinkedIn Learning website. Find out how to connect successfully with:

Having a professional learning plan helps you and your manager:

  • focus on building and improving your performance
  • identify your skill gaps
  • identify your capabilities
  • develop your career.

Use your agencies professional learning tool. Speak to your manager or HR team.

You must have regular conversations with your manager to discus:

  • your development needs
  • opportunities to develop.

If you don’t have a current performance plan in place, talk to your manager.

You can go to NTG Central and search for:

  • development action plan
  • NT public sector capability leadership framework (CLF).

Find out how to be resourceful on the Linkedin Learning website.

For more information

You can contact DCDD Workforce Services team or speak to your manager.

Last updated: 28 September 2022

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