All in the family: how to take work to your home without harming your family

We would be glad if this text consisted of just one sentence: “Do not take work home at all”, but sometimes the circumstances are stronger, this answer is impossible. We tell you what to do if your husband, children, cat and a huge analytical report, which needs to be completed on Saturday and Sunday, are at home.

Make a schedule

Not only work affairs, but also ordinary household activities. For example, from 19 to 20 you are working on a report, and from 20 to 21 you are watching a series with your daughter alone. Clearly delineated time boundaries, firstly, will help not to be distracted during work (for example, on social networks), secondly, not to find yourself sitting in front of a laptop with red eyes at midnight, and thirdly, family members will not feel that you forgot about them.

Set up your workplace

Even if you rarely work from home, a corner where you will not interfere with your household, and they will not interfere with you, is a must. Buy a comfortable chair, do not skimp on it: you are unlikely to tear off the irritation from a numb back on a new design project – most likely, it will get to your loved ones, and they certainly did not deserve it. If possible, put the desktop so that natural light falls on it – it is clear that now this is not relevant, especially if you work in the evening, but believe me, on some spring Saturday you will definitely appreciate the proximity of the workplace to the window.

Buy a desk lamp with a switchable color spectrum: Cold or white lighting promotes the production of cortisol, or stress hormone, and is therefore better suited for focused work than warm light. Under yellow light, melatonin, or the sleep hormone, is released, which helps to relax – such light is suitable, for example, for reading.

Create a working mood

If you know that you have to work on the weekend, then change your home clothes for casual: the one in which you could appear in the office. Of course, you don’t have to wear a pencil skirt and white shirt to go from the bedroom to the living room – to the computer, but jeans and a sweater will do just fine. Unlike, for example, pajamas, which does not contribute to the working mood in any way.

Remove all unnecessary from the desktop (or the place that is currently replacing it), ask your family to do the same. There should be nothing on the table that does not relate to work – a computer, folders with documents, a phone. No food, books or children’s toys – don’t get distracted, finish faster.

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Dedicate the family to the details

Working from home is often viewed with prejudice – especially by those who are used to working only in the office. It seems to them that it is impossible to do serious business, sitting at home on the couch. Tell your husband and adult children about how much one hour of your working time costs: information about what you earned in this hour, for example, 3000 rubles, is much easier to process than the one that you can write a PR strategy in your kitchen – and it will be no less serious than in open space.

Indicate the limit

Sometimes a side job is very necessary and useful. Sometimes, but not always, this is important. You shouldn’t spend all evenings or both weekends on “homework” – you won’t earn all the money, for the sake of them you should definitely not forget about going to the movies with your husband, talking with friends, lessons with children (even if they are able to do them themselves!) … Set your minimum, say two nights a week, and stick to it.

Tips for recruiters not written in books

What needs to be done by the recruitment manager to achieve the maximum effect from his activities, breaking the hiring process into several stages.

“Cadres decide everything” – this is precisely and concisely the importance of human resources for the success of the company and society as a whole.

A properly selected employee at the right workplace is a real success for the employer.

And so that this success was not a matter of chance, but a healthy regularity, the employees responsible for the selection of personnel need to professionally work out each stage of the hiring until the end of the probationary period of a new employee.

The main task of the recruiter here was and remains a quality selection of personnel in the shortest possible time. Moreover, the more professional the recruiter’s work at each of the selection stages, the faster the vacancy closes.

Consider what the selection manager needs to do to achieve the maximum effect from his activities, breaking the hiring process into several stages.

Job posting

The task is to get the response of the right job seekers. What to do? Write an attractive job description. The site has many boring and impersonal vacancies. It is very difficult for the applicant to choose one that suits them, or at least understand what the difference is between them.

Breathe the soul into your vacancy, make it alive. First, introduce yourself, tell us who you are as a company, and what you do, what makes you different from others.

Then proceed to the main description. Provide clear information about what the candidate will do, do not limit yourself to general phrases, but do not go into too much detail.

Add zest to your work environment. It is good to use the company’s EVP, that is, its value proposition for employees. Ask successful colleagues what they like about the company and the job they do. Analyze your target audience. Pay attention to the questions of the candidates that they are most worried about or what they lacked at their previous job to achieve success. For different groups of employees, you will get different accents in the description of both the company itself and the advantages of working in it, and, possibly, different channels for publishing vacancies (work sites, newspapers, announcements at bus stops, etc.).

For example, a sales manager focused on making money on his own, and not on getting a salary, it will be important to have a real opportunity to earn money in your company. This can be provided by several factors. Find them in the company. For example, a light product, that is, the presence of its properties that will allow it to be sold quickly (price, quality, demand, uniqueness and much more); image of the company (honesty with customers, lack of malfunctioning programs and delivery of goods); loyal, flexible management for both customers and employees, and so on.

Remember that a vacancy is not the ultimate truth. A vacancy can and should be changed periodically, and analyze the response received in search of its most profitable presentation. And if “not those” respond to you, then the description is “not that”.

The ideal situation is when you are not engaged in resizing, but simply select the responding applicants and close the vacancy with the best of them. In such circumstances, the HR manager has time for professional development and growth in other HR areas.

Staff search

If you are collecting feedback on vacancies or studying resume databases, no one forbids you to contact those who may be familiar with the job seekers you are looking for. This may be former or current employees of those enterprises that are of interest to you, or specialists for whom a job search is currently not relevant. Feel free to write to those who can tell your friends and acquaintances about your vacancy or tell you the contact details of someone who might be of interest.

Be grateful to those who post the names, phone numbers and addresses of their employees on corporate sites. Calling and writing to “open” addresses is not worth it, but no one bothers to find the personal data of potential applicants in other sources.

Try to ask Google for help – the email addresses, names, phrases of the resume and company names entered in the search box sometimes give the most unexpected results that may be useful to you in your search.

Having received useful information from one source, do not stop there. If you received an interesting resume on, it is worth looking for information about the applicant in social networks. Perhaps you will find a lot of interesting things in his contacts.

Feel free to ask your colleagues for help. It can be easy for colleagues to find in the database data from a resume that interests you or, using a simple legend, to get the contacts you need.

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