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Home-working: Journalists offer top tips on music, dress code – and when to start drinking

Dave HannantA journalist with previous experience of working from home has produced a light-hearted guide for those adjusting to the concept after the coronavirus outbreak.

Many working in the regional press have found themselves working remotely for the first time due to the outbreak, along with people working in a variety of different industries.

But the change of workplace is nothing new for Eastern Daily Press reporter David Hannant, who previously held a home-based job before joining the Norwich daily’s owner Archant almost five years ago.

In a first-person piece, he has offered advice to those on his patch finding the experience unfamiliar.

Top tips from David, pictured, include playing music to aid concentration and wearing comfortable clothing.

He wrote: “It is clear that working from home is challenging and new for many of us – however, like anything, the most important thing is to let to pros outweigh the cons and keep reminding yourselves of why we are doing it.

“Clearly we are living in uncertain and challenging times, but looking at the bigger picture it is not worth putting the health and wellbeing of yourselves and others at risk by forcing yourself to go into the office.

“Yes it can be lonely and having face-to-face human interaction is always preferable, but it has its benefits too so chuck on your PJs, stick on some music and crack on.”

Others adapting to new temporary workspaces include Birmingham Post business journalist Tamlyn Jones, who posted a picture on Twitter of his laptop perched atop an ironing board.

Tamlyn, a former HTFP journalist, wrote: “Day one update: If, like me, you aren’t lucky enough to have a full office set up at home, may I suggest using your ironing board as an alternative desk for when your rib cage and stomach have finally been crushed together by hunching over a crappy coffee table for six hours straight?”

Earlier yesterday, Tamlyn had asked tongue-in-cheek about the “rules” of working from home, including: “What time is considered acceptable to start drinking?”

In reply, Reach plc Midlands editor-in-chief Marc Reeves joked: “Depends what breakfast lager selection you have in.”

Finally, former Brecon & Radnor Express editor Patrick Edwards shared the below:

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  • March 20, 2020 at 11:52 am

    I did a light-hearted (and slightly fictitious) guide to my first day of home working due to coronavirus which you can find under my Twitter handle @watch_journo

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