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Let’s be honest, we’re not always super motivated to work from home all day long. What’s the best thing to do when you lose motivation while working from home? This article has the answer to that question!

Lack of motivation can lead to you being less concentrated and may make your job feel less enjoyable. Having a day with low motivation is of course normal, but the key is to ensure that this feeling only lasts for a short time and doesn’t persist!

Firstly, it’s useful to understand motivation. We’ve previously written an article about this. Take a look and find out what motivation is, what types there are, and how it works. Once you know all of this, it’s time to apply it to your work-from-home day!

Motivation: this is it and this is how it works!

Get your motivation back on track

Okay, motivation is temporarily gone, but it’s time to push forward. How do you do that? Well, like this! Here are some tips you can apply before, during, and after a work-from-home day.

Do this before your work-from-home day begins

Activate your happiness hormone

Write down what you want to achieve this week and then think about what you need to do each day to accomplish that. Create a daily to-do list that helps you achieve your goal(s) by the end of the week! Every time you check something off your to-do list, the happiness hormone dopamine is released in your brain.

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Tips for during work

Together you are stronger! Help each other keep the work fun by, for example, sharing a photo of everyone’s home workspace and outfit, working together via Teams, or having a virtual coffee break for more interaction and connection with your colleagues.

Finally, what do you do after work?

Reflect and adjust

At the end of your work-from-home day, take some time to look back at what you’ve done. Have you achieved your daily goals? Was the way you worked effective, or could it be improved? Based on that, you can decide whether you’ll approach tomorrow in the same way or if you’ll do something a bit different.

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Hopefully, these tips will help you feel more motivated to work on a work-from-home day. Curious about what else you can do? Keep scrolling!

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Start your work-from-home day strong

A morning routine is essential for starting your day off right. With a good breakfast and some exercise, you begin your day productively, setting the tone for the rest of the day! Therefore, develop a good morning routine.

Read here how to do it

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Boost your energy

Sitting all day isn’t very motivating, so take a break to stand up and stretch. This can give you a new dose of energy in just one minute!

Watch the video

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Add some music

Music can release dopamine in the brain, which can be very motivating. Make sure you can still concentrate while listening to music. For many people, the background music below works well!

Listen to the background music here

Hopefully, these tips and tools will help you maintain your motivation while working from home. This way, you’re building discipline and you’ll notice that you’re staying more motivated!

Imagine: a pleasant workplace where everyone treats each other with respect. Unfortunately, this is not always the case due to bullying behavior. This article aims to raise awareness and take steps together towards a work environment free from bullying. Discover how you, along with your colleagues, can make a positive change and enjoy going to work again!

What constitutes bullying?

When we talk about bullying in the workplace, we refer to unwanted behavior aimed at hurting a colleague. This behavior can range from verbal abuse and gossip to excluding colleagues. Bullying often takes more subtle forms, such as sarcastic remarks, condescending jokes, or ignoring someone.

In 2017, over half a million employees were victims of bullying, with 80,000 experiencing it regularly.

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11% of those bullied dare not speak up due to fear of losing their job.

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Only 16% of colleagues stand up for the victim, even if they are not directly involved.

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What to do if you are being bullied?

If you are a victim of bullying, it’s important to know that you are not alone and there are steps you can take to protect yourself.

Everyone is worse off in a company culture where bullying occurs.

What can you do as a witness?

As a witness to workplace bullying, it’s important to take responsibility and act in the interest of a respectful and healthy work environment.

Take the smallest things seriously

Did you hear a joke that didn’t sit well? Or do you see someone on your team being teased? Discuss it with each other. By taking small things seriously, you can prevent them from escalating.

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Talk to those involved

If you feel comfortable, talk to those involved and let them know that their behavior is perceived as bullying. Sometimes, people are not aware of the impact of their actions.

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Report bullying

If you witness bullying against a colleague, encourage that person to report it to the designated person within the company.

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Creating a safe and supportive work environment is not only in the interest of the employees but also the organization as a whole. By increasing awareness, taking preventive measures, and promptly addressing bullying, this will contribute to a more positive and productive work culture.

Scroll for helpful tools!

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For when you don’t know where to start

Read more about addressing workplace bullying and building a foundation of respect through meaningful dialogue.

Read the guide here

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Talk about it

Engage in a conversation about bullying with these scripts.

See the scripts here

Working from home, that sounds pretty good, right? Unfortunately, there are also some disadvantages that can blur the line between work and personal life or lead to faster distractions. How do you deal with them to make your work-from-home day a productive one? Find out in this article.

Advantages

Working from home has many benefits, some of which you can find below. These will make your work-from-home day much easier!

Goodbye morning and evening rush!

When you work from home, you don’t have to commute to your workplace. This saves time, costs, and stress.

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Two birds with one stone

During your breaks, you can take care of small household tasks, like doing the laundry or loading the dishwasher. Super convenient, when you don’t have to do it after work!

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Just as relaxed

On work-from-home days, you probably don’t have to adhere to strict dress codes. Wear whatever you feel like, because no one cares anyway!

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Disadvantages

Working from home also has disadvantages, some of which are mentioned below. Which ones do you relate to?

Limited social contact

If you often work from home, you’ll have less social contact with colleagues. This might make you feel lonely or result in communication issues with your colleagues, making collaboration more challenging.

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Where's the balance?

Working from home makes it harder to keep work and personal life separate, because you work in your private space and are more easily confronted with work-related matters outside of working hours.

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Distractions

You get easily distracted because you’re in an environment initially not designed for work, or because housemates, family members, or pets won’t leave you in peace.

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How to improve your work-from-home day?

Here are some tips that can help you enhance your work-from-home day, maintain the work-life balance, minimize distractions, and keep sufficient contact with your colleagues.

More tips

Scroll down for tools that you can use to make your work-from-home day a successful one!

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Reduce your screen time

With the Forest app, you plant a tree that prevents you from using your phone. This way, you’re less tempted to pick up your phone, allowing you to work with more focus!

Download the app

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Fewer notifications

How do you turn off notifications or choose to receive notifications only from specific people? The videos below explain!

Click here for Android

Click here for Apple

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Make the most of your break

Do you ever work through your break? This isn’t productive; it’s essential to take breaks! This video shows what you can do to have a productive break.

Watch the video

Hopefully, these insights and tips will make working from home easier. Happy working from home!

Did you know that good communication with your colleagues is important for a pleasant work atmosphere? From superficial, simple questions to challenging, deeper ones: in this article, you’ll find inspiration for conversation starters to get to know your colleagues better.

Whether you’re new to a team, have a new colleague, or have been working together for a while, there’s always room to get to know each other better. In addition to making conversations enjoyable, engaging in discussions also fosters respect and trust. The perfect formula for a positive atmosphere in the workplace!

Time to start the conversation

Here are some conversation starters on various topics to draw inspiration from! Keep it light or dive into a deeper conversation with your colleague.

  1. What is your favorite movie or series and why?
  2. What are you passionate about?
  3. What’s still on your bucket list?

What questions will you ask your colleagues? Scroll down for more inspiration on getting to know your colleagues in other fun ways.

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Dilemma Tuesday

Not only questions are fun, but dilemmas are too. These can lead to interesting discussions or funny stories. Join Dilemma Tuesday on Instagram and tackle a dilemma with your colleagues every week.

Weekly dilemmas

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Not just talking, but doing!

Go beyond just talking and do something fun with your colleagues. Click the link below for ideas on activities you can enjoy together. From games to outdoor activities, the options are endless.

Click here for fun ideas

And now, we'd like to get to know you better!


Did you know that colors can evoke certain associations or feelings in you? Give your workspace a smart makeover with colors. Firstly, because it can unconsciously help you, and secondly, because it looks great! Read all about it in this article.

Have you ever heard of color psychology? This means that colors can have effects on your feelings and behaviors. When you see a certain color, various things happen in your brain. For example, green might give you motivation, while red might demotivate you. Various studies have shown that different colors can evoke different emotions. With this overview, you can make informed choices when reorganizing your workspace. Choose your colors wisely!

Colors: What do they mean?

Yellow

  • Good mood
  • Spontaneity
  • Creativity

Yellow seems to increase concentration and works well against gloomy moods. Therefore it’s a very positive color to have in your workspace!

Orange

  • Energy
  • Adventurousness
  • Optimism

Orange seems to help against depression or loss of appetite. It promotes a better mood and better eating behavior, making orange a positive color.

Red

  • Power
  • Love
  • Anger

Red goes in different directions. It is an alarming color, as it is one of the strongest warning colors. For this reason, using it extensively in the workspace may not be very calming.

Pink

  • Love
  • Sensitivity
  • Tenderness

Pink is seen as a feminine color, conveying innocence and purity. It’s a relatively soft and subtle color, which can be beautiful in your workspace.

Purple

  • Luxury
  • Fantasy
  • Ambition

It has a calming effect and, like yellow, enhances concentration. This makes purple a color with positive influence.

Blue

  • Well-being
  • Reliability
  • Empathy

Blue is the most popular color for both men and women. It also evokes professionalism, which can unconsciously have a positive impact on your work performance.

Green

  • Health
  • Motivation
  • Persistence

Green is relaxing and calming, and it is associated with prosperity and safety. This makes green a positive color. Consider placing a nice plant on your desk!

Black

  • Insecurity
  • Power
  • Elegance

With this color, you see that it can go in multiple directions. For one person, it may bring bad luck, while for another person, it’s a calming and sleek color.

White

  • Purity
  • Truth
  • Peace

This light color is seen as a new beginning. It is calm and sleek, perfect for interior or wall color. A white setup is refreshing, helping you think clearly and boosting your energy!

Which color will you choose?

Consider your personal preferences and which color may unconsciously evoke the most positive feelings for you. Once you’ve chosen your color palette, it’s time to decorate your workspace with it. Scroll down for more practical tips and then get back to work. Let the colors work their magic unconsciously!

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Assistance in choosing the specific color

There are, of course, numerous colors, making it challenging to choose. Still undecided? Use the website below and search for words that describe the atmosphere you want.

Find the perfect color

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Get inspired

Have you chosen your colors but are not sure how to exactly arrange your workspace? Pinterest offers many examples that can give you a better idea.

View workspace setups on Pinterest

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How will it look?

If you’re going for a major makeover and including the walls, it might be fun to see what a color does to the space before actually painting it. You can do that with this app from Flexa!

Download the app for Apple

Download the app for Android

Enjoy and good luck with adding color to your workspace!

Work environments are becoming increasingly diverse, making it inevitable that you’ll have to collaborate with colleagues who are quite different from you. Some people might find this challenging, which isn’t conducive to effective teamwork. We’ll explain how you can collaborate with colleagues who have differences to foster a productive work environment.

You’ve probably experienced being paired with someone for a task or project with someone you don’t naturally click with. Sometimes, this lack of “click” can arise from differences in behavior. The art is to gain insight into this and learn to handle it better. This can be achieved through the DISC model.

DISC behavioral styles

How someone behaves depends on the situation they’re in. The DISC model identifies four primary behavioral styles, each associated with a color. These styles can be combined with each other.

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D – Dominance (extraverted and task-oriented). Someone with this style prefers tackling problems and tasks directly and can take charge in doing so.

I – Influence (extraverted and people-oriented). Someone with this style excels at influencing others for personal gain through strong persuasion.

S – Steadiness (introverted and people-oriented). Someone with this style struggles with changes in their environment and prefers maintaining a calm and steady atmosphere.

C – Conscientiousness (introverted and task-oriented). Someone with this style likes organizing people in their environment by establishing and following rules.

Not everyone is just one color; most people are a combination of different colors. For example, you can simultaneously exhibit both Dominance and Steadiness behaviors.

Understanding the different colors and combinations in the DISC model is important for appreciating the diversity of behaviors and personalities among your colleagues, which can lead to improved collaboration. With good insight into this, you can communicate better with your colleagues and appreciate their contributions.

Click here for more information about the DISC model

1. Get to know each other better.

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2. Identify each other's DISC behavioral styles.

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3. Discuss common goals that can be achieved through this collaboration.

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4. Adjust your communication style to match the other person's behavioral style.

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5. Combine everyone's strengths to achieve a successful outcome.

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Hopefully, these insights will help you establish successful collaboration with colleagues who have differences. Together, you can achieve strong results and outcomes. If you’ve found the collaboration positive, it leads to motivation and more enjoyment in your work – in other words, you’ll feel engaged!