March 24, 2020 2 min read
There’s no “right” way to work through a pandemic. Whether we wanted to or not, many of us now find ourselves as part of a virtual workforce in this era of “social distancing”.
Working remotely presents new challenges for staying productive, connected, and engaged. Here are 5 tips for working from home:
Working from home may mean you can be more flexible. You may think you can wake up late and start work at 11 am because you can do whatever you want. You may also think that working from home means you should be online 24/7. It's not. Turn off notifications outside of the working hours.
Working in your PJs may sound great, but forcing yourself to get showered and dressed in your work clothes keep you from feeling you're on vacation. Getting dressed for work sets the tone for your day. Keeping a routine helps us maintain a sense of control and degree of normality in times when we are feeling a lack of control
Face-to-face interactions are important for ensuring everyone is engaged, and also help to build relationships. Plus, it is a good chance to show the "real" you - like letting your pets steal the spotlight, or your kids waving to the camera. Showing your personal life can foster deeper connections with coworkers.
Working from home can be isolating. It's a great idea to set up groups or channels that are dedicated to fun stuff. If you’re missing the socialization over lunch, consider scheduling a 30 minute virtual lunch break with your colleagues for human interaction.
Find a place where you can easily work, ideally away from the bedroom. This could be your dining room, kitchen, living room, or backyard. As long as it can remain set-up for the duration of your WFM period, it is all good.
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