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Tips for Working at Home

With everything going on in the world right now due to COVID-19, most of us have started working from home remotely. For some that means the same old same old, but for many can mean something brand new. Below are some tips our employees came up with to help those of you who are new to this as well!

  1. Make sure you have a quiet area that you can be comfortable working in for long periods of time. (i.e. sitting on your couch or in a love seat might eventually take a toll on your back at the end of the day. Use a table or desk if you can. Also, think about safety—make sure your cords are out of the way and that you have plenty of room to work.
  2. Start your morning how you normally would going to work – getting dressed, eating breakfast, making coffee, etc. – this allows you to be mentally and also physically prepared for your day and whatever it may bring.
  3. Avoid distractions – don’t work with the TV on, check social media, loud music, etc. All of these can limit your focus and be a productivity killer.
  4. Take regular breaks outside if able – Because you’re cooped up inside and probably alone, it’s healthy to get up, move around, and grab some fresh air if you can.
  5. Prioritize your day. Since you’re not around your team or your manager, you might have to manage your responsibilities more diligently. Make a list, use a time management app, etc.
  6. Use video chat to connect. This is a great way to check in and see what’s needed to help your team, break the feeling of isolation, and brain storm through any problems you might be having. Some great applications are: Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, Facetime, and Skype.
  7. Assume positive intent. Chat and email can sometimes be misinterpreted as short or rude. Remind yourself not to take emails offensively. Focus on the facts and assume the best.

Feel free to add more tips below!

Written by: Shawn Kinard