Given what’s currently happening with COVID-19, many
employers suggest mandating that their employees work from home (if able). It
only makes sense. Employers are trying to help employees minimize their social
interactions with others.
But if your organization doesn’t have a work from home
policy in place, it can be a big deal. And many HR pros are having to create
this new normal quickly – and, on the fly.
I’ve mentioned before how, when I was researching becoming a
consultant, I spoke with consultants about the pros and cons of consulting
life. One person said to me that working from home was the biggest challenge
they faced. I heard from several consultants that they went back to corporate
jobs because they were lonely when working at home.
I’ve been working from home for well over a decade now and
love it. But it wasn’t always that way. When I first started, I would get up,
put a suit on, and work because I was so afraid of being distracted. And I was
making myself miserable. One day, I had an intervention with myself and created
some work at home rules which allowed me to stay productive and enjoy the perks
of working at home.
If you’re currently faced with (unexpectedly) working from
home, here are some articles that might help.
Pros and Cons of Working from Home
Working from home may be the top goal of many workers. Here
are several tips and resources discussing the pros and cons of working from
Tips for Successfully Working at Home
For many, working at home is a dream. But there can be a lot
of challenges too. Here are a few tips to help you successfully work from home.
to Listen and Listen Well
We need to listen and listen well, especially when
we’re working remotely. Poor listening impacts our ability to receive
information and this can hurt our concentration levels.
Ways to Better Your Everyday Communication
When we work remotely, our co-workers don’t get the benefit
of seeing us. For effective communication, match the method
to the message. Think about the message you’re trying to
convey, then decide the best way to communicate it.
7 Things Every
Email You Send Should Have
Email becomes a primary communication tool when you’re
working remotely. Here are seven components to sending an effective email that
will get a good response.
The 5 Rules
of Texting Etiquette
Texting is a common form of communication. Here
are 5 common-sense rules to consider when texting. They
include, ask for permission, be brief and more.
I wish I could tell you that there’s a secret formula to
working from home. Unfortunately, it’s a lot of trial and error to determine
what works for you. But if I could offer one suggestion, it would be: try to
mirror your work arrangement.
You don’t have to wear a suit but working in your pajamas
all day might not help you be your most productive. Unless you snack all day at
work, try to follow good nutrition habits. Same goes for watching TV or
listening to podcasts or music while you work. Finally, practice good
ergonomics. Your body will thank you and you’ll get more done.
I know working from home can be challenging. Especially if you didn’t ask to do it. But you can make this work. Let me know if you have any working from home questions and I’ll try to answer them! If you found something that works amazingly well, share them in the comments. It just might be the solution someone else is looking for!
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