events surrounding COVID-19 are causing many offices to close and many workers
to work remotely. It’s possible this new
set up will be with us for an extended period, as is appropriate based on
public health official recommendations or requirements.
disruption to daily life related to the COVID-19 outbreak may cause pressure on
you and your home life. Many companies are working to support their staff
during this transition, and as a worker, it’s important that you to maintain
open lines of communication, problem-solve proactively and continue performing
your work as best you can under the circumstances.
are some tips to help you stay productive and happy as you transition to remote
Organize Your Work
from Home Setup
Be intentional about where you
choose to work. Invest time in selecting a space where you
will be as free from distraction as possible; optimize for focus. If you must
work in a crowded home, consider visual indicators that will allow others to
easily know when you’re available and when you are not.
Arrange childcare to ensure that you can be
productive during working hours or work with your manager to arrange a work
schedule that supports the needs of your team and your family’s needs. In particular, if your regular childcare
arrangements (school, daycare, babysitter) are not available, communicate
proactively with your manager and team about your availability and work with
your manager and team to make sure that your team’s goals are met.
Check in regularly and take breaks. Check in with your manager/team
regularly to ensure they are doing ok; remind them (and yourself) to work in a
way that is kind to your body and mind - don’t spend all day hunched over a
stool at the kitchen counter - take regular, brief breaks and stretch.
Keep the momentum going. Even if your office is closed for
a period of time, it’s important that you keep that momentum going and continue
supporting the needs of the business.
Keep your routine. It will be important to
replicate as many aspects of your office routine at home. This includes
organizing your work space, allocating blocks of time to working on projects,
meetings and even taking breaks.
Plan your schedule. Make
your last priority each day to plan for tomorrow. Each evening, take at least ten
minutes to plan your schedule for the next day. Nightly planning WILL CHANGE
YOUR LIFE. Spend time identifying your
most important priorities and block time for what you'll complete the next day.
High expectations. All of us are expected to
maintain a high level of performance and effective communication. Remember that if you’re working from home,
you’ll be saving commuting time.
Leverage video. Whenever possible, use video conferencing
instead of audio - it makes a big difference in creating dynamic, engaged
Overcommunicate. Many of us will be cut off from
in-person information flows we have grown used to through office interactions,
so we’ll need to make time to communicate even more - create more touchpoints
with your manager/team; track your progress visibly for your manager; pass on
information you learn from other teams, etc.
Manage Your Pings, Rings and Dings. You may find yourself more
distracted by while working from home, especially if you are trying to keep up
on the latest news. Turn off your audible and visual notifications from social
media and news sites. This allows you to be proactive vs. reactive and consume
the content you want when you want it.