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  1. Carol Ebert

    Working from Home: Gift or More Stress

    Have you been relocated from your usual work space to your home turf and still have to do your job? How has that been working for you? I made the transition years ago and at the time it seemed great, but then I realized I missed all my work mates and was really lonely. Plus all the distractions at home affected my productivity. Yes, transitioning from working “at work” to working at home can be a joy and a curse at the same time. So I decided to interview some professionals who are meeting that challenge every day to see how they are managing. Time to pull back the curtain and see what is really going on in their work lives. From a Director of a Family and Children’s Center Tips for Employees: Keep a regular schedule Stay connected with co-workers Stay strong – use self-care strategies Limit contact with others Exercise Go outside Stay informed Limit media consumption Set boundaries for work schedules – it’s easy to work too much Redirect from distractions – like doing laundry Get creative – new ideas always Spring from challenges Tips for Managers: Be honest Communicate how you manage your own mental health and stress levels Practice and commit to healthy working norms Normalize the challenges that come with working virtually Be present and listen actively Reassure employees – they are a value to your business Be transparent in communication Be flexible and accommodating Be as generous as possible Be human From a Rural Programs Coordinator She felt inefficient, unproductive and reactionary Instituted a schedule: Start, stops, break times Even told family “Bye – I’m going to work now.” Created a specific work space Follows a dress code – still has casual Fridays Limits how she interacts with her work space as to not work during personal times (even using a separate phone number) Not overlapping personal tasks with work (ex: laundry during phone calls, etc) From a Human Resource Professional Challenges At home all the time (along with all of my colleagues) No travel for foreseeable future No interaction in-person Major increase in screen time Disruption of regularly scheduled plans/activities/engagement Don’t feel the same pressure to have “immediate” answers SO MANY WEBINARS Some days have more urgency than others The pace from the beginning has changed along with the response time Letting go of our plans to start fresh with new needs Giving space to mourn those losses Things are still really hard. Video meetings ARE really draining, and being on many calls in one day can be too much, It’s difficult to plan for a world when you don’t know what it will look like in a couple of weeks I miss going places and seeing people – it changes my productivity Hearing about the loss and pain from downtowns and businesses is devastating Reminding myself that we’re working during a pandemic and that our behaviors and emotions aren’t business as usual I’ve given myself more flexibility: Go on a walk when the sun comes out Work a longer day and then take time the next day for myself From a Leadership Trainer The Basics: Have a routine with a set schedule: start, stop, breaks, lunch Get dressed for work even if it just means brushing your hair Have a dedicated space for work Have a “Do Not Disturb” rule and make people and animals follow it – hang a sign on your door Get a backup Wi-Fi connection and beef up your home Wi-Fi – a new router, faster service from your provider and a hot spot can save you Work during normal work hours Honor work/life balance - avoid doing work into evening/weekend hours unless that’s normal for you Create a task list for the day and check things off – distractions are many at home and this can help focus Use a time-tracker to check in on yourself – Rescue Time, Toggle, Top Tracker all have free versions that can help keep track of how you spend your day. Understand remote meeting technology – especially what it sees and hears Computer microphones are far more sensitive than you realize and pick up home sounds that don’t seem loud to you Just because you can’t see yourself on the screen doesn’t mean others can’t see you If you share your screen they can also potentially see all of the tabs you have Get out of the house. Sounds simple but easy to forget to do After working from home all day make sure you are presentable when you go somewhere else From a Business Owner Have compassion for yourself - you don’t have to be perfect Combat loneliness Find ways to be connected Work in 1-2 hour bursts then take a break Lock pets away to decrease distraction Rank tasks Complete 3 critical tasks each day Take time for yourself Honor good weather – when the sun is out get outside for a break When you complete a task, celebrate with a break Create rewards for yourself when you compete a task Look for the positives in working from home Play games with yourself and give yourself prizes Schedule self care in your day first Schedule virtual un-meetings as excuses to connect with no work Coffee with friends Play a game Birthday Party Treasure Hunt Happy Hour Hopefully you got some great insights and ideas from these women. I really appreciate their honesty about their work lives at home and how they are adapting to their new reality – for now. Stay tuned as every day seems to bring new challenges during these unusual times. Please share how you are doing.
  2. SchoolNurse91

    Working from Home During COVID-19 Shut Down

    If you’re working from home during the shut down, what are you doing? I don’t have access to e-school (our charting and information program). We have to be “doing our jobs” from home.
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