COVID-19 has had an immediate impact on how all of us live and work. As we adjust to new standards for ensuring our own health, as well as the health of our personal and professional community, working virtually, or ‘Working from Home’ (WFH), has become a critical element for maximizing our business opportunities while minimizing our exposure risk.
Did you know that approximately half of CSI’s staff are dispersed throughout the country and work virtually every day? Yep! Many of us are used to remote work.
For those professionals who are new to WFH, or even those experienced pros who may be adjusting to all the new faces showing up in their video feeds, we wanted to provide our top 10 tips for WFH success.
Enjoy, and take care of yourself!
1. Set a schedule
Begin and end your day at a specific time—much like you would a regular office schedule.
Establish a morning routine. Take a shower and get dressed, go for a walk or drive as your ‘commute.’ Do not work in your pajamas!
Take normal breaks (including lunch). Without office interruptions, WFH can lead to working nonstop. It is easy to get in the zone and not move for eight to 10 hours, so keep your energy high with mini-breaks to mimic office breaks.
End your day. When you leave your ‘office’ be 100 percent at home, many people do not realize how much harder it is to leave work when you WFH.
2. Create your ‘office’
As much as you are able during this time, find a dedicated workspace. That space is not your couch and TVs are not part of your office.
3. Video is important. Save yourself time!
93 percent of communication is non-verbal. Using video lets you see your colleagues in real-time, while creating more of a community environment.
Use video for regular and pop-up meetings—it allows you to be more effective and creates quicker opportunities for collaboration because you see body language and facial expressions.
If your organization does not already offer a platform, there are a variety of tools including Zoom, Google Meet, Whereby, GoToMeeting you can easily implement.