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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!14