Employee Engagement

Working From Home (WFH) Tips to Share With Your Remote Employees in the Face of COVID-19

By Bob Birdsong

Since none of us can be certain how long we'll be working from home thanks to COVID-19, we’re assuming this work from home thing could be our new normal.

Many employers and employees have been thrust into working from home and remote work for the first time. Ideally, companies plan, put security practices in place, and prep employees for these experiences. Employees, in turn, have time to set up offices, reconfigure schedules, and mentally prep. That hasn't been the case for most. Many have had to figure things out on the fly.

While not a comprehensive list, here are a few smart ways to ease employees into the work from home experience.

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9 Tips for Remote Employees Working From Home

1. Set boundaries.

Set a start time and an end time. This could mirror your regular work day or not. The benefit of WFH is that you get to decide your schedule. And create a “work zone” for yourself. If you don’t set boundaries now, distractions will rule the day. Turn off your phone, don’t answer the door, and save chores for later.

2. Communicate regularly with key team members.

Try to batch questions in emails or phone calls or set up regularly scheduled meeting times to make sure no one is blocked or stuck. But be weary of software like Slack or email. While it makes sense to have them open all the time, they can quickly reduce deep work and get you off task.

3. Get the right music.

Check out this playlist based on recommendations from WFH regulars.

4. Employer Security

Multifactor authentication or two-factor authentication is a great safeguard against hackers who constantly scan networks for weaknesses. Regular passwords aren’t enough.

5. Employee Security

Make sure your wi-fi is secured when dealing with sensitive information. Use a VPN or WPA password. And don’t use your work computer for personal reasons (and vice versa).

6. Be (more) human.

People will dress differently. Their kids might burst into the room. A dog might start barking. People may take longer to understand complexities than when they’re in the same room as you. Remember that everyone is adjusting to a new norm and be patient.

7. Go for a walk.

Depending on your home life, it can be easy to work more hours when working from home. Boundaries will help. But make sure you get up and move your body from time to time. Schedule a walk, get some fresh air, and clear your head.

8. Put on work clothes.

This one is pretty self explanatory, but PJs will make you want to laze around all day. Don’t do that.

9. Connect with others — virtually.

Yeah, we’re in the business of helping people with their virtual event promotions, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t remind you to connect. These are tough times. Reaching out to friends and family is more important than ever, so take a break, pick up the phone, and call your mom (Grandma’s a good choice too).

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