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Working From Home Remotely

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Working from home remotely may be a necessity rather than a choice right now, and it may be an unfamiliar experience for employees at small and midsize businesses – but you can make it work.

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Here are some tips I found online to help with working from home remotely:

  1. Keep defined work hours and communicate them to your work team, as well as your household. For instance, I keep hours of 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. to sync with my team in Texas, who are two hours ahead. I am at my desk and ready to go by 6:00, so I can maintain alignment with their work schedule. But do not forget to consider that the stress of long hours can weaken your immune system – something you really do not want to happen right now, so be mindful of how long you are working.
  2. Give your children defined “education hours” if they are at home right now. Provide a place for them to do their learning, as best you can. Let them learn to be somewhat self-sufficient during your work hours, as their maturity levels allow.
  3. Dress for success. Do not come to virtual work in your pajamas. Dress as if you were heading in to the office. This is a mental preparation, and your mindset paves the way to a successful day.
  4. Define a work area separate from your other living spaces, if possible. Make sure everyone in the household understands that it is a different zone and respects it as such.
  5. Protect your eyesight. If you have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse at home, connect those to your laptop or docking station. Laptop screens are too small for most of us, as are their keyboards and track-pads. If you can afford to do so, connect two monitors side by side. I frequently have one for open projects and another for tracking email and video conferencing, which greatly aids productivity.
  6. Let your colleagues know where you are. If you are away from your desk for an errand or the like, let your manager and reports know. For instance, if someone is looking for you and reaches out to your manager when they can’t reach you, your manager will likely feel a lot more comfortable if he or she knows that you are away and can communicate when they can expect you to return. Plus, it gives your colleagues the feeling that you are engaged and working efficiently. Trust me here.
  7. Stand up, stretch and move around and every now and then.
  8. Be ready to ditch a poorly performing Internet Service Provider. Your network needs to be able to support your remote work needs reliably and with sufficient upstream and downstream bandwidth. Do not get stuck with poor service.
  9. Use only company-approved instant messaging and virtual conferencing applications with co-workers. If you are unsure, ask your IT support.
  10. Eat. Do not forget to feed yourself. Your brain (and your stomach) will thank you.

I hope these ideas help you as you find yourself working from home remotely. Do not forget – Frankenstein Computers can help you stay connected and we are always ready to lend a helping hand in this difficult business environment, so just let us know how we can help you.

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