Many faculty and staff have coordinated remote work arrangements as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency. This may be a new concept for some and will require adjustment for all. Transitioning to working from home will have its challenges, but faculty and staff can successfully remain efficient and engaged, while also continuing to care for themselves and their families.
- create a dedicated work space: Of course, a home office is ideal, but if you’re not in a position to secure an entire room, carve out space somewhere in your home designated only for work. Try to have a desk or table and a chair that is dedicated to you performing your job and eliminate any unnecessary clutter.
- maintain regular hours: Set a schedule, and stick to it..the best that you can. It is important to maintain work-life balance and having a clear guideline for when to work and when to call it a day.
- stay motivated: One of the best ways to keep motivated is to set a schedule. Give yourself a routine, set daily goals and prioritize your daily duties. You can also look for training opportunities to further your professional development.
- stay connected to colleagues: It is important not to lose connection with your team. Tools such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom can keep you and your team connected and informed, as to not lose cohesiveness or lack of progress on progress.
- take a “water cooler” break: There may be some feelings of loneliness and disconnect, try to take some time to interact and socialize with your colleagues outside of all work talk. Have a quick chat via text, email, FaceTime, or Teams about something fun and exciting.
- work visibly: Increasing your visibility can help maintain stronger relationships with your virtual team and colleagues and you will be better able to stay in the loop. Speaking up and contributing during remote meetings helps your presence be felt and let’s everyone know you are engaged.
- be available: Answer emails, phone calls, Teams chat and texts in a timely, friendly manner—remember, when you work remotely, no one can see your facial expression or hear the tone of your voice…so be considerate with your communication. Everyone is doing their best!
- be positive: Don’t be too hard on yourself, working from home can be a big transition especially during these times. Any transition takes time to get used to, so stay positive and try to be easy on yourself.
- take breaks: Try to schedule in breaks for yourself throughout the day, set your alarm or mark it on your calendar. Don’t short-change yourself, it is important to take some time and step away from your .
- build physical activity into your day: As you take breaks, try and do some stretches or take a walk. Build movement into your everyday. You can even simply stand up while working.