Tens of thousands of new Coronavirus cases across the U.S. and abroad is causing major disruption for organizations. As we see a reduction in travel, and stay at home orders issued state by state to reduce the spread of Covid-19, we have to ask ourselves are we ready to work from a remote location? ‘

Employers are pursuing safe actions for their personnel by restricting travel and employee gatherings while providing remote work opportunities. As of 2019, remote workers in the U.S. work remotely 66% more frequently than the global average, while 16% are fully remote. Fast forward to April 2020, those numbers start to skyrocket amidst the coronavirus pandemic. What we believe is that this will become the new norm as we continue into the latter part of 2020 and 2021.

So what are the basic requirements needed in preparing to work from home moving forward? Below are some basic requirements to make your remote work more effective and efficient:

  • Make sure to have proper hardware (laptop, desktop) to perform essential duties.
  • Have your IT support team download the proper software (citrix, iCIMS, etc.) so you can access the appropriate software.
    • Also utilize other sources of communication such as Google Hangouts, Zoom, etc., can be beneficial if you need to communicate information directly with other co-workers
    • Use shared documents like Google Suite to drop files in that can be shared in real-time.
  • Make sure you have sufficient internet service while using Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection.
  • Make sure your connection is secure by logging in to a virtual private network (VPN)

Now that you have the information needed to have the right connection and setup needed to work remotely, what else can you do to make sure you stay focused and on top of your work?

  • Conduct teleconferences or team video chats to delegate work, discuss issues, and provide updates for progress. Remember trust is a big issues, and showing everyone that you are working just as much as they are is essential to consistent productivity.
  • Build up your transition into and out of work. Wake up like you normally would when making the commute into work, have your cup of coffee or tea, and prepare yourself as you get ready to log on to work.
  • Make defined work hours, and stick to them. If you typically work 8am to 5pm, then try to keep on schedule. We know sometimes we have to work late into the hours, but minimize those efforts and focus on tasks that require your full attention.

Working from home can and will become stressful as you find distractions all around you. The main objective is to stay focused on the tasks at hand and stay engaged with your fellow co-workers, supervisors, etc. to keep your mind in the grove of work.

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