Working From Home
An unprecedented work-from-home experiment is taking place in America. Millions of people are working from home where most had never done before, others have worked only for a day or two barely managing to cope.
After weeks of connecting with colleagues and clients remotely maybe it is time to rethink the workplace.
After COVID-19 passes and we return to normal, there is a real possibility that professionals may change their tune on what matters most to them. That’s already the case for many, according to research from the International Workplace Group. Their March 2019 findings showed that 80% of job seekers would choose a job with a flexible work-from-home policy over one that doesn’t offer the same benefit.
Why is it necessary to go to the office five or six days a week? Could we achieve the same results by going in three or two times a week?. Imagine what working from home would look like ie. less commuting times, better for the environment, save money by eating at home, less accidents in bad weather, etc.
We believe it is doable but first you need to have a proper home office. Create a checklist of essentials and find a space to set boundaries. Don’t forget that on average it takes over 23 minutes to get back on track after being interrupted. So it is critical to set boundaries with your family, and to set aside clear working hours for yourself.
Pro tip: If you are a business owner working from home often qualifies you to deduct home-based expenses on your tax return. You can deduct office expenses like a printer, paper, and writing supplies. Additionally, if you use 15% of your home as an office, you can deduct working expenses such as bills, utilities, and insurance.
Video conferencing has been one of the silver linings in these past few months. Most of us have used this technology to stay in touch with family, friends and clients on a daily basis.
We are convinced now that video conferencing will be part of our new normal from now on as it boosts productivity, saves time, reduces travel expenses, and overall promotes collaboration regardless of where you are. Therefore, it's important to share a few tips while on video calls.
Appearance: Make sure you have good lighting, keep the angle at eye-level or slightly higher, and have a professional background. It might be time to take down the “N-Sync or Metallica” poster, anyways.
Pro tip: You can activate a beauty filter on Zoom or change backgrounds.
Etiquette: Be mindful of where you’re looking when you’re lost in thought or talking. Mute yourself when you’re in large meetings, but don’t when you’re in small brainstorms. Call in from a quiet place and keep everything you need close by so you don’t need to leave the screen.
Write talking points and reminders on Post-It notes attached to your screen. Quit out of any apps you won’t be using prior to the meeting.
If you are using a laptop, have a charger plugged in and ready for when your battery gets low. I also like to bring a water bottle and cup of coffee to my meetings.
Feeling confident is the key to look better on video calls. You can create that feeling by being well-prepared. Prepare any material you might need before-hand and be “there” at least 15 minutes before the call. Especially if you are sharing content.
Depending on the importance of the call, you could very well rehearse it with a friend or by recording yourself.
Some of the best video meeting apps for teams you can check out:
For a quick call without the need to share screens or presentations Whatsapp or Apple’s FaceTime are also a great video conference option.