Covid-19 seems to be dictating the rate of change of business right now and I’m like many of you are working from home. I’ve actually worked from home for twenty or so years, so thought I would share some of my learnings.
For many people working in a virtual team can be difficult as we like the sociability of going into an office, but there are things we can do to replicate that even when we are in self-isolation.
Here are some of my tips:
- Get your own workspace, in a spare bedroom, but somewhere were you can shut the door. Work is work time.
- Get into a routine – Arrive at you desk the same time you would arrive at your desk at work. I have friends that still dress for work and even go for a walk around the block as part of a morning commute. This can clear the head.
- Take breaks. Just because you are at work, does not mean you shouldn’t get up and make a cup of tea.
- I always try and have a break at lunch time. Often this helps to clear the head and helps you think.
- Try not to snack, it’s too easy sometimes to go to the fridge and eat something.
- It’s time to make sure your broadband is up to the job. In many cases the broadband for email doesn’t need to be that fast, it’s when you share attachments or use conference calls.
- Get some conference calling software, many companies will provide software such as RingCentral otherwise Zoom will give you a free product which is restricted to 40 minutes. Not sure about you, but a 30 minute discipline on calls and 10 minutes for an over run isn’t a bad discipline.
- One of the things people miss is a sense of community, you can use a free version of Slack to enable people to collaborate. RingCentral also have glip. It’s like a multi-user WhatsApp group. We run out business on Slack, rather than email.
- Set up a buddy mechanism where you team up and agree to call each other. This isn’t manager to individual collaborator, this is team member to team member. Also open a channel on Slack to motivate each other.
- And finally, let’s not forget that with all of this non-travel this is good for the environment.
- And finally, don’t forget this is a great time to bring your Linkedin profile up-to-date, to think of it as buyer centric (what would attract your buyer, not you selling) to grow your network. Connect to everybody in your team, your company, your prospects, your customers. And also why don’t you write a 300 word blog? One idea and share it.
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