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April, 2020 Edition
Working from Home

Coronavirus has changed the way we do things. For many people, this is the first time they have worked from home. Others, like me, have been doing it for years. Some experts suggest this is a grand experiment that may determine if thousands will begin working from home (commonly known as Telecommuting) in the future. If you are new to Telecommuting, here are a few basic tips.


Set specific work hours. Start work at a set time and be ready to work when that time comes. Take breaks as you would at any job, but keep track of the time. You should also set a time to stop working (I am not very good at this.). We all know the old saying, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." It will probably also make Jack single! Dress for work, you may not need a suit and tie, but pajamas are not ideal if you have to accept a package or answer a video call.


The biggest distraction while working from home are interruptions from friends and family. It can be difficult for those with traditional jobs to understand that you are at work. Let people know your schedule, and be firm when letting them know you are working if they call or drop by.


Establish a workspace. This not only makes it easier to focus, but it can save you the headaches that come with family members getting into your workspace. Our family knows certain areas are off-limits. Teaching (for lack of a better word) your family to quiet down for incoming phone calls can be difficult, especially with younger children. However, it is possible.


Take advantage of connected devices. Use video calls, smartphones, meeting apps, email, texting, and even chat to keep you connected with your office or your customers. Keep in mind that these methods of communication require a very positive tone. Everyone likes messages that get to the point, but brevity may be misunderstood as you being angry or ill-mannered. Proofread messages and check the tone before sending them.


Make your presence known. It is easy for "the office" to forget you exist since they don't see you every day. Clarify deadlines, and let people know you have met them. Repeat important information, and ask for specific instructions so you can avoid doing things over again. Be sure your messages are getting through to co-workers, your boss, and your customers. Electronic messages can be unreliable, so ask for read- receipts, or follow up to make sure messages are received.

Coronavirus may force people to telecommute for weeks, or months, no one knows for sure. Some people may want to continue working from home, others will run screaming back to the office. Either way, these basic tips may help.

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