Working Remotely

Tips for employees

When social distancing is necessary, working remotely can allow you to get your job done without the risk of spreading illness around the workplace. Try these tips to stay disciplined, motivated and productive.

Transition from “home time” to “working from home,” and vice versa.

Start a ritual that helps signal when you need to get into work mode—for instance, make a cup of coffee before sitting down to work each morning. At the end of your workday, close your laptop, tidy up your desk and push in your chair.

Make a to-do list.

Write it at the end of your workday so that you can begin the next day prepared.

Manage expectations.

It’s wise to have a discussion with your boss about what can actually be accomplished from home. Ask your manager what the priorities are, and discuss how tasks will get done.

Build in short breaks.

Get up and stretch your legs, play with the dog, water your plants, or grab a healthy snack.

Minimize distractions.

Set clear expectations with your family, housemates and friends, telling them that when you’re working at home, you’re working, and provide guidelines on how and when it’s okay to interrupt.

Take time for yourself.

During non-work hours, mentally disconnect from work by engaging in self-care activities.

Have an attitude of gratitude.

During a challenging time like this, it’s all too easy to focus on the negatives and all that you don’t have and can’t do. Instead, focus on what you do have and can do.

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