Category Archive for "remote working"

5 Tips to Combat Work from Home Burnout

A pandemic, hurricanes, wildfires, social unrest—what more can we pile on to our 2020 experience? Most of us find ourselves working from home full-time while juggling homeschooling, pets, extended family and more. These are challenging times, especially for working parents. If you don’t foster healthy habits, it will be challenging to support the people around you, whether it’s family, friends, employees, clients or co-workers. That’s why it’s more important than ever to employ strategies to combat work from home burnout. Recently I connected with Denise Broady, HR expert and COO at Workforce Software, who shared her top tips to remain productive while still maintaining work-life balance. Create a routine Even though you might not be going to a physical office space, it’s crucial to develop a routine. Ensure you’re getting dressed every day (at least change out of your pajamas) and set standard times for your office hours versus your private time to create structure. Also, make use of an effective work from home set up. Try to sit at a desk daily to mimic that in-office feel. Broady also offers this advice, “For working mothers like myself, my family and I eat dinner around the same time every evening, followed by a…

10 Tips for Nonprofit Managers Working with Remote Teams

COVID-19 has reshaped nonprofits nationwide, particularly in staff management. The New Normal: Nonprofit Staffing During the Pandemic reported that in July 2020, most nonprofit organizations had at least 75% of staff working from home, and 61% reported in September that 100% of their staff were working remotely. Driven by urgency and necessity, nonprofit organizations have explored and implemented staffing strategies for survival, recovery, renewal, and growth. Most nonprofits are moving forward with determination to deliver their mission and services by working in new ways. This includes navigating a remote work environment. Best Practices for Nonprofit Organizations Managing a Remote Workforce  1. Develop a remote work policy  An efficient remote work policy clearly defines what your virtual workforce needs to do and what you expect from them while working in a remote or hybrid environment.  A solid policy encourages accountability from employees as it lays out work guidelines and includes instructions regarding accessing an organization’s data. 2. Prioritize communication  Set clear expectations to ensure that tasks/projects are accomplished and goals are met. If scheduled team meetings and one-on-one appointments are typically done face-to-face, keep to the schedule when you shift to virtual meetings.  If team meetings are not a regular part…

8 Tips for Working from Home or Remotely

Whether you’re a gig worker or a digital nomad, a full-time employee with remote status or an onsite employee suddenly asked to work from home, here are eight tricks to getting the work done well, keeping pace with your colleagues and peers, and taking care of yourself in the process. Here are the 8 tricks you need to be an excellent remote worker: Dress the part. It can be tempting when you’re working from home to stay in your sweats all day, but it’s worth taking the time to feel polished. Put on a crisp shirt and slip on some dress shoes. Not only do you feel like you’ve made that essential shift from relaxing-at-home to kicking-ass-at-home, you’re always ready to jump on a last-minute video call with a colleague or client. Invest in an ergo setup. Once in a while, it’s a nice change of pace to work at the kitchen counter or from the couch (just like once in a while you can justify staying in your jammies). But if you’re working at home regularly, it’s important to make sure your workstation is on point. That means using an external monitor in addition to your laptop, making sure it’s at…