Working From Home
In response to the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19), some Ogden School District employees will begin working remotely. For many people, it will be challenging to adjust from being around co-workers in an office/school to spending most of the day at home. Therefore, we have organized some resources and tips that will assist our employees in transitioning to a remote work environment and help make working from home more effective and enjoyable.
Ten Tips for Working From Home
Everyone who works from home has to learn how to maintain a consistent schedule, determine where to work, and decide how to create clear boundaries between work and personal time. Here are 10 tips from leading authorities for developing work habits that will ensure an effective and enjoyable home-work environment.
- Maintain Regular Hours - Having clear guidelines for when to work and when to call it a day helps many remote workers maintain work-life balance.
- Overcommunicate With Your Team: It’s easy to forget that you’re all experiencing work differently because you’re not in the same physical space.
- Dress for the Day - What you wear doesn’t matter, but changing outfits can help normalize the work routine.
- Check Your Surroundings: Before you join a video call, check yourself and your surroundings.
- Ask When You Need Help: You can’t count on someone noticing that you’re struggling with something or hearing audible sighs.
- Set Ground Rules With the People in Your Space - Set ground rules with other people in your home or who share your space for when you work. If you have children who come home from school while you're still working, they need clear rules about what they can and cannot do during that time.
- Keep a Dedicated Office Space - Not everyone has a separate office in their home, and keeping two machines isn't always realistic. Instead, dedicate a desk and some peripherals only for work use.
- Don’t Work From Your Bed - At the very least use a table (if a desk is not available) and a chair.
- Schedule Breaks - Know the district's policy on break times and take them. Give yourself adequate time during the day to walk away from the computer screen and phone. Really...get up, leave your computer, stretch, and walk around.
- Drink Water Throughout the Day: Also, don’t forget to eat.
General Tips Adapted from: PCMAG (2020) 20 Tips for Working From Home & The Overflow (2020) Working From Home Tips From our Experienced Remote Employees