The Month of April has introduced many new challenges for our work environment. For many people, a "work from home" approach can be different and challenging. It is particularly challenging for a social butterfly like myself. We want to feel productive while we wait for instructions from the government on reopening our economy or how they plan to keep America safe from COVID-19. In this blog, I decided to do some research on good tips when working from home during this challenging time. I hope you find these 7 tips useful.

7  Work from Home Tips

  1. Have a designated workspace. When you aren't going into the office every day it's important to separate your work life from your personal life. Having a designated workspace at home can help you "get down to business" during the workday and enjoy personal time in the evening.
  2. Check the news but don't focus on it. We want to stay informed with the latest updates on COVID-19 but it's important for our health to think about things that we can control. We can't control the government or the doctors, but we can control ourselves. We can choose to have a positive outlook on things. This too shall pass.
  3. Get showered and dressed for the day. Those Nike workout pants must go in the laundry at some point. Right?
  4. Communicate regularly with your team. Don't forget to just call a team member to talk about life every now and then. We are all in this together and team culture is important.
  5. Help customers and friends see the positive side. It seems like this Pandemic will go on FOREVER, but you know it won't. We need to remind customers and team members that we are here to serve them now and when we are back to "business as usual". Everything is NOT going to crash and burn.
  6. Build transition time into and out of work. Yes, you can still crank the music if you like to do that in your car on the way to work. Just turn up the radio in the morning at home and get pumped up for the day. If you like visiting with a certain team member before leaving work on a NORMAL day, give them a quick call, email, or a  chat message toward the end of the day.
  7. Don't forget to socialize. Unfortunately, we can't run to a restaurant like we could a few months ago but we can always call a team member and check-in while sipping on our morning coffee or eating a sandwich.

I hope to see you soon.

Clint Miller