With stay at home restrictions many have found their tv room has been turned into a schoolroom or an office. Here are some basic tips to help you survive while working at home. These tips are real and come from our consultants out in the field, so they’re proven to work.
Even the news has taken notice. We on the other hand have been doing it for years.
Our number one recommendation:
Create a Morning Routine
Deciding you’ll sit down at your desk and start work at a certain time is one thing. Creating a routine that guides you into the chair is another. What in your morning routine indicates you’re about to start work? It might be making a cup of coffee. It might be returning home after a jog. It might be getting dressed (wearing pajama pants to work is a perk for some, but a bad strategy for others). A routine can be more powerful than a clock at helping you get started each day.
Let’s listen to PC Magazines Tips for working from home (aka WFH)
Zoom your Experience
Many have learned to use a laptop and a camera. One thing we’ve learned is that everyone likes to look at your background. And Zoom is the first to the scene with a virtual background, so go ahead, let them think you’re in Hawaii. Simple and free for up to 100 attendees and a meeting time of up to 45 minutes. Give it a go.
How Well Do you THINK You’re working with your co-workers
Let’s see what you can learn about how you work. A great self assessment. And it’s also free!
Ever Use SLACK? Very Cool
Slack is a great remote working tool for sharing ideas and collaborating.
Do you use Microsoft Office? Welcome to Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams is a new addition to the Office 365 family of tools that allows people to better collaborate. Call, chat, video, and a great interactive platform. Check the video out and give it a try. We think the phone app actually works better than the desktop app!
Get a Headset
Yes it’s a 10 minute video, but it weighs out the options of wearing a headset. Is wireless better? What about bigger noise cancelling headsets? Battery operated. Bottom line – you’ll need a headset. Personally, the more you’re on conference calls, the more features you want, especially the “fast mute” since you never know who comes in the home office screaming!
Here’s a list of the top headphones used for call centers. They wear them ALL DAY – Click Here. Price range starts in the $30 range, but typically $100 and up are where you find the quality and features you need. And it’s wild they have Alexa enabled headsets. Very cool. I personally like the wired version because I don’t have to charge it and there’s usually a mic mute button I can hit quickly. But you are then tied to your laptop. Also look for a converter to allow you to use USB on your laptop, and an adapter for your phone.
Also check out gamer headsets, they know comfort and features.
Share a tip if you have one. By the time I got it together, this is what our laundry room has become.