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How to Keep the Camaraderie with Co-Workers While Working from Home

September 8th, 2020 Posted by Practice Areas 0 thoughts on “How to Keep the Camaraderie with Co-Workers While Working from Home”

There’s a large population of the workforce that is several months into adjusting to working remotely due to the Coronavirus outbreak. While the flexibility of working from home is a huge perk, most of us have also come to find out that working remotely comes with its setbacks. One of those setbacks is the lack of human interaction we get from going into the office each day and collaborating, even socializing, with the rest of our team.

Working from home doesn’t mean the camaraderie you’ve built up with your co-workers for the duration of your time with the company gets erased. It simply means that just as we’ve adjusted to staying productive within our roles outside of the office, we need to adjust the way we interact and bond with our co-workers as well. Below are some tips for staying connected to your team without seeing them at the office every day.

Zoom Meetings vs. Phone Calls

If working together in person isn’t an option, virtual meetings are the next best thing. Of course, phone calls are great for questions and brief discussions, but virtual meetings on the meeting software of your choice is needed when working from home. Whether it’s a team check-in meeting once a week or a one-on-one virtual call with a team member or manager, seeing a smiling face is better than hearing a voice.

Team Communication Platforms

Team communication platforms such as Slack, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangout or Chanty are perfect for remote work. This modern software allows large teams to stay in constant communication throughout the day in an organized way. Direct message with co-workers for private conversations or participate in group chats about specific topics, it’s all possible with a good business communication platform.

Celebrate Small Wins to Big Milestones

It’s more important than ever to connect and keep that camaraderie going since we can’t celebrate accomplishments in real time at the office. Celebrating means recognizing everyone’s hard work and team effort towards common goals, so be sure to give a shout out to co-workers for everything from small wins to major milestones.

Continue Monthly Get-Together

The team happy hour that you looked forward to each month might be on hold for a while, but who says it has to end? Continue that monthly get-together with co-workers virtually. It doesn’t have to be all business, all the time. In fact, you will create a stronger bond with your team if you make an effort towards getting to know everyone on a human level rather than strictly business.

 

JW Michaels & Co. is an executive search firm dedicated to serving the specialized recruiting needs of top-tier financial services, legal, technology and business institutions. Contact us about our Executive Search and Flexible Staffing Solutions today.

 

Tips for Staying Productive While Working from Home

May 27th, 2020 Posted by Practice Areas 0 thoughts on “Tips for Staying Productive While Working from Home”

The impact of the Coronavirus is far reaching and unprecedented, causing millions of people to make a sudden transition from going into the office regularly to working from home full-time.

At first, working from home can seem like a relief, replacing your commute time with more time spent with the family or for yourself. It has its perks, like wearing sweatpants every day or running to the kitchen for a snack whenever hunger strikes. But over the long-term, those perks can turn into distractions and WFH burnout can happen.

Working remotely takes discipline. Setting goals for the week and sticking to them is a great way to maintain your productivity while working from home. Additionally, set boundaries between work time personal time to keep a sense of separation. Having some structure can help too, since it might feel like a free for all with no team around for support, inspiration or comradery.

While it might seem like a dream to work from home, it can also be easy to lose focus. With that said, here are 5 tips to staying productive while working from home.

Home Office

Even if there’s no dedicated home office in your house, creating a space for work is recommended when working remotely. This creates a separated workspace vs. space for other everyday activities such as exercising, resting and relaxing.

Keep a Schedule

It’s inevitable that distractions will come up, so keeping to a schedule can boost productivity when working from home. Even if the schedule only distinguishes a start time or end time, this can help solidify any grey areas between work time and personal time.

Get Dressed

When we get up and go to the office, we feel good about ourselves by looking presentable. Stay in the routine of waking up early, showering and putting on work clothes to avoid falling into the habit of staying in pajamas or sweatpants all the time. These habits can alter our productivity levels over as the weeks go on.

Keep Communicating with Co-Workers

Not seeing your co-workers in the office everyday can get lonely and isolating, so consistently staying in virtual contact with them can increase productivity levels and keep creative and professional sides active. Whether it’s jumping on a phone call, Zoom call or brainstorming together in Slack, keep communicating often.

Take Breaks

Taking breaks is an essential part of staying productive because it can prevent a burnout. We’re not talking about Netflix breaks, but rather walking the dog or going outside for some fresh air can provide the refresh needed to stay on task. Sitting in one room of the house for too long isn’t conducive to productivity, so take breaks when your energy begins to fade.

 

JW Michaels & Co. is an executive search firm dedicated to serving the specialized recruiting needs of top-tier financial services, legal, technology and business institutions. Contact us about our Executive Search and Flexible Staffing Solutions today.

 

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