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The Most Crucial Tools for WFH: Kindness, and a Piece of Tape

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/business/coronavirus-work-from-home-tips.html

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The Most Crucial Tools for WFH: Kindness, and a Piece of Tape
work (from home) Friend If you're lucky enough to still have a job, you're going to have to follow some new rules. Credit... Margeaux Walter for The New York Times Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com . Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld.

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Work-from-home

Work-from-homers should actively remind themselves to be compassionate and generous with those who cannot work from home.

Many of our neighbors have to perform non-remote jobs that allow society to function. Others have had their income abruptly stripped away altogether.

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Establish boundaries

  • Everyone in the house should feel that they have been consulted.
  • Your plan should establish people's schedules and preferred working locations.
  • Figure out a way to share common areas. Establish what is fine and what is distracting.
  • Try and have a break for lunch around the same time, so people can check in with each other and be a bit louder.
  • Once a schedule has been established, stick to it. Everyone can't change their plan because you decided to take a 90-minute break in the middle of the day.

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Cam Show Colleagues

For the time being, put a sticker, some tape, or anything else over your computer's camera. Don't assume that because you can't see someone, they can't see you.

During your work meeting, you don't want your roommate to feature in passing in a less dignified manner.

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Online meetings

You can use the time to rebrand yourself to your colleagues.

  • Remove drug paraphernalia from your immediate vicinity.
  • Remove all the garbage from the corner of your home that will appear in your meetings.
  • Place a few houseplants in the background.
  • Position yourself so that light hits you from the front, rather than from the back or side.
  • If you use Zoom, apply a subtle retouch filter to your appearance.
  • Don't bother staring at anyone's wild eyes. After you have evaluated your co-workers and backgrounds, watch only yourself.

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First impressions

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Know your context

It’s important to first consider where you are trying to make a good impression—whether it’s a formal job interview or a dinner date. 

Context matters. It gives you cues as to how you should dress, speak, look and behave, in a way that matches the setting you are entering to. That is a key aspects of making a good impression. 

Adjust your attitude

Try not to look bored, rude or hostile.

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Keep the Same Schedule

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Set Boundaries

Pick a place for your office away from distraction.
Boundaries also apply to other people who may be sharing the same space. Children can work alongside you as if they were coming to the office.

Schedule Breaks

You won't have the same cues as you do from your workplace to remind you to get up or get lunch. When you lose the pace of your day, everything can start to blend together.

Treat your exercise, meals and stretch breaks as you would any other meeting. Put it on your calendar, at least to start.