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Burnout

While working at home, you may be tempted to focus on getting things done and forget to eat or rest, increasing the risk of burnout.
To avoid that, make sure to block time in your calendar for other activities that help you relax.

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Adjusting to the new normal

Many businesses all over the world are doing their part to limit unnecessary person-to-person interactions by requiring some or all of their employees to work from home for the time being.
And while employees may feel less anxious about contracting the illness, productivity can be a problem as individuals figure out what works best for them in their new setups.

Dealing with isolation

To manage to push past the feeling of isolation, be sure to find ways to connect with your colleagues.
Use Slack throughout the day to see how people are doing, hop on Zoom to say hello, and don't be afraid to even share stupid memes and stories.

Lack of structure

Spontaneous face to face chats that happen when you share a working space maintain a sense of alignment, and make possible tackling issues as they arise.
To keep this going while everybody works remote, schedule regular check-ins with flexible agendas. This opens the line for occasional communication throughout the week.

Burnout

While working at home, you may be tempted to focus on getting things done and forget to eat or rest, increasing the risk of burnout.
To avoid that, make sure to block time in your calendar for other activities that help you relax.

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Intentionally design for the same interactions that would otherwise happen if people were in the office.

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Your people need to feel your presence as a leader as they will have fewer opportunities to see you face to face when they work remotely.

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The new normal

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Clear communication

The key to working from home is clear communication with your boss. Your manager might not be used to managing people virtually or may not have a ready-to-go suite of tools for remote workers.

To prevent a breakdown in communication, you need to know exactly what's expected of you from day-to-day. Ask your boss for a 10-minute video call to start and end the day. Reach out to coworkers and managers regularly so that you won't get forgotten.

Treat it like a real job
  • Don't lounge around in your pajamas. Treat it like a real job.
  • Create a space exclusively for work that is removed from distractions, just like you would at your office desk.
  • Create boundaries within your home that your family members understand when you're 'at work.'
  • Bookend your day. If you can't enter and leave a physical office that creates more precise boundaries, use psychological transitions like a 20-minute coffee in the morning, then exercise right after work.

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Assembling the Team

... that's capable of executing in a remote setup:

  • Hire doers: they will get stuff done even if they are working from a secluded island.
  • Hire people you can trust....
Software/Tools

In a remote team, you'll need the right tools to make sure everyone stays on the same page and can continue to execute without a physical person standing next to them.

You likely will need a tool in certain categories like group chat and video conferencing to make remote successful.

Processes

Good processes let you get work done in the absence of all else. They provide structure and direction for getting things done.

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  • Weekly Hangouts;
  • Weekly One-on-Ones;
  • Bring the team together 2 times/year somewhere cool;
  • Automate anything that can be automated.