The quiet, grinding loneliness of working from home
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Monitoring software that checks time spent on different applications, chat response time, and keystroke recording is now in great demand.
HR departments worldwide are fueling the use of technology to have a way to control the employees that are now no longer in the office.
The sound of the office, with printers, keyboards and coffee machines is something that is missed so much that many are a Spotify playlist of workplace sounds while working from home.
Employees miss the office so much that they are not finding the work from home forever model to be enticing, even after they are offered a bonus to stay home.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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Line up your day carefully, with set "office" hours. Think about how many hours you hope to work in a day and be realistic regarding what you can actually do when your kid is around.
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This is your chance for working without interruption use this time to finish assignments that require your complete focus and concentration.
If you don't learn to keep your roles as parent and businesswoman/businessman separate, giving each your full concentration for a set amount of time, you'll never feel like you're doing either well.
To separate mentally from the rest of the house, set up an office area.
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