TIPS FOR WORKING AT HOME

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As the world is adjusting to the new normal, it’s more important than ever that we reach out, connect, and take care of one another at work and home. Many of us might have done this before but working from home because of COVID-19 is a whole new experience. Is it because it was sudden, for an extended period of time, or is it because it’s mandatory? We are #allinthistogether and your personal success is extremely important to our collective success.

Here are tips we suggest for working at home!

Change that Password

Is your home network secure? Are you still sporting the default password on your wireless router? Have you updated the firmware on your devices? Security patching is very important and should be done religiously on all your devices including wireless routers, desktops, laptops etc., not just that phone in your hand.

MFA

Now that doesn’t stand for what you think – MFA is Multi Factor Authentication  – Might be a pain but it is more important than ever to secure the applications you are using on those laptops and mobile devices in a less secure home wireless network. Enabling MFA adds another layer of protection against the ever present cyber criminals.

Designate a Work Space and Keep Clearly Defined Working Hours

Now more than ever, make an effort to fully disconnect from work! Your productivity will suffer, and your home and family life will take a hit if you don’t define boundaries. The challenge is to keep your work and home lives separate. Don’t spread yourself across your home, your work space doesn’t have to be its own room, but it should feel as separate from the rest of your home as possible. It is also imperative to be clear about when you’re working and when you’re not. No more commuting? Use that time to exercise, get outside, meditate or pursue taking care of yourself. Carve out new routines to help you ease into and out of your workday.

Shower & Get Dressed

It might seem simple but it’s fundamental. You don’t need to dress as formally as you did for work, but don’t underestimate the power of putting on clothes suitable for a video meeting. You’ll feel more human and confident while helping to draw the line between work and home.

Don’t Get Too Sucked In by Distractions

Distraction is one of the big challenges facing us today in this “new normal”. Right now one of the biggest distractions is the news. COVID-19 is what has you working remotely, and it is in the front of all our minds. It’s imperative we all stay informed but too much news means higher anxiety. The news will still be there after 5 PM.

Make Virtual Dates

Lastly, socialize and not just with your co-workers, but friends and family too. They want and need to hear from you! Use a video/meeting platform and invite your family and friends to dinner. Share recipes! Have a virtual “quarantini”! Go around the Hollywood squares and let each party catch up and discuss what they are up to.
Not only are we interested it the health of your network and assets. We are also concerned about you – the most important asset. Now is the time to stay safe and take care of yourself and your family.
-Your Westelcom Fam