Top Work-At-Home Tips from MNS Group Staff
For many of us, working from home is the new normal! Here are a few tips from our working-at-home staff members!
- Have a professional-looking background for your video conferences- most video conference apps have the ability to add a virtual background if you choose to keep your home environment private.
- Use the microphone mute option often to cut down on interference and distraction during meetings.
- Consider a dedicated workspace: a guest room, walk-in closet, basement, attic- somewhere away from the communal space.
- Work near a window so you can look outside and feel refreshed!
- Use noise-canceling earphones to create a quiet environment.
- A clean workspace is key to keeping your work organized- make sure your desk or table is free of clutter.
- Have your favorite coffee or tea set up close by! Electric kettles allow hot water anywhere there is an outlet.
- Maintain a sense of humor! Dogs barking during conference calls and noises from children are not unexpected.
- Make sure your phone is set up to receive calls from the office. Consider wireless headphones so you are able to take calls in quiet areas of your home (or yard!) and give your hand and arm a break.
- Begin each day with a gratitude practice- journal, pray, write a list of things you are grateful for to start the day with a good mindset.
- Create incentives for yourself: a special lunch after a busy morning, a walk with the dog around the block, a sunset-watching ritual in the evening.
- A good, ergonomically supportive work chair is worth the investment! Your body will thank you!
- Connect via Microsoft Teams with colleagues regularly: let them know when you a have stepped away for lunch, or share funny GIFs.
- Use multiple monitors to organize the visual clutter of your computer desktop at home.
- Get dressed for work! Maybe not heels or a tie but keeping a schedule that includes dressing for work breaks up the day into business time and home time.
- Yoga and deep breathing exercises performed during break times help ease stress during this unusual time.