Category: Working from home

7 tips on lockdown career advancement — for employees and managers


It can be hard to think about career progression when you’re working from home and worrying about job security due to, you know, a global pandemic. And even though it’s understandable that you might want to focus on short term goals, there’s absolutely no harm in thinking further ahead and trying to figure out what your next career move could — or should — be. The biggest challenges about working remotely are obviously reduced contact time with managers and perhaps even less visibility over an your work — but not all is lost. [Read: Here’s why ‘if you build it, they…

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5 low-impact workouts that’ll get you moving without pissing off your neighbors


The vast majority of us have now been cooped up working from home for two months as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m guessing you’re exhausted, bored, frustrated, anxious, and exercise may just be the only thing keeping you sane — but if you live in a flat, or share with others, working out quietly can be hard. This is why I wanted to share several low-impact workouts that won’t risk upsetting your neighbors or flatmates. [Read: 5 HIIT workouts that’ll make you feel the burn while working from home] Quiet cardio This workout will help you break a sweat, get your…

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‘Thanks in advance’ is the most effective email sign-off — here’s why


For all the energy you put into your mails, you’re neglecting the one element that’s most crucial in determining whether you’ll receive a reply: the ending. Tell me if this sounds familiar: You’ve spent hours deliberating over your email subject line and its content. Will this word get them to open my message? Am I rambling? How can I get my request across in the most concise and considerate way? You’ve worried about the first sentence, the second, and you’ve re-written both of them a dozen times. And then? Then you hit ‘Send’ without spending one thought on which words…

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Here’s how you can ‘reset’ your sleep cycle during lockdown


You might have noticed your normal sleep pattern has changed. Some of us may be sleeping more, and some of us may be sleeping less. Life has changed dramatically for many of us, with our usual daily routine – including commutes, meal times, and the amount of time we spend outside – being altered because of self-isolation. All of these changes impact our natural circadian rhythm, which is an essential internal “clock” that plays a key role in regulating our sleep pattern. It controls body temperature and hormones in order to make us feel alert during the day and tired…

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Foolproof tips to communicate better with your remote workforce


It’s 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic has ground the world to a halt. Your workforce — once office based — is now fully remote and you find yourself spending more time speaking to your employees and colleagues online. You’re thankful for technology. It allows you to keep your business running, and interact with your workers and customers. [Read: 4 things all managers should avoid doing during the coronavirus pandemic] But — and this is a big but — you’re struggling to communicate effectively because the nuance of the offline world is missing online. Sound familiar? We’ve spoken to several leaders to…

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The weirdo’s guide to WFH productivity: Sanity shower, squats, and snacks


Are you working from home and is your productivity suffering as a result? Are traditional ‘normie’ tips failing you? If the answer to both these questions is ‘yes,’ you’re in luck because I’m here to share three weird — but effective — productivity hacks that will help you solve this problem. The sanity shower At this point I don’t really need to tell you why you should take regular breaks throughout the day to clear your head, but what if you used one of those breaks to take a sanity shower?  It sounds strange, I know, but I can promise you it…

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Office work will never feel the same after the coronavirus pandemic


“I can’t go back there. It’s like a cage!” These were Ana’s first words to me, spoken as though having just been released from prison or escaped a hard labor camp. However, this was just our weekly managerial catch-up over Skype. The situation wasn’t nearly as dire, but the emotions were just as raw. Rewind three months Up to this point, Ana had spent her career in a traditional office environment. Suddenly, her company launched a new customer service initiative and working remotely became a possibility. Ana and her team (all millennials) jumped at the chance to go remote, even volunteering…

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5 HIIT workouts that’ll make you feel the burn while working from home


I used to (begrudgingly) go to the gym because apparently exercise is good for you — but coronavirus has put a stop to that. While I’m somewhat grateful that I no longer have to drag myself there, I find myself longing for the post-workout buzz more and more since working and being at home full-time. [Read: 5 easy stretch routines to make working from home more bearable]  Luckily for me — and you, of course — I’ve found and tried some excellent high-intensity interval training (HIIT) sessions you can easily squeeze in throughout the day, without having to use any…

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3 ways to maximize your work station at home


Working from home is great. There’s no commute and you can have greater control about your work setup (heck, you can even have your own whiteboard), but getting this right can be tricky. So, here’s some top advice to help you maximize your current home setup so that your body doesn’t suffer. Isolate and separate Before we start talking about an ideal home setup, you need to think about two things: Isolation and separation. You need to find a space with a sole purpose, one that can be used just for work. [Read: 7 tweets that show what it’s REALLY…

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4 tips to keep work out of your weekends during the pandemic


I’ve been working from home full-time for well over a year, but the coronavirus pandemic has got me questioning everything I thought I knew about working remotely. Working from home under lockdown is completely different to doing so in normal circumstances. And despite everyone’s very best efforts to keep sane and productive, it’s fair to say that it’s easy to lose track of time and let week days blur into weekends. [Read: How to manage anxiety if you’re working from home due to coronavirus] But it doesn’t have to be this way — here are several tried and tested tips…

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