In the past month, there has been a virtual avalanche of resources providing guidance, resources, and quick tips for working from home, managing teams, and sustaining health and balance during this season of “Stay at Home.” This Q&A resource content provides guidance and tools to support Trojans so that we can all Keep Working effectively.

Remote Workspace

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Managing
Remote Teams

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Team Productivity in Remote Work Environments

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Staying Connected & Healthy while Working Remotely

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Remote Workspace
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Managing Remote Teams
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Team Productivity in Remote Work Environments
  • Let your team members know that this is a challenging time of change for all of us with a demand for agility and flexibility on a daily basis. For many there may often be a need to adapt to changing circumstances at home daily, if not hourly, with regards to distractions popping up throughout the day. In navigating this dynamic environment, communication is key.
    • Encourage your teams to update you as their timelines change or schedules are interrupted in a way that stalls progress substantially.
    • Determine what works best for you and your team member in this respect. Try a daily check in or update via E-mail, Slack, a quick Zoom call, or MS Teams meeting mid-morning, or at the end of the day or perhaps a longer update at the start of a week or end of the week to update on progress and shift out deadlines accordingly. Try out various approaches to find the best fit.
    • Offer flexible work hours that provide for regular breaks throughout the day to attend to personal matters at home. This may mean the traditional 8AM to 5PM schedule flexes more often than it is routine.
  • Check out some of these external resources for additional ideas and guidance:
  • This is a common challenge that many face. While not required you could leverage Outlook for personal meetings and scheduling and use the “private” mode calendar setting to preserve your personal schedule from being shared with others at work. Alternatively, you could create work blocks in your personal calendar on your cellphone if you have that functionality (maybe on Google calendar or icalendar) so that you can see in one location all of the commitments you have in your day.
  • Set alerts that work for you – maybe you’ll need both audible and visual cues at a consistent interval throughout your day to be able to track both calendars.
  • Schedule 5 minute calendar check-ins for personal and work calendars at 2 intervals daily – morning and afternoon. If you plan for them ahead of time, it gives you the dedicated space to make adjustments as needed when necessary.
  • Check out some of these external resources for additional ideas and guidance:
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Staying Connected & Healthy while Working Remotely
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