Alison Brigham, DLE ’19 Alum and 2020 40 Under Forty Honoree, who is Marketing Manager at Lee Bank in the Berkshires:
Alison and her WFH teammate, Banana
1. Bring home some office decorations. I brought home my Trendsetter Award and some photos and books from my desk to make it feel like I’m still at work.
2. Schedule virtual check-ins with your co-workers. Even if you can’t pop by their office, you can pop up in their direct messages!
3. Take this time to focus on some tasks that you’ve been “too busy” to catch up on. Personally, I plan to refresh my Photoshop and InDesign skills over the next several weeks
Jesse Noll, DLE Alum ’16, ’18, ‘19, Manager, Integrated Planning & Custom Content & Experiences at Wavemaker, New York, NY:
The hardest part for me is keeping active. I’ve been on a roll this year with my workouts and was staying so motivated. So, with gyms closing this has been crushing to my goals.
To stay active, I’ve been doing a 45-minute walk at lunchtime to get fresh air, listen to a podcast, and enjoy an afternoon cup of coffee, post lunch. Then, in the evenings, I’ve transitioned out of work mode by doing some form of workout video.
My team shares workout videos and podcasts to each other through a group message. Also, my company’s HR team is sending out daily emails on wellness tips that range from workouts, mindfulness and also different playlists of music or podcasts to help entertain.
Anna Worley, DLE ’19 Alum and Systems Engineer at General Dynamics Mission Systems in Pittsfield, MA, who is a member of the DLE Advisory Board:
I am now on Day 7 of working from home. To say it feels like day 107 is an understatement. Each day has presented its own challenges but also, given insight into new and better practices to master working from home. By taking on this situation with an open mind, you never know how your day may turn out!
Here are a few tips I’m using to keep cabin fever low and motivations high!
1. Make at least one phone call a day. If this is possible, try to at least engage in one over-the-phone conversation a day. Whether it be a conference call, asking a coworker a question, or simply checking in with your boss – physically talking with others can help with all of the social distancing and keeping the team collaboration alive.
2. Have a dedicated workspace: Your living room, the kitchen table, an office, or your siblings’ room who is away at college (my current set up). No matter what it is, have a dedicated space that is for you to work in. By having this space, you know that when you sit down for the day it is time to work. This helps avoid some of the distractions that you may experience while not being in the office.
3. I like to Move it Move it! You know the drill. It could be walking the dog at lunch or simply walking into the other room every once and a while. Don’t forget to move. Sitting at a desk all day is not healthy, both mentally and physically. Although you may not realize it when you are in the office, you move much more than expected by going to meetings, asking questions, taking lunch, etc. Don’t let the change of scenery starve your muscles of some stretching!