MisterTransparency’s Tips to Working From Home:

1. Create a routine and make this your new normal. Self-discipline is required and set real work hours.
2. Establish boundaries between work and personal life, create a designated work space and remember to practice self-care (that doesn’t include social media) but get your work done.
3. Constant communication with your colleagues and managers—important that communication remain strong if not stronger
4. Loyalty is key — it fosters trust and remember your employer is worried about productivity and efficiency so do your part to mitigate that concern
5. When appropriate and feasible, offer to do video chats instead of phone calls — nothing will ever replace the value of face to face interactions
6. Make yourself aware of software tools and solutions that might make remote work more effective and suggest that your employer implement them.
7. Focus on the positive — no commute, better work/life balance and the comfort of home and use that positive attitude to work diligently
8. Whether through software or just through updates, keep your employer updated on your work product
9. Employers — use the resources in the marketplace like videoconferencing and remote workforce monitoring and coordinating software to mitigate the risks of a remote workforce
10. Above all, participate in the act of transparency — it’s always the best way to go.

MOISES "MOE" V. VELA, JR.

Moe Vela’s diverse career and experience uniquely position him at the epicenter of where law, politics, business, and finance intersect. Mr. Vela is the President and CEO of The Vela Group, LLC, a global business development consulting firm with clients in the United States and Latin America.  Through this venture, he brings an international network of high-profile leaders and decision makers to his various clients.

In addition to running his firm, Mr. Vela is formerly Of Counsel at the law firm of Stein Mitchell Beato and Missner. He was previously a partner at the international law firm, Holland & Knight. Mr. Vela’s areas of experience include business development, public policy, government relations, and Latino advocacy and outreach. He is also an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of Law.

Mr. Vela is a longtime Washington insider. Mr. Vela’s leadership and counsel have been sought by some of the country’s top political and business leaders. Mr. Vela served in President Obama’s administration as the Director of Administration and Senior Advisor in the Office of Vice President Joe Biden.  The stint was the second White House appointment for Mr. Vela, who served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Advisor on Hispanic Affairs for Vice President Al Gore. Mr. Vela holds the distinction of being the first Hispanic American and gay American to serve twice in a senior executive role in the White House.

A proud Texan, Mr. Vela earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin and his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law.

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