As working from home becomes the new normal in the wake of the coronavirus, an expert on remote work is offering tips to make the transition a little easier.
Moe Vela, chief transparency officer of TransparentBusiness and expert in working remotely, has conducted interviews with YahooTV, CBS News, CNN, Fox Business and other news agencies about working away from the office.
During a phone interview Tuesday, Vela offered some words of wisdom to those adjusting to getting work done while in quarantine.
“I think the underline premises as we move to this remote workforce mentality as required by this pandemic is for folks to first of all remain calm and stay focused,” he said.
Vela’s first order of business is to create a routine as if you were working in an office.
“This is our new normal,” he said. “We don’t know how long this is going to last. So set new work hours because self-discipline is required here.”
It’s also good to establish boundaries, create a designated workspace and take care of yourself, Vela said.
“Self-care doesn’t mean playing around on social media for hours at a time,” Vela said. “You still have to get your work done, but it’s important to create a designated workspace in your home so you know that when you’re in that space you’re supposed to be working.”
Maintaining communication and loyalty with your boss have become more important than ever, Vela said.
“Your employer right now is worried about productivity and efficiency,” he said. “So employees need to remember to do their part and mitigate that concern. Offer to do video chats instead of phone calls to maintain that face-to-face contact.”
Above all, Vela urged people to stay positive amid the chaos.
“You have a better work-life balance and you’re in the comfort of your home,” he said. “Use that positive attitude to work diligently. Once this pandemic passes, your employer might let you work from home permanently. Always be transparent. If you act like you have something to hide it will breach the trust bond. That’s so necessary to be able to make this work for everyone.”