8 Helpful Tips When Working Remotely

Are you one of the many Americans suddenly working from home for the first time due to the expanding restrictions placed on businesses related to the coronavirus? If so, transitioning from working in an office setting to working remotely can be a big change.

"When your work location changes, it's important to take steps to ensure that you are just as productive working remotely as you are working in the office," says Michael Conway, Senior Vice President and Head of Human Resources at Mutual of America. "Doing your best to mirror your usual work environment and experience is crucial."

While each company has different rules in place, following are some things you can do to help make your experience successful.


Have a Getting-Ready Routine. Does getting dressed for work help you concentrate? Need your cup of coffee? Consider keeping your morning routine the same as you would if you were coming in to the office.


Use Your Space Efficiently. Decide where you work best. Maybe that's the desk in your bedroom or your kitchen table. Whatever feels right, designate a dedicated workstation and set ground rules for others around you so that you create an atmosphere that is office-like. Everyone should be respectful and mindful of the workspace you designate, especially when professional calls are being made.



Keep Your Usual Hours. Set a schedule for yourself. Hold yourself to it. This will help you better manage workflow.



Remember That It Is Okay to Take Breaks. Your regular schedule in the office includes breaks, so your remote schedule should, too.



Stay Connected. With limited face-to-face interaction, it's important to stay connected electronically to your coworkers and respond to email and other requests in a timely manner. Make sure to keep them in the loop and communicate with them frequently.



Keep in Personal Touch. It's also vital to keep in touch by phone during the day. Be sure to get out from behind the computer and talk with customers, coworkers, family and friends as you normally would.



Be Mindful. Remember to be mindful of the little things. Keeping your phone on mute while you're not speaking on a video or audio conference call reduces the amount of distracting noises for everyone. Making sure you're dressed appropriately in business-casual attire and that your background is appropriate when using a camera on video is also a way to maintain professional courtesy while working remotely.



The Customer Comes First, Wherever You Are. Though your work location is different, always remain responsive to your customers' needs.

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