With Covid-19 surging and new lockdowns being mandated in cities, states, and countries all over the world, remote work is once again becoming a hot topic in the business community. But, even before Covid disrupted the planet, remote work had gone from that rare unicorn of workforce arrangements to a standard component of many people’s workweek. The pandemic is simply teaching us how to work from home more efficiently and teaching employers how to get the most from employees out of the office.
It’s safe to say that there are very few companies who predicted they’d be going fully remote in 2020. The widespread response to the COVID-19 global pandemic has meant companies have had to adapt their operations to maintain business continuity. This has involved transitioning employees out of physical offices and into new virtual workspaces in what some have called the remote work experiment. And so far, the experiment has been a success.
Well, we’re still here… working from home. And with new cases spiking across the United States, it doesn’t look like we’ll be going back to the office anytime soon. After four months of this, you may find it difficult to get things done. Perhaps you’ve developed some bad habits and less than optimal routines. Now is as good a time as any for a refresher course in how to stay productive while working from home.
Are you new to Zoom meetings or video conference calls? Here’s a checklist of what you need to know to make sure you’re doing it right! While there are a lot of tips for hosting video conference calls, there isn’t much information to help participants. So, that’s why I created this list.
So, you want to become a freelancer? Freelance work has emerged as an alternative to employment. There are some well-known benefits that come with taking the freelance plunge — pros that are sure to make you want to get up and out of your cubicle so you too can enjoy the freedom and flexibility of freelancing. Although there are agencies who assign the task, or companies who outsource their work, there is no permanent employment contract and the freelancer can willfully select or reject any project offered. And you can do it too!
The freedom of working from home, at your own pace, and choosing your own hours tempts many of us. But is freelancing right for you?
Perhaps the time has come to evaluate the pros and cons of the freelance life…