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COVID-19 and the Reality of Working Remotely

Published: Monday, March 16, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

ATD has curated several virtual training resources to adjust to having to work and train remotely. td.org/virtual-training 

Those of you who are new to the idea of remote work, how are you adjusting?  Those who have been working virtually, feel free to share some suggestions and tips about what success looks like for you (for example, remote workspace and setup, work-life balance, and so forth).  

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Great tips here. I don't set a timer to remind me to get up and stretch. My desk chair is so bloody uncomfortable, I stand at every opportunity! I assign my most challenging work in the morning when I am fresh, when it is possible. I'm also looking into better lighting for my video calls. And I keep a comb handy when about to jump on those video calls. Just because I am at home, does not mean I look scrappy!
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To add more, I also set timers on my phone to go off to remind myself to get up and stretch and move my legs a bit. I am very purposeful in making sure I take breaks and a lunch because I think it's important mentally to detach and disconnect. Once I'm done for the day, that's it. I shut the computer down and don't return until the next morning so that I can focus on my family, and my home.
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Hi all! Prior to COVID-19, I would WFH every other Friday and a few days here and there if I have to record audio. We've now been WFH since about the second week of March and I'm adjusting well. I actually really enjoy it personally and could see myself working remotely full-time. I recently purchased a new desk and office chair and have it set up in front of a large window in my apartment so that I can open the blinds every day to work in natural light which I LOVE being able to do.
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