What have we learned from teleworking?

Remote working days are easily filled with video conferences, while the telephone, e-mail and team tools stay busy. Many people take care of their children and remote school activities alongside their own work. Does it sound familiar? The daily life with coronavirus has revolutionised working, leisure, social contacts, and family life. We now need support and advice from each other to fit them together and adapt to the new normal. Read our tips for successful remote working!

Most of us YTK employees are also doing remote work in order to stay healthy and to be able to provide good service to our members in the future, too. Luckily we have remote connections, online services, chat services and many other tools of the digital era! On the other hand, remote working also creates challenges in maintaining contacts. Interaction via technology is not similar as face to face – it’s a fact that we just need to accept. Instead, we should think of what things we can affect and could we learn something from this. Based on what we have learned, we compiled guidelines for remote working and want to share them with you:

  1. Separate work from leisure
    As work has physically entered your home, it’s even more important than before to separate work and leisure. If possible, make you yourself a work station that you can hide e.g. under a blanket when you stop working. Try to work during regular working hours even if flexible hours have been extended. Make use of any flexitime offered by your employer. Don’t hesitate to take up with your supervisor different ways that would support your working. Spend your leisure time on things that give you energy to get through these challenging times!
  2. Make a habit of breaks and small talk
    ​​​​​​​Reserve enough time in your calendar for transfers, take breaks regularly and use a few minutes at the beginning of video meetings for chit-chat. These habits that are natural in normal daily life are easily forgotten in remote work. When you send invitations, take into account whether your colleague’s calendar is already filled with one meeting after another and is their status on the team platform available, busy or away.
  3. Make video conferences a new norm by agreeing of the rules together
    ​​​​​​​Video connection gives many of us much needed life to remote working, while others find it embarrassing. Agree on the rules together! Everybody is allowed to be themselves in a video conference, too, without the need to make an act. Quiet moments and thought breaks are allowed, and they do not mean that the other person is rude or unable to concentrate. Sometimes a video conference can also be replaced with a well-prepared chat. Or you can switch the camera or microphone off for a while during a video conference.

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