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Lights, Camera, Meeting! Are You Ready For Video?

Online meetings are soaring in popularity. There are some easy ways to improve how you come across to your leadership, colleagues and clients …

Lights, Camera, Meeting! Are You Ready For Video?

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Connection – The Isolation Buster!

Does anyone else feel like they are watching a science fiction movie? The streets show few signs of life, school buses are parked, and empty …

Connection – The Isolation Buster!

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How to Keep Company Culture Alive While Working Remotely

2020 has started off with a bang. From the U.S. nearly going to war with Iran, to Kobe Bryant’s shocking death, to President Trump’s impeachment …

How to Keep Company Culture Alive While Working Remotely

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Numerous instances of online conferences being disrupted by pornographic images, hate speech or even threats can be mitigated using some platform tools.

Officials at Zoom have released tips for users of their video-conferencing platform to help avoid getting “Zoom-bombed” by trolls and even more serious threat actors during online meetings.

The developers of the online video-conferencing service cautioned users to avoid sharing Zoom meeting links publicly and widely on social media and to use some simple management tools within the system to help avoid scenarios in which uninvited participants disrupt meetings in unpleasant and threatening ways.

“As more people use our platform and host their virtual events using Zoom, we wanted to offer up tips to ensure everyone joining an event does so with good intentions,” according to a recent Zoom blog post on the topic. “Like most other public forums, it’s possible to have a person (who may or may not be invited) disrupt an event that’s meant to bring people together.

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The company posted in response to numerous reports of threat actors upending Zoom meetings with hate speech such as racist messages, threats of sexual harassment, and pornographic images that drive meeting participants offline or force the meeting to be abruptly cancelled. Some of the attacks have even go so far as to threaten those attending the meeting with physical harm.

Zoom has become the de facto platform for the post-Covid-19 business environment as the pandemic has forced workers to stay at home while still conducting every-day business.

Organizations ranging from corporations to small businesses to schools to fitness instructors and even therapists are now meeting clients online using Zoom amid the quarantine and stay-at-home orders that have rolled out globally in the wake of the coronavirus’ rapid spread.

However, it didn’t take long for threat actors to sabotage this new way of conducting business by using public links to hop on meetings to shock, taunt or scare users.

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In one such episode in California, unknown participants crashed a school-district Zoom meeting with chants of the N-word, cackles, pornographic images, and even threats that they would find out the home addresses of the attendees. Another Zoom-bombing occurred during a meeting hosted by Mexican food chain Chipotle, which experienced disruption by a pornographic image, one of the attendees reported on Twitter.

A journalist and contributor to the New York Times Kara Swisher and collaborator Jessica Lessin were forced to shut down a Zoom meeting about challenges women tech leaders face after just 15 minutes because a participant bombed it with the shock video “2 Girls One Cup,” Lessin reported on Twitter. The uninvited participant switched between accounts so the hosts could not block the disruption, she said.

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Zoom Bombers.jpeg

Numerous instances of online conferences being disrupted by pornographic images, hate speech or even threats can be mitigated using some platform tools.

Officials at Zoom have released tips for users of their video-conferencing platform to help avoid getting “Zoom-bombed” by trolls and even more serious threat actors during online meetings.

The developers of the online video-conferencing service cautioned users to avoid sharing Zoom meeting links publicly and widely on social media and to use some simple management tools within the system to help avoid scenarios in which uninvited participants disrupt meetings in unpleasant and threatening ways.

“As more people use our platform and host their virtual events using Zoom, we wanted to offer up tips to ensure everyone joining an event does so with good intentions,” according to a recent Zoom blog post on the topic. “Like most other public forums, it’s possible to have a person (who may or may not be invited) disrupt an event that’s meant to bring people together.

zoom bombers 3.jpeg

The company posted in response to numerous reports of threat actors upending Zoom meetings with hate speech such as racist messages, threats of sexual harassment, and pornographic images that drive meeting participants offline or force the meeting to be abruptly cancelled. Some of the attacks have even go so far as to threaten those attending the meeting with physical harm.

Zoom has become the de facto platform for the post-Covid-19 business environment as the pandemic has forced workers to stay at home while still conducting every-day business.

Organizations ranging from corporations to small businesses to schools to fitness instructors and even therapists are now meeting clients online using Zoom amid the quarantine and stay-at-home orders that have rolled out globally in the wake of the coronavirus’ rapid spread.

However, it didn’t take long for threat actors to sabotage this new way of conducting business by using public links to hop on meetings to shock, taunt or scare users.

zoom bombers 2.jpeg

In one such episode in California, unknown participants crashed a school-district Zoom meeting with chants of the N-word, cackles, pornographic images, and even threats that they would find out the home addresses of the attendees. Another Zoom-bombing occurred during a meeting hosted by Mexican food chain Chipotle, which experienced disruption by a pornographic image, one of the attendees reported on Twitter.

A journalist and contributor to the New York Times Kara Swisher and collaborator Jessica Lessin were forced to shut down a Zoom meeting about challenges women tech leaders face after just 15 minutes because a participant bombed it with the shock video “2 Girls One Cup,” Lessin reported on Twitter. The uninvited participant switched between accounts so the hosts could not block the disruption, she said.

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With the kind of situation the world is facing today, many business owners are worried. COVID-19 may not directly affect many businesses, but it does affect their workforces. 

In China, for example, early this year, they have decided to lock down many cities. This forced people to stay in their homes, leaving offices unstaffed. Companies were in turn forced to implement work-from-home arrangements and those that were caught unprepared faced problems.

This can happen to anyone at this time. As the number of COVID-19 cases around the world continues to rise, so is the possibility of instituting similar lockdowns. Thus, any business owner would be wise to prepare a business continuity protocol.

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Basically, the idea of business continuity centres around keeping your business running despite any major event like the COVID-19 pandemic. If your staff is not around to run your business processes, what would you do?

Forcing your team to go to the office is not an option. Their safety should always be a priority. With that, your business should have these measures in place in case everyone has to stay home.

COMMUNICATION

Remote teams need reliable channels of communication to keep a business going. Free chat apps like Facebook Messenger would work, but they aren’t always the best. 

For one, message threads are not quite organised in these apps. Usually, the most recent messages appear on top, followed by later ones as you scroll down. But it’s not always the most recent message that’s the most important.

Privacy is another issue. What is sent in a group chat can be seen by every member of the group, so what if you have a message intended only for a few members? That means another group chat has to be created just for that purpose. This is totally inefficient, as the team members would get overwhelmed with so many different group chats.

Communication software that is tailored for businesses is the better option. The popular app Slack, for example, allows users to create separate threads, each with its own privacy settings. With this, each unique topic can have its own thread and only specific people can see each one.

These apps also support voice and video calling, which is important in case you would want something similar to a face-to-face meeting. It’s just like having a virtual boardroom with everyone just in their homes.

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PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Some teams coordinate all of their activity through chat apps. However, when it comes to deliverables, there are certain roadblocks in these apps that can make you and your team members less productive.

One problem is that important messages would get lost in threads over time. It’s very hard to scroll up a conversation that has dozens of messages to find them. The search function may work, but what if you don’t know what to look for?

This is where Project Management software comes in. Think of Trello, Basecamp, or Asana. These apps combine communication with task assignment, delegation, setting deadlines, and many others. 

With these apps, information is organised similar to online forums, where there are specific pages for specific topics. With this, the important things are much easier to find. This would also ensure that questions, comments, and suggestions are related to those topics only. That way, you would avoid having a mishmash of messages on the same thread.

CLOUD STORAGE

If your team were to work remotely, they would need a way to send, receive, and store files off-site. While email can work for this, it is just too cumbersome especially when your team regularly exchange files with each other. An example is when a single pitch deck gets updated often.

For a more efficient way to pass files amongst each other, cloud storage solutions like Dropbox or Google Drive are the best. With these, you can synchronise files across all members of your team. So if one person edits a document, everyone else can access that edited version. 

Another advantage is that your files are stored in the cloud. So in case someone’s computer malfunctions, the files in the cloud are still there. Everyone else still has access to them. 

Cloud storage solutions also have privacy settings. This way, you can restrict access to sensitive files to only a few people. 

With these measures in place, you can protect your business from the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. More so if you have the expertise of a managed IT services company by your side.

Is your business in Ireland? Do you need an IT solutions provider in Wicklow? Contact us now at IT Support 4U. We are always here to help. 

Get in contact with us on support@itsupport4u.ie or call 0404-62773 / 01-9015737 and we can login and get things started for you. 

The threat of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 has reached pandemic levels. This has forced so many companies to implement work from home setups for their employees, as more and more cities are put under strict quarantine measures. 

However, despite how advanced our technology is these days, many business owners admit that it is still quite a daunting task to set up systems that allow their teams to work from home. 

To ease the burden, here are the basic things you would need to know about work from home setups. 

COMPUTER

The workhorse of the modern workplace is the computer. Either desktops or laptops are fine, as long as they can accomplish the tasks that your teams must get done. Your employees may already have computers of their own, so there is often no need to buy separate ones for them as you implement remote working procedures.

MONITOR

When working from home, not just any monitor will do. To get the most out of a monitor, a spec called resolution is something to take into account. Resolution refers to the number of pixels that a monitor can accommodate. Common ones are 1366×768, 1440×900, and 1920×1080 pixels. 

A resolution of 1920×1080, also known as ‘Full HD’, is a good starting point for monitors. It provides a good deal of vertical space for working with documents and spreadsheets, and it also has a lot of horizontal space for design software. Full HD monitors can work well for most employees.

If the functions of your business require greater screen space, then consider investing in higher-resolution monitors like ones with ‘Quad HD’ resolution, which is at 2560×1440 pixels. This is perfect for professionals who want to get the most out of their virtual workspace.

Monitors can also do wonders for laptop users. Having an external monitor allows them to work on two screens at once, or they can use the monitor as their main screen if the laptop screen has a low resolution.

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PROJECT MANAGEMENT

One important thing for remote teams is the delegation of tasks. People need to know who tasks are assigned to, to whom they should address any concerns, and how to prioritise their work. This is exactly what project management software can do, and more. Apps like Basecamp, Asana, and Trello are software tools that enable you to manage your teams from a distance. They also allow real-time communication, file sharing, and collaboration all in one app. 

REMOTE DESKTOP PROTOCOL

Windows users can take advantage of the remote desktop capability of the operating system. The biggest advantage of this is that an employee can access his work PC from home, which removes the need to transfer files, install programs, and set up credentials in the home PC. In other words, using remote access will be as if the employee is in the office.

INTERNET CONNECTION

Working from home demands an internet connection that is stable and reliable. This is especially true for work that involves bandwidth-intensive tasks like video editing, animation, and teleconferencing. Thus, it is best to have a wired internet connection, such as DSL, cable, or fibre-optic. 

The best consistency of network access can be ensured by high-speed, unlimited-data fibre-optic internet connections. Though a bit more expensive, they are the most reliable, especially for real-time collaboration and teleconferencing.

ROUTER AND LAN

Typically, telcos provide a router to each of their clients. This is essential as it provides internet access to all of your devices. For smartphones, Wi-Fi is the only option. For PCs, however, it is better to connect them through a LAN cable. 

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Wiring the computer to the router works better as LAN cables have higher bandwidth capacity than Wi-Fi, as well as faster transmission speeds. This means that the connection to teleconferencing software, cloud-based apps, other internet-dependent systems remains fairly consistent all day. Wi-Fi is prone to interference and dropouts, which bring down productivity. Wired LAN, however, rarely encounters those issues.

In this time of a great global health crisis, your business does not have to go down. Remote work setups can do wonders, and can allow your business to thrive even in these trying times.

Here at IT Support 4U, we understand that many people need help in setting up remote work processes for their teams. Our expertise as a managed IT services provider in Wicklow is here to lend a hand. Give us a call today and let us know how we can help you.

Get in contact with us on support@itsupport4u.ie or call 0404-62773 / 01-9015737 and we can login and get things started for you. 

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Work from Home Advice…

With the Coronavirus/ COVID-19 affecting everything from international travel to the availability of hand sanitiser, mitigating COVID-19 across the globe has become a growing concern. That’s why many Government are telling companies to let as many employees as possible work remotely until the virus can be slowed.

Plenty of people fantasise about working from the comfort of their own home, foregoing their daily commute in favor of more sleep, family or exercise time.

Working remotely however can be a double-edge sword.

On the plus, you get to stay home and spend more time with your family but it can be harder to focus on actually working. Whether it’s a pile of laundry that suddenly looks more appealing than your bosses’ to-do list, or a quick three-hour Netflix binge, staying productive at home can take a bit more effort.

Plus, the isolation can quickly become a downer for those used to socialising at work. Some people, would prefer to stay in the office.

So, first thing’s first: you should probably sit up straight, eat some breakfast and get dressed.

How else can you stay focused on the job and mentally healthy while working remotely?

Here are some tips from work-from-home veterans and workplace experts.

Set a dedicated work location

Try to find yourself a dedicated and comfortable spot to work in that you can associate with your job and leave when you’re off the clock — that means get off the couch, and definitely out of bed. A dunning room table or home office can work well.

It definitely helps if you have a dedicated space for working from home.

Setting up a dedicated home office where you can close the door and shut out distractions can pay dividends.

You can also go to local libraries to take advantage of their free Wi-Fi etc. out if Lockdown conditions, but under lockdown then staying at home is a must.

Find a Buddy Or Colleague that you can call when needed…

You might find it easier to be productive without your most chatty coworkers constantly buzzing in your ear but social interactions, even with colleagues, can alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Durham University’s Dr. Thuy-vy Nguyen, who studies the effects of solitude, thinks the psychological effects of working remotely for extended periods is often overlooked or ignored, despite it being an essential factor in our mental well-being and team bonding.

“We’re used to social interaction,” she says. “It facilitates cooperation and closeness.” 

To help fill the socialising gap while working remotely, Nguyen recommends finding a colleague you can call when you’re feeling the need to chat with someone. Alternatively, buddy up with a friend who works elsewhere and is going through the same experience. Hopping on a social video call or phoning, instead of just texting or emailing can be a good idea too.

Have a Work from Home Plan…

Nguyen also recommends that, when working alone, you should keep a more structured daily schedule than usual.

“Usually our time and the structure of our day are influenced by other people,” she says. “You’re going to experience your day as lacking the normal structures that you usually have. People might have a hard time dealing with it. So one of the things that we found in our trying to understand solitude, is that time spent alone is better if it’s structured.” 

Remembering to schedule multiple breaks throughout the day, in order to do some things that you enjoy, can help to keep you productive for the long term..

Think About How You’re Communicating

Haughey says it’s important to go beyond email and use other digital tools that can better replicate the in-person office experience and provide for clear communication.

“There will be a sense of isolation of course, and it depends on how well your team communicates, or how much they’re willing to amp up communication using other tools besides face-to-face conversations,” he says.

Harvard Business School’s Prithwiraj “Raj” Choudhury, who studies remote work and the relationships between geography and productivity, found an interesting solution to boosting camaraderie among remote workers: pizza parties. While researching remote work habits at the U.S. Patent Office, which implemented a more robust “work from anywhere” policy in 2011 — Choudhury discovered a manager who hosted weekly lunches via videoconferencing.

“She would order the exact same pizza to be delivered at the same time so the team would have that bonding experience and still feel like a team,” says Choudhury. “This is the future of work, so we cannot just keep doing stuff in the old familiar ways, we have to create new processes.”

Furthermore, better communication while remote can help maintain your relationship with your colleagues, managers, and direct reports. It’s also important for managers to encourage employees to share their opinions or concerns about a particular project so they don’t feel like they’re being dismissed just because they’re not in the same room.

Remember Everyone Works Differently

Managers should remember that not every employee actually wants to work from home, a shift that can be stressful for some. As companies increasingly have more and more employees working from home, during the coronavirus outbreak, and maybe even beyond, it’s key that they get their employees to communicate with each other as much as possible and especially try more to help employees that are struggling with the change, says Nguyen.

“If management actually forces people to stay at home, then that would add another layer of stress,” she says. “Giving employees as much information as possible can ease the burden caused by the disruption.”

Still have regular meeting…

If you need to still have regular meeting then utilise me a Face to Dace meeting app like Zoom can ensure that you and your team can get together to chat regularly in order to keep that team spirit and camaraderie together.

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50 Must-Have Remote Working Tools and Apps

With millions of people adjusting to work from home, here are a few apps and tools that can help you maximize your process.

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Nicola Sturgeon urges employers “not to let staff worry about the decision to work from home”

The Prime Minister urged employers to decide whether staff should work from home rather than letting employees decide during the coronavirus block. …

Nicola Sturgeon urges employers “not to let staff worry about the decision to work from home”

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Parenting during a Pandemic: Simple tips for working from home.

Tips for working from home with 2 small children during #Covid19 At the time of writing this, we are in week two of the mandated shelter in place. …

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20 Top Tips for Working From Home

Now that Coronavirus is spreading like wildfire and many of us our Self Isolating, Avoiding Crowds or Looking after children etc., many of us are now starting a new experience of Working From Home.

I myself have been working from home for many years so would like to share some of my Top Tips for Working From Home, as well as other Top Tips for Working From Home, that I have found online.

    Top Tips for Working From Home – 1

    Try and stick to a regular Working From Home Routine / Working regular hours where possible…

    Set a schedule, and try your best to stick to it…(most of the time).

    Having clear guidelines for when to work and when to call it a day helps many home workers maintain a work life balance. That said, one of the benefits of remote work is flexibility, and sometimes you need to extend your day or start early to accommodate someone else’s time zone or an increased work load etc.

    When you do, be sure to wrap up earlier than usual or sleep in a bit the next morning to make up for it. 

    Automatic time-tracking apps, such as RescueTime, let you check in on whether you are sticking to your schedule. They can also help you figure out what times of day you are most productive versus when you ease off.

    You can then use that information to your advantage by reserving your hours of high focus for your most important tasks.

    Top Tips for Working From Home – 2

    Create an effective Morning or Starting Routine…

    Deciding that you will sit down at your desk and start work at a certain time is one thing. Creating a routine that guides you into the chair is another.

    What in your morning routine indicates that you are about to start work?

    It might be making a cup of tea/coffee. It might be returning home after a jog. It might be getting dressed (wearing pyjamas to work is a perk for some, but a bad strategy for others).

    A routine can be more powerful than a clock at helping you get started each day.

    Not everyone who works from home follows a nine-to-five schedule, so whether you have a morning routine or a “getting started” routine (at another time of day), it good to get that routine in to your habits, so things just happen naturally, smoothly and regular.

    Top Tips for Working From Home – 3

    Set firm Rules with the people around you…

    You need to make sure that the people in your home or who share your space with, when you work understand the importance of your work and your routine and do not constantly interrupt you, invade your space, distract you are seek favours or tasks from you.

    If you have children who come home from school while you are still working, they need clear rules about what they can and cannot do during that time. Additionally, just because you are home and can let trade people into the house or take care of pets etc. doesn’t mean other family members should assume you can and will always do it.

    If that’s how you choose to divide up the domestic labor, that’s fine, but if you simply take it all on by default because you’re home, you may feel taken advantage of, and your productivity WILL sufferer.

    Top Tips for Working From Home – 4

    Remember to schedule and form habits for regular breaks in your Working From Home Routine, as you would in the office…

    Know your company’s policy on break times and take them.

    If you are self-employed, give yourself adequate time during the day to walk away from the computer screen, phone and everything else that you are doing.

    A lunch hour and two 15-minute breaks seems to be the standard for full-time employees. Keep yourself fresh and energised and you’ll be more productive.

    Top Tips for Working From Home – 5

    Take Breaks in Their Entirety

    Do not constantly cut short your breaks, especially your lunch hour. You can use apps, such as TimeOut for Mac and Smart Break for Windows, to lock yourself out of your computer for 60 minutes. Or you can just launch a simple clock or timer on the screen when you take a break. If you return to your desk after only 40 minutes, walk away for another 20 or take the additional 20 minutes at a later time.

    Top Tips for Working From Home – 6

    Where possible try and leave the house regularly (or at least the room where your working)…

    You don’t have to eat out every day, but try to leave your home or work space regularly. The same advice applies to people who work in traditional office settings, too. Leave the building at least once a day. Your body needs to move. Plus, the fresh air and natural light will do you good.

    You don’t have to go to crowded public spaces to get away from your solo workspace. Take a walk. Weed the garden, go networking – Just ensure that you get out fairly regularly.

    Top Tips for Working From Home – 7

    Don’t delay in getting what you need to work from home…

    If you’re employed by a company or organisation that supports your work-from-home setup, request the equipment that you need as soon as you start working from home, or within a day or two when you realise anything new that you might need. It’s extremely important to set precedents early that you will ask for what you need to get your job done comfortably, including the right monitor, keyboard, mouse, chair, printer, software, and so on.

    Organisations that are used to having home working employees often have a budget for home office equipment. Ask what it is and how often it’s renewed. It also doesn’t hurt to ask whether there’s a loan agreement or who will pay for return shipping or disposal of outdated equipment.

    If you are working from home unexpectedly due to coronavirus, ask for what you need within reason. You could be working from home for weeks on end and you should be comfortable, but ordering a new office chair and desk might be asking too much. Consider a mouse and keyboard, plus a back-supporting cushion instead.

    Top Tips for Working From Home – 8

    Keep a Dedicated Office Space in your home…

    In an ideal world, home workers would have not only a dedicated office, but also two computers, one for work and one for personal use.

    It’s more secure for the employer, and it lets you do all your NSFW activities in private. But not everyone has a separate office in their home, and keeping two machines isn’t always realistic. Instead, dedicate a desk and some peripherals only for work use. For example, when your laptop is hooked up to the monitor and external keyboard, it’s work time. When it’s on your lap, that’s personal time. You may want to go as far as partitioning your hard drive and creating a separate user account for work.

    Top Tips for Working From Home – 9

    Have a Separate Work Phone Number…

    Set up a phone number that you only use for calls with colleagues and clients. It doesn’t have to be a landline, second mobile phone, or even a SIM card. It can be a free VoIP service, such as Google Voice or a Skype number. Similar to some of the other tips, having a separate phone number can help you to manage your work-life balance.

    Top Tips for Working From Home – 10

    Use a VPN

    You should use a VPN whenever you’re connected to a network that you don’t control.

    That includes Wi-Fi at co-working spaces, cafes, libraries, and airports.

    Some organisations have their own VPNs that off-site employees need to use, to access certain servers or websites that store information meant only for internal use.

    In those cases, you’ll also need to use a VPN at home.

    In any case, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of leaving your VPN connected as often as possible because it’s always safer to have it on than not.

    Top Tips for Working From Home – 11

    Remember to still socialise with colleagues

    Loneliness, disconnect, and isolation are common problems in work from home, especially for extroverts.

    Companies with a work from home culture usually offer ways to socialise. With Self Isolation, Socialising doesn’t have to mean meeting up. There are other ways.

    For example, you can implement a chat channel where remote employees can talk about common interests or if the virus eases you can have Social distancing approved for people in the same region, and in-person retreats etc.

    It’s important to figure out how much interaction you need to feel connected and included. Even if you’re highly introverted and don’t like socialising, give a few interactive experiences a try so that you’re familiar with them if you ever decide you want them.

    If you’re not at a company with a strong remote culture, you may need to be more proactive about nurturing relationships.

    Top Tips for Working From Home – 12

    Still arrange and attend meetings regularly and when you do, ensure that you are involved

    Certainly, as a home worker you will be taking part in more video conferences and conference calls etc. but it’s a good idea to attend optional meetings sometimes, too. Be sure to speak up during the meeting so everyone knows that you are on the call and have your own input to make.

    Asking Questions, Reaffirming important tasks and A simple, “Thanks, everyone” or “Good Bye!” at the close of a meeting will go a long way toward making your presence known.

    Top Tips for Working From Home – 13

    Remember to still get Face 2 Face Time with your bosses or colleagues when you need it…

    If your employer is lax about getting you in a room with other employees or management, ask to have an annual or semi-annual trip in your contract. It could be for annual planning, training, or team building.

    Or add it on to some other business event, such as a yearly budget meeting, nearby conference, or office holiday party.

    Don’t wait around for someone to invite you to the office or an event. Be proactive.

    For those unexpectedly working from home who are also trying to reduce face-to-face contact, set up a video call with your colleagues or manager once a week (or how ever often required) in order to check in or keep up some level of contact.

    Top Tips for Working From Home – 14.

    Take Sick Days when needed…

    When you’re not well, take the sick time you need. If sick days are part of your compensation package, take the time off that you need. Not taking it is like throwing away money.

    If you’re a freelancer who doesn’t have paid sick days, it can be very easy to fall into the opposite time-is-money trap and try to power through illnesses.

    Keep in mind that sometimes it’s best to rest and get better so that you can be your most productive self in the long term.

    Top Tips for Working From Home – 15

    Still look for Training Opportunities…

    When you are not in an office with your fellow employees, you might miss out on training and skills development courses that are taught in person.

    Your company might even forget to add you to its online training courses. It can be tempting to regard this as a dodged bullet, but you might be missing out on an important opportunity to learn something useful.

    Speak up and make sure that you are included in any ongoing training.

    In addition to top-down training, you can request online or in-person courses, training, and coaching if you need it.

    For people who work from home for 100% of the time, look for learning opportunities that are taught at the company’s headquarters or your closest office. That way, you get training and face to face time with colleagues.

    Top Tips for Working From Home – 16 Keep Regular Communication…

    Working remotely requires you to keep regular communication. Tell everyone who needs to know about your schedule and availability often. When you finish a project or important task, say so. Regular communication doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to write an essay to explain your every move, but it does mean repeating yourself. Joke about how you must have mentioned your upcoming holiday three times already, then mention it again.

    Top Tips for Working From Home – 17

    Be Positive…

    I like succinct and clear messages, but I know that the less face time I have with people, the less they know how to interpret my tone in writing. When you work remotely full-time, you must be positive, to the point where it may feel like you’re being overly positive. Otherwise, you risk sounding like a jerk. It’s unfortunate, but true. So embrace the exclamation point! Find your favorite emoji :D. You’re going to need them.

    Top Tips for Working From Home – 18

    Take Advantage of Your Perks…

    Every year, I at some point take advantage of the Weather and/or some major sporting event. Why? Because I work from home and I can. Plus, I enjoy it.

    When I worked in an office full-time, I struggled to find the time to enjoy the weather or a major spirting event. As we don’t get good weather that often in the UK, when it comes, I take time to enjoy it (work load permitted) and do my work around it for a while. Working remotely comes with unique perks. Take advantage of them. You deserve it.

    Top Tips for Working From Home – 19

    Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself…

    The most successful remote employees have a reputation for being extremely disciplined. After all, it takes serious focus to do any full-time office job from an unconventional space. That said, everyone lets their attention drift sometimes. If you find yourself working one minute and booking flights for your upcoming trip the next, don’t reprimand yourself too harshly. Instead, ask yourself whether people in an office setting do the same thing. If the answer is yes, cut yourself some slack, then get back to work.

    Top Tips for Working From Home – 20

    Create an effective ending routine…

    Just as you should start your day with a routine, create a habit that signals the close of the workday. It might be a sign off on a business messaging app, a final email to the office, an evening dog walk, or a 6pm jog.

    Something as simple as shutting down your computer and turning on a favourite podcast or song will do. Whatever you choose, do it consistently to mark the end of working hours.

    Top Tips for Working From Home – Summary

    Make Your Working From Home Situation Personal To You…

    These are some of my Top Working From Home Tips and Some Gathered From the Web, but above all else, figure out what works best for you.

    Sometimes the answer is apparent, but other times you might need some inspiration from other people who are in the same boat.

    A supportive community of home workers does exist, whether you find them in your organisations communication channels or online through blogs or Twitter, there are people in the same boat that you can chat too.

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People Are Coming Up With Creative Work-From-Home Setups Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

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With the novel coronavirus forcing people to work from home to practice social distancing, many internet users have begun sharing creative setups of their working spaces at home.

“My partner and I are both working from our studio apartment. My setup is a chair in front of the front door and my desk is our clothes hamper,” Twitter user Jules Forest shared.

One user even posted a photo of a laptop on a recycling bin, forming a makeshift workspace. Another showcased a DIY standing area created by piling books on top of each other.

To make remote working a tad bit easier for you, here are some tips on how to be productive during self-isolated work hours.

In the meantime, here are some unique work-from-home setups.

Can we do a WFH workspace setup thread, unglamorous edition?

My partner and I are both working from our studio apartment. My setup is a chair in front of the front door and my desk is our clothes hamper. pic.twitter.com/5rVaqgkjjw

— Jules Forrest (@julesforrest) March 13, 2020

Was working from my recycling bin the other day 🤪✨ pic.twitter.com/PKEQ0TkMbk

— Josh Mateo (@joshmateo) March 13, 2020

New WFH desk 🏎💨 #LexusRCF pic.twitter.com/sbRJDk49ZI

— Venus (@vnusw) March 13, 2020

At home standing desk: #lifeHack #WFH 💻 #CoronaVirus pic.twitter.com/FTyu7crJ3F

— Keith Cordero Jr. (@kmcorder) March 12, 2020

innovation has no limits 😂🙏🏻 just made my temp wfh standing desk #wfhlife #Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/MlLHFhiyCF

— Laura Xu (@laura_rx86010) March 13, 2020

Today’s standing desk hack. And yes I’m in the bathroom. The laundry basket hack hurt my back. Easy access to wash my hands. #wfh #nomad #remotework #coronaviruschronicles pic.twitter.com/T4JsqPcB6F

— Mitali Chakraborty (@GoLeftMitali) March 10, 2020

The makeshift WFH standing desk of a humanities obsessive: pic.twitter.com/RiQ7XvXUk5

— Pedro (aka Peter) Luis Pérez-Zubizarreta (@wirechairs) March 13, 2020

I’m so thankful we bought this liquor cabinet 2 months ago – now serving as a critical standing desk as I work from home. pic.twitter.com/fPWbAkdDYB

— Brooklyn Tennessean (@patrickgipson) March 13, 2020

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Self Employed Tele Marketers

Self Employed Tele Marketers Required!

MA Consultancy & 333 Websites are looking to rapidly expand and are seeking additional self employed Tele marketing consultants to help us with this expansion.  We would be particularly interested in self employed marketers in Chepstow, Cardiff, Newport, Caerphilly, Pontypridd, RCT, Vale of Glamorgan & Bridgend in South Wales and Bristol or elsewhere in South West England.

Successfull Self Employed Tele Marketers / Marketing Consultant Candidates would be working from home

  • Candidates must have a proven track record in sales and/or marketing, must be conscientious, highly motivated enough to work along from home and innovative.
  • Own Computer, Laptop or Smart Phone is essential.
  • Full training in relation to all products and marketing strategies to be provided.
  • Marketing Consultants are able to choose whether to have the leads that they generate closed by themselves are by some of our Sales Consultants.

This position is for self-starters; commission arrangements and incentives are extraordinary.

  • Excellent networking, support and on-going training opportunities are provided.
  • Monthly sales meetings ensure all self employed sales & marketing consultants stay up to date in this rapidly changing environment.

All CV’s and enquiries to:

Mike Armstrong – maconsultancy1@gmail.com

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