By: Ashley Edwards
In these unprecedented times, many of us may be working outside of our comfort zones. Here are a few times to manage working from home and some IT ideas that can make team collaboration easier during these times.
- Create a designated area for your work space: Designate an area where you can shut the door as needed, especially at the end of the day. Avoid using the bedroom for office work.
- Maintain regular hours: Set a schedule and stick to it as much as possible. Create an hour for lunch and two 15-minute breaks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
- Create a To-Do List: Create a list at the end of each day for the following day. It's helpful to use these three categories: 1) Must Do, 2) Should Do, and 3: Do DO
- Working at home can be distracting: It's helpful to set a timer for 15 to 20 minutes to concentrate on a task. Whatever time you set, make sure to get up from your desk after that amount of time to stretch.
- Set Ground Rules for your space: Friends and family tend to think if you're home, you're available. Be sure to remind them that you are working and will catch up with them when you are free.
Invite everyone you work with to chat, meet, call, and collaborate in one place, no matter where you are. Microsoft is now offering Teams free for a limited time.
- Unlimited chat and search app
- Video Calling (Built-in group and one-to-one audio/video calling)
- Team and personal storage (SharePoint and OneDrive)
- Real-time collaboration with office (Web enabled Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote)
- Implement a low-cost gateway allowing secured remote access to your desktop computer in the office.
- Web enable applications such as QuickBooks, Sage, Dynamics, etc. that are used on your office network.
- Use Web based applications such as Google Mail, Office 365 or Outlook WEB access to access your email.