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Working remotely – the Struggle is real

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Remote Work in the Time of COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic is expected to fundamentally change the way many organizations operate for the foreseeable future.

As the effects rippled across the country, millions of people in the United States (and worldwide) experienced an unexpected shift to remote work, disrupting routines and creating new challenges like childcare, mental health, personal and public safety, and more. For companies like Microsoft, it also raised the question - how can we enable remote work for such a large workforce?

In this discussion, we explore the challenges, opportunities and side-effects of remote work asking: are organizations prepared for this sudden transition?

Some questions we hope to explore:

  • What do you think are the top 2 struggles/challenges for employees who are new to this situation?

  • What should those who aren’t accustomed to remote work do, to get psychologically ready for it?

  • How does working from home affect psychological health?

  • What can employers do to make sure that people are staying focused, committed, and happy?

Share your thoughts and questions in the comments below, then join us for a live discussion followed by Q&A with our panel!

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Join our panelists as we hear from the veteran technologists and remote workers on how working remotely is the new norm, and how we can all make the best out of it.Β 

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Piyali Dey πŸŒ₯πŸ₯‘

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Thanks for a great discussion all! So many great points. If I would impart takeaway advice based upon my own experiences, it would be this:

There are two key struggles that people deal with in work from home that can be exacerbated by the current crisis. The first is how to avoid distraction while at home. It is much easier for your personal life to bleed into your work or for temptation to distract you (I'd love to be gaming, for instance). The other side of this is how to create a good separation of work from your personal life. It becomes very easy for work to interrupt your personal or family life or to work until late at night. This can cause all sorts of problems - for me, my sleep suffers terribly when I work right up to bedtime. I deal with this by having a place designated place to work (having worked from the kitchen many years, I can attest to this being important) and having established work time versus home time. You can't eliminate distraction from either, but the goal is to limit it and allow yourself time to focus.

 

Thank you everyone for attending our panel today. Feel free to post your questions here.