So here's the deal, fam the world is in a state of disaster. The dreaded monster that is Covid-19 has taken over our lives, and now we are in a national lockdown (no not a love lockdown, Kanye!) to try flatten the curve and beat this thing.
Now for some of us, this means we're doing the working-from-home thing. In a world of popcorn, Netflix and naps it's really hard to get into the working vibe! Here are some tips to help you get your boss lady/dude on:
1. There's no dress code You have to do whatever makes you the most productive! For example, some people like to shower and dress up like it's just another day at the office. Other people, like myself, like to get up, make a cup of coffee, jump back into bed and work. That's just what works best for me. You need to figure out what works for you – there's no right or wrong answer.
2. Hydrate! This isn't the time for a large bowl of Smarties (not coronavirus best practice, btw). You don't want to return to the world post-lockdown looking like you ate your previous self. Often, when you feel peckish, you're actually just thirsty! Keep different types of teas, coffees, hot chocolate, sodas, infused waters and fresh lemons on hand. You can even drink out of a mason jar and unlock your inner hipster.
3. Be flexible, but not a pushover Remember, because you're working from home your working hours could be a bit more flexible. If Tom from IT wants some copy done at 22:00, you still have the right to say 'no'. But, if it's urgent and your contribution will help in a major way, you do have the flexibility to say 'yes'. But also keep in mind that you don't have to answer every Whatsapp group message outside your working hours. It's all about balance come to an understanding with your manager and colleagues about working hours and expectations. This pandemic has made this both a physical and emotional time for everyone; you need to have some downtime to keep you sane.
4. Skype, Zoom and the dreaded conference call Announce yourself, you're important! Remind peeps that you're there and because you're hella considerate, tell them when you're going to mute yourself to minimise background noise. Just don't forget, and this is an important one, to unmute yourself when you actually have to say something.
5. Like dating, it's all about communication Keep your colleagues and mangers in the loop so that they are not stressed about your progress and they're aware of what you're doing. This also makes it easier to ask for advice or bounce ideas off of people.
Special shoutout to our police force, healthcare workers, supermarket workers, pharmacists, delivery workers and essential store staff! Not all heroes wear capes, and we'll never forget what you've all done for us during this pandemic!