Tips & Tricks for Working From Home

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Hi, I’m Ali, HR Manager based out of our Richmond, Virginia office. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been working from home in an effort to avoid the risk of contracting and spreading the virus throughout our communities. Our People team recently shared the below tips with our global staff on keeping effective and productive while working from home. I hope these tips can be useful to you as well!

Best Practices

  • Touch base with your manager regularly. Whether it’s a formal check-in, or impromptu sync, this will ensure you’re both in the loop on updates, progress, deadlines, etc.
  • Ensure trust and reliability are top priorities. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure our company continues to be a great place to work. Without trust and reliability, we fall short of that mission. Let others know when you’re going to get something done, and then stick to your word. If you can’t deliver on time, communicate early and proactively.
  • Tone doesn’t always translate on our virtual collaboration platforms. Use emojis to help communicate your tone and intent ?.
  • Consider turning on your video chat. Having your video on during meetings helps maintain a sense of connectedness.
  • Spend more time clarifying objectives and direction. Working remotely forces you to be more thoughtful on how you communicate and understand expectations. Don’t be afraid to ask clarifying questions.
  • Save important updates and information for team meetings so nothing is missed. This forum allows two-way communication to ensure everyone is on the same page.
  • Utilize your company’s collaboration channels. Every day, we use Microsoft Teams and Yammer to keep connected and stay in the loop. We share anything from important company updates to photos of our furry coworker(s) on these channels!

Protecting Our Culture

Our core values – Agility, Passion, and Teamwork – are at the heart of everything we do at AvePoint, and that doesn’t change when we’re working from home.

  • Agility: In this time of change and flexibility, embrace impromptu meetings. Don’t feel like you have to wait for a scheduled meeting to provide an update, ask for clarity, or pivot on a project.
  • Passion: Continue to champion each other. Be intentional about recognizing those that are working on a cool project, helped you out recently, or just to say thanks. This can be a public or private display of appreciation.
  • Teamwork: Avoid silos. Just because you CAN do it on your own, doesn’t mean you should. Collaboration breeds teamwork and everyone is just a Microsoft Teams call away!

WFH Wellness

Some may find remote work to breed restlessness and even effect their mental health. To combat this, we suggest a few of these options:

  • Prioritize good work-life balance habits. Separate work and personal time by having hard stops at the end of the workday. Have scheduled PTO? Go and enjoy yourself. Feeling sick? Take a sick day. Work-life balance is key to maintaining productivity and engagement.
  • The research says productivity and morale increases if you dress for success. Don’t believe us? Change out of those pajamas and experience it for yourself.
  • Take breaks. Avoid working through lunch and stick to your usual 5-minute mental breaks. Use breaks to unplug whether it’s taking a walk, reading a book, or snuggling up with your pet.
  • Move for at least 30 minutes a day! Physical activity has a direct impact on good mental health.
  • Make sure you’re set up to work in a way that is kind to your body! Do not strain your neck, remember to take regular breaks, and use a chair that offers back and knee support.
  • Rely on your personal support systems. Use this opportunity to call your family members, loved ones, and friends!
  • Avoid analysis paralysis. There is a lot of information that changes daily. It is important to stay informed but don’t overdo it.

I hope these tips and tricks have been helpful for you, and if you have additional suggestions, please comment below!

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