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Working from home: supporting your workforce

Working from home: supporting your at-home workforce

Working from home on the sofa in pajamasI’ve been working from home since the early 90s;  sporadically at first and then full time since 2004-ish.  My first at-home computer was a Compaq 386 “luggable”, carted home for me from Wall Street on the LIRR by a colleague who parked at the same train station. It was about the size and weight of a portable sewing machine, and it was awarded to me by management so I could avoid motion sickness during chemotherapy. I quickly found that I had the personality and self-discipline to be productive while working from home. I’ve had consistent, long-term success with remote work. I’ve seen it similarly succeed in others, but fail for many.

Right now, working from home is necessary

The COVID-19 pandemic has now driven a mass-migration of staff out of the corporate office and into the home office.  Many of these newly-remote workers have never worked from home before.  In addition to general inexperience with the situation, there are several other factors at play that can produce undesired results.

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Practice Safe Computing – The Roundup 08-23-2015

“Woman Sitting On Briefcase” by Ambro |FreeDigitalPhotos.netPractice Safe Computing – The Roundup 08-23-2015

It has been a very busy (read: billable) week here in the land of freelance ambiguity.

I’ve bought and installed a MUCH more ergonomic desk in the home office. My beautiful antique oak school teacher’s desk just wasn’t designed for hours and hours of computing time. Ergonomics and body mechanics while computing are just as important as firewalls and virus scanners.

The new desk arrived just in time. I’ve been embroiled in a big, juicy project, and my non-profit work is spinning along, too. I’ve promised myself a massage just as soon as the project is turned in. Oh, and I’m a year older than the last time you heard from me. The new desk and the massage are birthday presents to myself.

Here’s a sample of what I felt compelled to share this week:

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Brick & Mortar Breakout: Finding your freelance community

2014-12-17 BREAKOUTBrick & Mortar Breakout: Finding Your Freelance Community

The holidays are a time of year when freelancers might wax nostalgic for an office environment. Working for a brick & mortar establishment comes with a built-in professional network. As freelancers, our offices house a party of one.  There aren’t any cubicle walls over which to prairie-dog companionably with colleagues.

How, then, to get your professional holiday party on? Continue reading Brick & Mortar Breakout: Finding your freelance community

Working from home, self-discipline, and social independence

Home Office 011720113125Working from home isn’t for everyone; actually, if you ask Marissa Mayer or Jamie Dimon, working from home isn’t for ANYONE.  Despite their opinions on the subject, there are those of us who, whether freelancing for ourselves or telecommuting for someone else, can work from home and consistently outshine our office-dwelling counterparts.

What’s our secret?  I’ve identified two things about me that probably typify the successful telecommuter. Continue reading Working from home, self-discipline, and social independence