Q-Centrix: Tips & Tricks for Working Remotely
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Posted by: Abbey Kwiat
At Q-Centrix, more than 90% of our healthcare solutions team works remotely on a permanent basis. So, we’ve curated some of our community’s top tips and tricks to help you maximize your productivity and happiness while working from home!
1. Designate your space.
We know, we know, it’s super tempting to grab your morning joe and crawl back under your covers with your laptop. But, the work-from-bed approach is an enemy to productivity and your posture!
- Whether it’s a home office with four walls and a door or a corner of your home that’s yours, establishing your workspace will help you focus. In fact, it will signal to your brain that it’s time to get stuff done, helping you ignore outside distractions.
- And don’t forget about ergonomics. Place your feet on the floor, keep your elbows at 90 to 120 degrees, and face forward. We’re trying to keep ourselves well, after all!
2. Set a schedule. And boundaries.
Whether you’re home alone or have a small army running around, this will help you and those around you stay on task.
Your schedule might differ from a traditional 9-5 these days, especially if you have distracting surroundings. Map out what you need to do when, and put everything on your calendar.
- Then, tell your coworkers what to expect. Will you be away at 1pm to put the kids down for a nap? Are you working early and signing off early? Clear the plan with your manager and outline it for your team.
Help your family understand. With so many offices and schools closed, chances are you have a full house right now. Give your partner, roommate or children a sense of your schedule and availability by putting signs on your door or desk. Some of our team members use green- and red-light signs so that even their young children understand. Download a template here with one version already colored in, and another that's ready for your kiddos to color—by helping you get your home office set up, they’ll better understand the guidelines you’re establishing!
3. Smile for the camera!
Nobody will judge you based on the state of your hair or home right now, so turn on that video! Doing so will encourage others to use video, and will help establish stronger personal connections, which we’ll all benefit from during this time.
If you don’t have meetings scheduled, plan a virtual break, lunch or happy hour. Put a meeting on the calendar and do a round robin over a sandwich or glass of wine. It’ll lift at least one person’s spirits, guaranteed!
In the absence of a normal routine, you might find yourself more sedentary than usual. Here’s how to keep moving:
- If you have a fitness tracker, set a step goal. Even better, challenge your team to commit to the goal with you.
- Set a reminder every hour to do 10 jumping jacks or walk around your home.
- Try a 5-minute office yoga break—there are plenty online to choose from.
5. Practice gratitude.
Research shows that practicing gratitude creates positive emotions—which we all need more than ever right now. If you find yourself with a case of cabin fever or stress, take a few minutes to write down what you’re most grateful for. Then, if you’re comfortable, send it to your coworkers or share it in a meeting and encourage them to do the same.