Tips for Working From Home
Many employees find themselves working from home as a result of coronavirus. This means setting up an efficient home office, getting used to web conferencing and telework tools, and maintaining a new healthy work/life balance. Here are tips and tools that can help you adjust to remote work.
To start, here are 8 tips for working from home from NPR's Yuki Noguchi.
Video Conferencing Resources:
From Zoom to Skype to Google Meet, there are many resources available to conduct virtual meetings and stay contact with teammates and co-workers.
Zoom is a conferencing tool that provides video and audio meeting capabilities, and can be used on desktop and mobile platforms. While it's easy to use, and gives you the option to create a fun custom background for your video, Zoom meetings have recently become a target of harassment, which is something to be aware of.
How to use Zoom »
Slack is a quick and simple alternative to email that allows entire organizations or smaller teams to stay in constant contact.
How to use Slack »
Skype is another video conferencing tool that can host visual or audio meetings.
How to use Skype »
These are just a few of the many teleconferencing options available. Here is a list of more video conferencing tools, including features and subscription prices where applicable.
While banks remain open in Connecticut, many companies are encouraging the use of online banking options whenever possible. Contact your banking institution or visit their website to find out what online services they offer.
Here is more banking information regarding coronavirus, from FDIC »
FILING YOUR TAXES:
Tax season has been extended until July 15 due to coronavirus, although taxes can still be filed in the meantime. Like banks, many tax specialists and accountants offer online services, so contact your preferred tax prep company to find out what's available.
Here is tax filing guidance from AICPA »
POSTAL & DELIVERY SERVICES:
The US Postal Service, delivery companies like UPS and FedEx, and food and grocery delivery services such as Uber Eats and Postmates are still operational. So are courier services, which can be another useful tool in keeping business moving despite the coronavirus crisis. Here is Yelp's list of top rated delivery and courier services in Connecticut »
Can't Work from Home?
If you work an essential service job and cannot work from home, OSHA's coronavirus resource page includes safety guidelines regarding current conditions.
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