In a time of social distancing and working from home, there are quite a few things that I have learned, the biggest thing is that I love my team.
This work from home thing really isn’t all that fun for me. I was about 7 weeks into my new job when we were informed about the new work from home process; and just like that, I was no longer able to see my coworkers ever day!
I wasn’t saying “good morning!” or “hey!” to my coworkers every morning. I was no longer attending team nights every Monday night, hanging out with everyone and getting to know them outside of an office environment. I was no longer doing 4 PM yoga in the office with Anne. We were no longer cracking jokes with each other.
The routine that I finally got used to was suddenly gone. I was a little confused as to what to do.
The transition from working in an office to working from home was a little tough, but it taught me to value the time that I have with my coworkers. Besides being grateful for my social team, I have also already learned a lot about how to efficiently work from home:
1. Sticking to a routine is very important
I won’t lie, the first few days working from home I had no routine or schedule. I was working and taking breaks sporadically throughout the day. I found myself taking longer breaks than expected and really unmotivated due to a lack of structure for my day.
I was used to a strict schedule and holding myself accountable to that rather than just trying to figure out what to do during the day. With the help of some of my co-workers, I was able to come up with a schedule that works best for me when working at home.
Doing this helped me stay efficient while also taking the proper breaks that I needed throughout the work day.
2. Holding yourself and others accountable
Working from home means that no one is physically there to check in on you when you probably need it the most. I’ve seen SnapChat and Instagram stories of people “working from home” but really sipping on some wine with their computer open. If that’s all you need to do to successfully work from home, then props to you!
For me on the other hand, I still had to be very active and keeping in contact with my coworkers to ensure that all of our current operations can run as smoothly as possible.
I’m not just working because I have to, I’m working because I have an obligation to my career AND my goals. I’m going to give 100% whether I’m working in the office or working from my home office.
3. Team work makes the dream work
Our leader’s and sales departments have been conducting meeting via Zoom. This is a different department than mine, so I had never attended before.
Last week was my very first meeting and it did NOT go how I was expecting.I was pretty lost my first time. Most of what was being covered I haven’t been exposed to because it is not a direct connection to my field.
Since then, then leaders team have done a great job training me and teaching me the fundamentals of their department and getting me up to speed, as if they would train a new addition to their department!
4. How much our organization cares about everyone
Every single day we have multiple Zoom calls with many different leaders within our organization. . Each call is aimed at keeping us educated, active, and motivated in such an uncertain time.
In the mornings we had breakouts to create a handbook of how to develop someone – filled with different activities to apply to multiple types of learners. We also get to meet with speakers from multiple fields daily to improve our leadership and entrepreneurial skills.
Overall I have been impressed with how much the team cares about us, and also about the new people we hire. We are creating a handbook and practicing every day on how we can improve and better help people hit our goals! Everyone is doing their part to make sure that we will be running smoothly once we are back in action!
Julianne Torres, but PLEASE call me Jules
Goal: Brand Optimization Manager
College: Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Hogwarts house/magical race? : Gryffindor/ Half-blood
Favorite song: Midnight City - M83
FUN FACT: I have 8 chickens and a cat!
Here are a few things you should know about me:
I am fairly new to the working world; I never really saw myself working in an office. I’ve really only held part time jobs while continuing my education. I was a swim coach for a few years as well as an after school teacher for one of our local elementary schools.
For the longest time, I thought I wanted to be a teacher; I loved working with kids and being able to share my knowledge with them. If you had asked me last year what I would be doing in April 2020, I likely would have probably said that I would be finishing up my Master’s degree, and preparing to start student teaching in the fall.
Now, here I am, a year later, I have changed on a completely different paths. than where I thought I was headed. I took a shot in the dark. I never thought working in an office was something that suited me, but one day, I decided that it might be something that I wanted to try.
I ended up at a company where I enjoy coming into work with my team everyday.