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Everything you need to know about working from home

20 Mar 2020

With many of us now getting used to working from home, here are some tips and insights to help you settle in.

Working from home for the first time and wondering how to deal with this change?

A good place to start is with these five tips for productivity and self-care. Keeping up productivity levels while working from home can be a challenge, whether you’re thinking about household chores, childminding or the distraction of home comforts. But making sure to take care of yourself and not get totally caught up with churning out work is also crucial.

That’s especially important given the current advice around social distancing. During this time, unearthing new avenues of communicating and staying connected to one another should be a priority. Here, we learned from researchers at the University of Washington how we can make sure we remain tethered to our family, friends and colleagues.

For carving out a virtual workspace for communication, there are a number of tools and tips that might come in handy. We spoke to the chief marketing officer of employee communication and engagement company Workvivo, Pete Rawlinson, to get some advice. He told us why remote workers should try to “mimic” typical interactions they might expect in the physical workplace.

With more staff working from home, managers might be feeling the pressure to keep everything ticking over. These insights from various experts in the field could help leaders navigate this sudden change of surroundings.

And one important measure you can take when working remotely is taking proper care of your laptop. Check out this infographic on how you can avoid unnecessary damage, from keeping your pets at a safe distance to knowing what temperatures are off-bounds.

Careers insights

Aside from remote working advice, we heard from different people about their careers to date this week. Trinity College Dublin student Kate Fullen, for example, told us about her journey to Silicon Valley, where she got the chance to learn from her student peers and inspiring leaders.

Meanwhile, Carolyn Sheridan, a BMS project management office specialist with a background in biotech, discussed how you can bring your passions together to land your dream job.

For anyone still on the lookout for their ideal role, Kerry could have something to offer. The Kerry Relocation Survey highlighted the region’s most attractive aspects, from quality of life to career opportunities.

In recruitment advice, we heard from Aon how AI is shaking up hiring processes, especially when it comes to improving diversity and inclusion. And from Hays, we learned about six key interview questions to ask if you’re seeking out truly productive candidates.

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Lisa Ardill
By Lisa Ardill

Lisa Ardill joined Silicon Republic as senior careers reporter in July 2019. She has a BA in neuroscience and a master’s degree in science communication. She is also a semi-published poet and a big fan of doggos. Lisa briefly served as Careers Editor at Silicon Republic before leaving the company in June 2021.

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