As most of us start our work weeks in our home offices, on our couches, or any quiet and available space in our homes, it can be a tricky transition to stay focused and productive. There are some V-Soft family members, however, that are used to the WFH lifestyle - our remote workforce. We asked some of our remote workers to give their tips and experiences working from home.
Chanin Seeger, Employee Relationship Manager
Way Enola, Pennsylvania
Chanin Seeger's work from home space
Chanin's Remote Working Tips
- Make sure you still get up at your normal time and do your morning routine
- Don’t work in your PJ’s.
- Walk away from your desk for lunch
"I'm not so concerned with the dog barking in the background but if someone could tell me how to get your child to not scream at the top of their lungs at the video game they are playing, I would be grateful."
Bari Pritchett, Senior Technical Recruiter
South Elgin, Illinois
Bari Pritchett's view from her office: Fox River
Bari's Remote Working Tips
- Get ready like you would to go into the office
- Have a quiet space with a door that shuts or a booby-trapped entrance
- Your office should be equipped: phone, desk, good lighting, PC
- Stay focused! Don’t get up to do that one load of laundry, dishes, etc. (this can wait, unless there is a little elf you don’t know about)
- Take a lunch break away from your desk, go for a walk with the dog, jog around the block, get the blood flowing
- Coffee and lots of it!
Audrey Sabatini, Business Development Manager
Audrey's Remote Working Tips
- Start early
- Define your space, separate work from home
- Commit to do “X” amount of calls and “X” amount of emails – so set small goals to complete
- Shake it up a bit! Plan to work on one project for 2 hours, then switch to another project for an hour, then another for 2 hours, etc.
- Commit to not answering any family or personal calls during the day, unless it's an emergency
- Know when to stop
"I have three dogs who are like children so they can be sound asleep and as soon as I get on a call, they will see a squirrel or something outside and begin to bark," said Audrey. "All of my clients are accustomed to this occasionally happening and are very understanding. If it’s a new client call, I typically begin by letting them know I have a zoo and all my four-legged babies are asleep, but that could change and if so, I will remove them promptly and close the door. It’s a nice ice breaker with a chuckle anyway and they then feel they are talking to someone real, someone who has challenges just like the rest of the world and it's all good!"
Tessie Henry, HR Specialist
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
Tessie Henry's assistant, Smokey helping with the paperwork
Tammy Simonetti, Director, Strategic Accounts
Tammy Simonetti's Work From Home Space
"Note my fur baby in the corner and my hand sanitizer by my side!"
Madhuri Krothapalli, Senior Recruiter
San Roman, California
"The very best part of WFH is not having to get ready to work and saving on the travel. You can start off work right in your PJs and since there is no travel, I think we can put in more hours of work. I'm less tired and exhausted as I'm not stuck in traffic especially in the Bay Area. When kids are off from school, sometimes I’d have to hush them to be silent but for the most part they behave."
If you have any work from home tips or can share photos of your space, view, or coworkers, the V-Soft family would love to see them!