Are you working from home due to COVID-19?

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Are you working from home due to COVID-19?

Right now, life may be feeling a little abnormal. After all, there are a lot of us who never thought about working from home — until now.

While some jobs cannot easily be performed from home, a surprising number can be thanks to the ease of modern technology. There are a ton of service jobs that can translate effortlessly to a laptop, and others that need only a little more hardware than that to do the same.

True, you won’t be able to enjoy your favorite water cooler conversations or an after-work happy hour. And some jobs simply cannot make the transition – no one can build a house or manufacture goods from home.

But if you can make the jump, it is easier than ever. Here is a crash course on how to make it work:

Set up a home office – It sounds easy, but make it separate if at all possible, to give you that “I’m at work,” feel.  Make sure you have some privacy with little interruption.

Research digital security measures – See if you need special cyber protection – especially if you have customer data on your computer.  Check with your employer to see if you are protected with Cyber Liability coverage.

Stay social – Use chat programs, video chats, and the phone to stay in touch with your colleagues

Balance – Set work hours and do not find yourself finishing that project at 9 pm if you have already worked all-day.

There is no doubt we find ourselves in unique and challenging times. So, in addition to the points above, remember to be kind to yourself, check-in on how you are handling your new situation, and do not be afraid to take more breaks than you normally would. Before long, you will be telecommuting from your home like a pro.