Burkhardt & Co. conducts research for clients of varying sizes across industries. We take particular interest in two topics: Remote Work and Small Business.
“Remote Work” (WFH)
COVID-19 remarkably increased in the number of people who are working remotely – with some of that increase likely to be permanent.
Some people find that remote working “works” for them and are joining the ranks of those for who find working-from-home to be an appealing option. Yet, the networking opportunities and “workplace chatter” of the office are both useful and lacking at home. Therefore, we are offering – and inviting remote workers to – Burkhardt & Co.’s Remote Work Chatroom.
Learn more about remote work via articles and resources curated by Burkhardt & Co.:
- 9 tips to be productive when working at home during COVID-19 (Forbes)
- Working from home: must-have home office devices (PC Magazine)
- Coronavirus: How to work from home, the right way (BBC)
- Coronavirus could force teams to work remotely (with communication tips) (Harvard Business Review)
- Our favorite remote workspaces and why they are effective (Hubspot)
- Working from home productivity tips (Inc.)
- Remote working articles (LinkedIn)
- Making the leap from 9-to-5 to self-employed (Simply Business)
- Tips on staying sane and healthy while working from home (KIRO, Seattle)
- Eight security tips for working remotely (CI Security)
- How to look professional on camera when working from home (Depict data studio)
- Keeping a team motivated remotely (HBR)
- Working from home: how to take better breaks to boost productivity (PC Magazine)
- How to host a cocktail party on Zoom (Medium.com)
- Majority of remote workers are more productive and communicative (ZDNet)
- Twitter says staff can continue to work from home permanently (TechCrunch)
- Five ways leaders can support remote work (MIT Sloan)
If you need support in the transition to working from home, contact us.
BENEFITS OF “WORK REMOTELY”
- No commuting
- Manage your own work environment
- Enjoy your own company!
OVERCOMING CHALLENGES OF WORKING REMOTELY
- Be clear about employer expectations for work goals. See Harvard Business Review’s relevant article.
- Communicate, communicate, communicate. Communicate with your employer and/or clients regularly. This keeps you – and them – “in the loop” on everything from the status of projects to networking and industry news.
- Create a routine. Have a set work area at home and have a schedule.
- “But I’m an extrovert.” See plans to overcome social isolation, below.
- Don’t experience social isolation:
- Work occasionally at coffee shops (as feasible). In some communities, there are coffee shops where “working remotely” individuals congregate – networking and socializing opportunities! Remote workers go to coffee shops with varying degrees of frequency – from daily to once-in-awhile.
- Engage in your employer’s virtual meetings
- Participate in online meetings offered in your network (Zoom, etc.)
- Attend professional networking events (industry associations, etc.)
- Connect more actively with social networking platforms
- Use your telephone. Engage with personal social occasions to keep in touch with family and friends
- Get out to local parks and libraries (“my lunch hour”)
Burkhardt & Co. is currently developing content here to support small business.