While some in the Garden State are slowly returning to workplaces, many remain tethered to their home office. But whether due to company mandate or personal safety concerns, remote work isn’t all bad! Brigitte Gawenda Kimichik, author of Play Nice: Playground Rules for Respect in the Workplace, wants to urge everyone to think on the positives of working from home.
- SPENDING TIME AT HOME. It may sound on-the-nose, but don’t discount the comfort and convenience of working where you live. Whether it’s getting to lounge in comfy clothes or having your own private bathroom, you probably have more freedom in your house than your headquarters.
- FLEXIBLE TIME MANAGEMENT. Without a commute or official lunch hour, it’s easier for you to take little breaks in your day to exercise, have a bite to eat, run an errand, or just relax and clear your head. It’s also simpler to take care of household tasks one may have been neglecting.
- WORK SPACE LOCATION. While some find it challenging to divvy the house with a spouse or other working resident, it also provides opportunity. If you’re not bound to the same uncomfortable chair, why not work on your soft bed, on your couch, or out on your porch?
- LEARNING NEW SKILLS. Quarantine has forced many of us to learn new software and sites that let us work from nearly anywhere. Long-term, we may all be better-equipped to adapt when circumstances—from bad weather to missed flights—bar us from the office. Not being able to pop into someone’s cubicle every few minutes may also make us better at communicating more effectively over calls and emails.
- SAVING MONEY. Not spending money on gas, train fare, mid-day meals, or after-work cocktails is an opportunity to refocus our funds. Why not put a little more money away each month, or spend it on something you actually want?
To learn more about Brigitte Gawenda Kimichik, be sure to visit her website.
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