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Resources for Working Remotely

It is important to take care of yourself, maintaining good mental and physical health, while working remotely. Keep connected and engaged by using the following resources and tools.

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Promoting self care and wellness Additional Resources

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Connecting with Others Read More

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Best practices for productive meetings Meeting Tools

  • Consider booking meetings for 20 minutes instead of half an hour and 50 minutes rather than a full hour to give time for people to stretch or have some transition time between meetings
  • When booking a meeting consider carefully if a meeting is required or are there other ways of sharing the information or getting input
  • Only invite those who need to be at the meeting
  • Wherever possible have a meeting agenda with time designated for each topic so the agenda can be completed on time
  • Consider phone calls for one-on-one meetings rather than video calls so people are freer to move around and can have some time away from their computer screen
  • Determine core meeting hours for your unit and then try to stick within those hours except for urgent or emergency issues
  • Wherever possible, try to keep Friday afternoons free of meetings to allow time for focused and uninterrupted work and preparation for the following week.
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Strategies to manage workload More on Prioritization

  • Consider ways to lighten workload, rethink due dates where possible
  • Prioritize your work. Try to gain clarity with colleagues or supervisors about what is urgent and what work can be deferred for a while. Treating every task as critical can lead to overwork and feelings of being overwhelmed
  • With each new project proposal determine team capacity, bandwidth and necessity/urgency of the work being done
  • Respect your time and the time of your colleagues and co-workers. Everyone has been stretched these past months, so try to remember that each person you interact with has also been under enormous pressure to work under tight timelines
  • Schedule some blocks of work time in your calendar to allow for planning or uninterrupted time to focus on assignments
  • Block a lunch break on your calendar and note time needed for family obligations
  • Consider Microsoft teams or other systems to help workflow and reduce the need for meetings
  • Distinguish between must do and nice to do assignments and projects