WFH 101: Tips and tricks from the home front as tech workers go remote during coronavirus crisis

Tech corporations in the Seattle area have gone to nice lengths in recent times to construct fancy places of work stuffed with quite a lot of perks to entice individuals to come back work for them fairly than a competitor. Generally the recruiting recreation even makes point out of a coverage permitting “remote work” when vital.

That latter level can be put to the check in the coming weeks as hundreds of workers from Amazon, Microsoft, Fb, Google and many extra corporations have been instructed to work from home during the escalating crisis round coronavirus.

It’s one factor to remain home now and then and reply some electronic mail from your cellphone or end a mission along with your laptop computer propped on a pillow in mattress. However being away from the technical comforts of labor — together with in-person interactions with co-workers — for such an prolonged interval will demand a extra regimented construction on the subject of home workspace, gear, etiquette and extra.

The Wall Street Journal printed an ideal ideas column Thursday morning that touches on loads of the hoops that the WFH (work from home) newbies ought to be ready to leap by means of. The piece highlights every thing from dependable web connections, a number of screens, drowning out noise and distractions, muting your mic on calls and extra.

Microsoft’s Scott Hanselman has been working remotely for 13 years and has a slew of ideas and tricks to share, too, as he did in this blog post. “I’m deeply conscious of the privilege now we have as tech/desk workers to have the ability to do our jobs remotely,” Hanselman mentioned. “I’m additionally (dare I say) wanting ahead to what I imagine can be a dramatic improve in Remote Employee Empathy on the a part of the in-office of us.”

On the Microsoft 365 weblog, the firm shared a letter from a worker in Shanghai coping with difficult occasions in China, and what she thought-about key classes for “profitable and sustainable remote work.”

The geeks at GeekWire have been recognized to WFH from time to time and provided up some fast finest practices, too:

GeekWire Editorial Operations Director Cara Kuhlman’s home is a ship, so she will get to make use of “WFB” when she’s not at the workplace. No matter location, she floats extra nice remote work ideas our manner:

Glassdoor, the job opinions web site, provided tips for managers who’re main remote groups as properly as tips for employees who’re working remotely.

Kieran Snyder, CEO of the Seattle augmented writing startup Textio, appropriately centered on the care that ought to go into written communication as workers are unfold out away from the workplace. In a 14-tweet thread, Snyder highlighted the significance round a “tradition of belonging.”

1 Like many different groups, we regularly work collectively in particular person. As we do extra remote work in gentle of #COVID19seattle, we will do extra and extra of our work in writing.

This poses a singular alternative and problem for constructing and sustaining a tradition of belonging. Thread >

— Kieran Snyder (@KieranSnyder) March 5, 2020

Others on Twitter had been sharing their very own ideas or observations about the WFH scenario, in Seattle and past:

To all the of us who’re used to going to the workplace however now need to WFH for the subsequent 3 weeks, welcome. I’ve been wfh for the final 3 years & my one recommendation is:

Rise up. Bathe. Get out of PJs and don’t work fr the mattress. When you’ve got a desk, nice. If not, go to the kitchen desk.

— C:hristina ????????‍???? (@divinetechygirl) March 5, 2020

Day one in all necessary Work From Home. I’ve already arrange my home workplace, grown a full beard, burned all my pants, and my spouse has filed for divorce.

— Invoice Barnes (@billba) March 5, 2020

#MicrosoftTeams professional tip: Not solely are you able to blur the background, you may add customized pictures: #MicrosoftLife #DunderMifflinLife #WFH pic.twitter.com/95cfYw8jxs

— Rob Wolf (@thatrobguy) March 5, 2020

WFH Day 2 Unlock: Made banana bread with the 3yo during what would have been my commute home. pic.twitter.com/zT2zGIwK3E

— Amrita Ahuja (@AmritaAhuja) March 5, 2020

Day 3 WFH observations:
– meals on the cabinets disappears in a short time when consuming all 3 meals at home
– I’ve gotten to know 3 neighborhood birds. 2 pigeons who stroll up the block in the afternoon collectively and a crow who visits the window each day. I take into account them colleagues

— Patrick Traughber (@ptraughber) March 4, 2020

Most of my roommates at the moment are necessary WFH it looks like our personal coworking area ????

— Laura Gao ✌️ (@heylauragao) March 5, 2020

breaking: new grad software program engineers throughout san francisco, requested to work from home because of coronavirus precautions, start succumbing to hunger in giant numbers as a result of none of them know cook dinner

— stephanie (@isosteph) March 1, 2020

Me after my first day of WFH pic.twitter.com/FGj4FsYTNi

— Kyle ????️‍???? (@kyleve) March 4, 2020

For those who’re a WFH professional or it’s all new to you, share your ideas or considerations in the feedback under. Or point out @GeekWire in a tweet. 


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