Coronavirus Pandemic: Working from Home, The Times They are a-Changin’

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by Mike Sparks

Bob Dylan once wrote, “The Times They Are a-Changin’.” Dylan recalled writing the song as a conscious attempt to create an American anthem of change for the times he was in 1963. During an interview in 1985, he told Cameron Crowe, editor of Rolling Stone, “This was definitely a song with a purpose. It was influenced of course by the Irish and Scottish ballads …’Come All Ye Bold Highway Men’, ‘Come All Ye Tender Hearted Maidens’. I wanted to write a big song, with short concise verses that piled up on each other in a hypnotic way. The civil rights movement and the folk music movement were pretty close for a while and allied together at that time.”

The Scotch-Irish are certainly known their spirit of freedom and liberty and a little disdain for the status quo.

Due to the corona-virus there is a heightened sense of uncertainty, there’s no doubt that, “The Times They are a-Changin’.

I recently asked some older gentlemen that I know if they have seen anything like this and they all say, “absolutely not!.”

Many have been asked to work from home due to the global spread of corona-virus or as some call it, COVID-19. The CDC is recommending employees to stay home and work from home if possible to help contain the virus.

Due to the fear of corona-virus there have been major conference cancellations, including Google I/O, Apple WWDC, Microsoft Build, E3, NAB, Dell World and more.

Sporting events including the PGA Golf Tour, NBA, NHL,Major League Baseball and more have cancelled events.

Governors of 15 states have taken dramatic state-wide steps ordering all bars and restaurants to be closed for dine-in service. Only carryout and delivery, in many cases are be permitted.

The Mayors of major U.S. cities have ordered the same response.

There’s no doubt that the corona-virus, is keeping people at home and will have a major adverse impact on our national economy.

The concept of working from home may be new to many. The corona-virus will cause many to consider working remotely.

If you considering working from home below are 11 tips and advice that may help.

1. Keep Regular Hours

Develop a schedule and stay with it.

2. Develop a Routine

Make a cup of coffee, exercise, read the morning news and more.

3. Have a Good Internet Access and Stay connected

Video conferencing requires a good Internet connection and many working from home are using it.

4. Create a comfortable productive Workspace

Design a workspace area to help you focus and increase your productivity.

5. If you have children, prepare for disruptions.

If you have children at home, it may be difficult to get work done. It’s even harder with younger kids and infants.

6. Take Frequent Breaks and Get Plenty of Fresh Air

Open up your windows to allow fresh air and sunlight, consider taking short walks.

7. Stay In-touch with your colleagues.

Whether you work as an individual or as a team consider regularly checking just like you would in the office. Webcams can be of great value. They can also help with the sense of isolation. Set up regular check-ins via phone or video conferencing like Skype, Zoom or  FaceTime.

8. Set Ground Rules With the People in Your Space

Develop some ground rules with other people in your home. If you have children set clear rules when they come home from school while you’re still working.

9. Discourage personal intrusions

Hopefully, you don’t have visitors who show up to chat.thus interrupt your work. many times well-intended friends, family members and neighbors may see working from home as different. Avoid those constant Interruptions at all-cost.

10. Keep a Good Attitude

Stay creative, be alert and don’t let your confined work space negatively affect your happiness or productivity.

11. Develop your Skills and look for training opportunities

Since you’re not in an office environment with your fellow employees, there may be times that you might miss out on training and skills development courses. Consider seeking learning opportunities to develop your skills and learn something useful. Let your boss know that you are looking to grow and develop your abilities.