Remote working, working from home, telework… no matter what you call it there are challenges to getting work done regularly away from the office.
- Check your tech – Make sure you have all the equipment you’ll need to work remotely. Chargers of all kinds, cables, webcam, and a computer with the right software loaded (a desktop or laptop will work).
- Develop a plan for work – Talk to your manager and identify those tasks that can be completed remotely and those that can’t. Make a plan to make your remote time as productive as possible.
- Dedicate a space for work – Not everyone has an office at home, but you don’t need a traditional office space to have dedicated workspace. It can be as simple as a particular chair at your kitchen table or a corner of the living room. Make sure it is comfortable and that you won’t be interrupted as you work.
- Maintain your schedule – Without a commute you may be tempted to work later into the evening or sleep in a little bit. Resist these temptations. Stick to your normal work schedule. This will make it easier for your co-workers to get in touch with you, and help maintain your work/life balance.
- Get dressed – By all means be comfortable, but make sure you get dressed as you would if you were coming into the office. This will put you in the right frame of mind, and save you from scrambling for that blazer when your boss drops in via video conferencing.
- Using Virtual Meetings – Virtual Meetings, powered by BlueJeans, is Wharton’s officially supported conferencing service. This article covers how to setup a Virtual Meeting. Note: Virtual Meetings can provide audio conference calls as well as video conferencing.
- A Guide to Remote Working – This guide covers all the technology you should have in place in order to successfully work remotely.
- VPN – While off campus you’ll need the Wharton VPN to connect to resources on campus (your network drives, for example). Learn how to install and configure the VPN client before you need it at home.
- Penn HR COVID-19 Remote Work Guidelines -Penn HR has gathered some University resources dedicated to remote work, including policy updates.