Bair With Us During Covid-19
As we continue to monitor developments regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the health and safety of our Bair families, staff, and visitors are our top priority. We want to make our fostering process as safe as possible. As the world and nation continue to respond to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Bair has been following the CDC’s suggestions and recommendations when it comes to taking care of our staff and children.
The CDC is recommending that businesses prepare for remote work as much possible. That means a lot of us are dealing with an unusual challenge: working from home for the first time, full-time. Fortunately, even without an advance plan, there are many things you can do to make working from home a success.
Keeping in Touch
Since the beginning of March, our employees started working from home with remote trainings and staying connected through computers, tablets, and cell phones. The weekly and daily messages from HR, our CEO, Susan Miklos and updates from PQI Director, Mindy Kiser are helping us all during this stressful time.
Chatting over messaging apps like Microsoft Teams (even just a quick “Hello!” when you sign on in the morning) and holding meetings over Zoom are two quick and easy ways to stay in the loop. However you connect, don’t let email be the only way you interact with your co-workers. As important as it is for people to discuss how they’re feeling, colleagues are also finding new ways to socialize and re-introduce some normalcy into the day.
Home Work Space
One of the biggest challenges we are facing as we work remotely is being able to separate work life and home life. Even if you don’t normally go to an office 5 days a week, it is important to have a space where you can focus and should feel as separate from the rest of your home as possible. Try to carve out a dedicated work area that’s free from distraction, or even a space that resembles your actual office, such as a corner desk or next to a window.
A few more tips to help your “home office” help you:
· Get a good chair: knowing you’ll be sitting there for about 8 hours during a work day, you want to make sure you are comfortable enough and not straining your neck and back.
· Make time to get up and walk away from your desk at regular intervals to stretch your legs.
· Make sure your work area is well-lit so you don’t strain your eyes.
Having a designated space can help you mentally feel as if you are in the office and being able to leave that space when the work day is over.
Stick to a Schedule
It’s easy to lose focus or feel isolated when working from home. When working from home it is important to establish your start time, breaks, and what time you’ll clock out for the day. Keeping a daily schedule really matters when working from home for many reasons. It gives your co-workers a definite time when they can reach out, helps you stay on top of your workload, and really helps separate the work and home life. Knowing you have a certain amount of hours to work and tasks to complete can help eliminate the distractions as well.
For more information and tips to get through this pandemic, check out these links: