Adjusting to remote work takes time, energy, and coaching. None of which was given to the employees who are now quarantined and forced to work remotely. How will they adjust to the new normal? Employees are scrambling to get a handle on working from home.
There is laundry to do, the kids want to play, you have a meeting in 15 minutes, and you are out of coffee. Working from home is not a walk in the park, it takes a different set of rules and structure than an office job does. With the average transition phase from office to remote work over the past week being one day, employees do not have the same tools and support they had in the office a week ago.
Take a page from the freelancer handbook.
Freelancers are some of the most effective remote workers in the industry, they have learned to manage work stressors at home and personal responsibilities at work. At this point in the global transition to isolated working styles we can all take a page from the freelancer’s experience as we make a transition to remote work but that COVID-19 has thrust upon us.