How to make friends with coworkers when everyone’s working from home

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It’s still possible to bond with your colleagues, but you may have to change your approach. Love them or hate them, your coworkers have a big influence over how much you like your job. While they may have less impact when you’re working at home, since you’re not necessarily affected by somebody fun or annoying sitting next to you, work relationships still matter, says Shasta Nelson, author of The Business of Friendship: Making the Most of Our Relationships Where We Spend Most of Our Time . Read Full Story

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Find a balance working from home with your spouse, without driving each other apart

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Manage the reality of working alongside your husband or wife, while maintaining your household’s harmony. The coronavirus outbreak has forced many of us to work from home, and while we love our spouses and partners, we may be spending more time with them than we’re used to. Managing work and life is about delineating boundaries, aiming for career success, and juggling all of your life demands. Read Full Story

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4 ways to squeeze in social time while working remotely

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Seeking out casual interactions may be the one remote work habit we’re neglecting. If you’re working remotely and living in a home overflowing with people 24/7, you may find yourself thinking creatively about how you can find a corner away from the distractions. On the other hand, if your life is a little too quiet right now or you’re just looking for new social outlets, there are ways you can integrate social interaction into your workdays—and still get stuff done. Read Full Story

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How to design your post-COVID-19 life

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“When the world gets back to whatever the next normal may be, do you want your life to be the way it was before, or are there things you’re learning?” For some of us fortunate enough to be able to stay at home right now, this period of social distancing provides a chance to slow things down and focus inward. Juggling family and work may not be easy, but certain distractions from the outside world have eased up, leaving time to reflect on what’s working in our lives as well as what’s not. Read Full Story

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It’s time to build a more thoughtful work-from-home strategy

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Companies are in remote work mode for the long haul. But some have not moved, policy-wise, beyond the early days of the pandemic. It’s time to change that. As companies from Nationwide to Twitter are instituting permanent work-from-home policies in response to the pandemic, plenty of employees are left wondering if this is really what they signed up for. Remote collaboration, a laptop on a kitchen table, and no social time with coworkers isn’t working for everyone–even if it’s technically possible. Read Full Story

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These well-designed desk chairs will instantly improve your home-office setup (and your posture)

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Sitting at home for 40 hours a week isn’t so bad with these comfortable, trendy office chairs. The weeks have stretched into months as we have all adapted to working from home—and chances are, you’re not going back into the office full-time anytime soon. Many companies (read: Google, Viacom, Amazon, Facebook, and others) have extended work-from-home policies all the way to next year. So why not spruce up your space and treat yourself to a work-from-home setup that you want to spend 40 hours a week in? Read Full Story

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This is how we start to break the mental health stigma at work

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On this week’s episode of ‘Secrets of the Most Productive People,’ we talk about the mental health struggles so many of us are facing right now—and how to bring it up with your manager. Nearly three months into living under stay-at home orders, many of us are feeling the strain of being in a constant state of anxiety and uncertainty. Millions of workers across many industries have lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet. Essential workers continue to put themselves at risk so the rest of us have access to groceries and healthcare. Many people are grieving the loss of loved ones from afar. And those who are fortunate enough to remain employed and work from home face their own challenges: Some people are quarantined alone and isolated from friends and family, while many working parents are juggling full-time childcare with a full-time job. Read Full Story

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