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Working From Home Doesn’t Have to be Spooky

By: Flavio Diaz, Career Community Ambassador

Although working from home is not an unknown concept for most, earlier stages of the pandemic changed our preconceived notions of what it means to “work from home.”

Many are now accustomed to and demanding the flexibility of remote work. Other organizations are pushing for a total return to office. The compromise is a hybrid workplace that blends remote work with in-person responsibilities.

These modalities of remote work are not going away any time soon. In fact, a recent McKinsey study indicated that corporate executives expect hybrid work to become the new standard of a healthy work-life balance. 

With that in mind, it’s best to prepare and learn about the practices that will allow you to be successful in the digital era of work. To fall into the holiday spirit, check out these scary things to avoid when you work from home:

  1. Don’t ghost your supervisor: Communication is essential to ensuring that everyone has a say in the conversation. Not only is this a way for your supervisor to hold you accountable, but it is the opportunity for you to learn and grow within your role. Make sure to adhere to your supervisor’s boundaries on communication and meet the requirements for engaging.
  2. Don’t work from the graveyard: I hope none of you are doing this in a literal sense, but figuratively speaking, you should avoid working from a place that may kill your productivity. Avoid working in spaces where non-work duties prevail. Instead, provide yourself with a space dedicated to your work. Take the time to gather and arrange the equipment that you may need to be successful in your role.
  3. Don’t let work haunt your personal life: Just as it may be tempting to complete personal tasks while you’re working, it’s easy to idly complete tasks from your home when you’re supposed to be done working. It’s best to set boundaries on appropriate times for work and personal matters. For your own mental health, it is recommended that you create some physical space between you and stressors that are not appropriate to the time you are deciding to utilize.
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