WhiteSky Working From Home: Remote Consulting
The Coronavirus pandemic is affecting communities, businesses and families around the world.
Many of us are in the same boat and, in the midst of the uncertainty, our thoughts are with those affected by the virus; we express gratitude to those working tirelessly and selflessly on the front lines (and to those working at home in the back-office) to provide urgent care for people in need and, to those who are sick, extend heartfelt wishes for a full recovery.
At WhiteSky Labs, like many other businesses, the safety and wellbeing of our employees, clients and communities is our priority. We have implemented a mandatory work from home policy; due to the nature of our business, this transition has been relatively smooth. Our dedicated teams have been equipped to work remotely for over 5 years, providing our full scope of services successfully delivered with award-winning excellence, every time.
We understand that currently it is not an ideal situation and many questions may arise during your WFH transition. We may not have all the answers, but we would like to share some key tips to help us all stay safe, connected and productive in this rapidly changing situation.
Staying connected can feel challenging when the only options are to make a phone call or talk through a screen. Whoever it is you are trying to connect with, it’s important to remember that they are another human being.
It can be challenging for colleagues and clients alike to feel seen and heard in the digital world. Some of the things we do at WhiteSky Labs to ensure everyone is kept in the loop:
- Communicate with our colleagues and clients via video conference, phone, email. Enabling the video on a call gives a more personal touch than just initials or an icon – turn your camera on first to encourage others.
- Schedule a dedicated, daily video call for our the teams we would usually work with each day. Communications are key in times of uncertainty.
- Suggest this with clients who are newer to remote work. Block out time for regular catch up sessions – discuss how to solve issues as a team.
Top tech we use daily:
- A remote work day feels more connected with video calls and instant messaging
- Google Docs, Sheets and Drive for collaboration & storage
- For communication, video calls, recording, video sharing
- Packed with features and is fast with clear audio and video
- Record the calls so participants who cannot attend can listen in later
- Instant messaging, ideal for teams
- A single place for file sharing and attachments.
Trello / Jira / Confluence
- For PM tracking
- Team collaboration and knowledge sharing
- Free calls & messaging
Some of you will be working from home for the first time. For others, it’s a common occurrence. In all cases, the importance of staying productive is key – check out our 10 tips to stay productive while working at home. In the spirit of sharing, if you have any additional advice, let us know in the comments.
Our top 3:
- Organise your workspace. Your home wasn’t designed to be an office, make some adjustments and set yourself up for the coming weeks.
- Stick to your usual working schedule. Start and finish work at reasonable times, like you would if you were going into the office. A routine will make the WFH transition smoother.
- Go outside if you can. Just because you’re working at home doesn’t mean you have to stay inside all day.
Whether you’re at home or traveling, the WHO recommends practicing good hygiene to protect yourself against infection — by washing your hands frequently with soap or alcohol-based sanitiser, maintaining distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth. If you become sick, please seek medical attention quickly.
Find the latest information on the Coronavirus situation here.
John Hopkins University Interactive COVID-19 dashboard
You can also connect to us and join discussions about COVID-19 may affect your business plans. Start a conversation with us today about how we can help keep you connected.