7 Tips for Working from Home
The school closure has brought a lot of change for all of us working in Highline. Some Highline staff continue to work on-site, others are adjusting to working from home, but all are working in new ways. That means we have to pay special attention to maintaining relationships with each other, our students and our families.
As we all struggle through this unexpected reality, here are some reminders about how our conduct while working at home impacts the community in which we work--and where many of us live.
Because staff are expected to continue working during the closure, staff email accounts should not be set up with “out of office” auto-replies. You are expected to regularly check and respond to email on workdays during work hours. Here are a few other email tips:
- Please limit the use of reply-all to times that it really matters.
- You can prevent others from using reply-all if you put the distribution list in the Bcc line when sending out large group communications.
- Use Bcc for emailing groups to protect the confidentiality of those who are included.
Have a designated space to work at home (it doesn’t have to be big!) Set up a schedule for your day--plan your goals and tentative timelines. Give yourself regular breaks and get up and move to keep yourself mentally and physically healthy.
Separate Work Life from Home Life
Set boundaries between your work and home life. Don’t constantly monitor your cell phone. Be conscious of using your Google drive and district login for work-related activities and conversations only.
Here are some simple reminders to keep meetings working well.
- Keep your mic muted unless you’re the one talking.
- Be conscious of what’s in the view of the camera.
- If you need to leave the meeting for a moment, excuse yourself and turn off the camera.
- Use the chat feature that can allow you to ask questions and give input.
- Use the reaction emojis to show agreement non-verbally
If you are a staff member who is charged with checking voicemail and returning calls, you can use this tool to block your Caller ID. How to Block & Unblock Caller ID.
Social Media Consciousness
With sharing and re-sharing, anything you post could end up being seen by students, families or community members. Please be mindful of the potential impact and adhere to our social media guidelines. Remember that the public is paying us to continue to work, so be aware of the impressions your posts may leave about how you are spending work time.
Ask for Help When You Need It
The Department of Technology Services has resources to help you get connected while working from home. The links below contain information on:
- Global Protect (Virtual Private Network – VPN), accessing file shares and printers from home
- Desk Phone Forwarding – For users that want to forward their phone to a cell phone
- Microsoft Office Online (O365 and password reset)
- Remote Desktop and Conference Call Options – Zoom, Teams and Skype
Thank you for the difference you continue to make in our student’s lives!