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    Posted on Thomas.net by Stephanie Nikolopoulos

    "Welcome to Thomas Insights — every day, we publish the latest news and analysis to keep our readers up to date on what’s happening in industry. Sign up here to get the day’s top stories delivered straight to your inbox.

    When you begin working from home, you may feel a sense of freedom wash over you. You imagine having much more time now that you don’t have to commute or chat at the water cooler. In practice, though, you may come to find yourself feeling isolated, uninformed, and surprisingly less effective than normal — particularly if you've been assigned to work from home because of a traumatic event, such as the coronavirus outbreak.

    Here are six tips to maximize your productivity when working from home.

    1. Stay Connected
    One of the most important things to do when you’re working from home is to stay in contact with your team as well as any vendors and clients with whom you work. The lines of communication should remain as open as when you’re in the office — if not more so. You may want to consider starting your day off sending a “good morning” greeting to your colleague to let them know you’re at your desk and to keep morale up.

    Being connected keeps you up-to-date on the priorities of your company, which could be shifting rapidly during uncertain times. By having a pulse on the current needs of your manager, vendors, and clients, you’ll be better positioned to react in real-time. The social pressure to perform will also help you be more productive.
    Here are a few resources to help you stay connected to the office:

    • Phone — Don’t underestimate the power of the human voice.
    • Email — Your work email is a great way to send more formal messages.
    • Video conference — Being able to see the person you’re talking to personalizes conversations. RingCentral, Google Hangouts Meet, Skype, and Facetime are great options for video-chatting.
    • Instant messaging — Less formal than email, instant messaging is great for quick back-and-forth communications and can be set up for one-on-one or group chats. Slack,Google Hangouts Chat, and WhatsApp will keep you securely connected.
    • Webex — Webex is offering free insight and tools to get you and your company through the COVID-19 pandemic. They will help you create engaging webinars, deliver interactive online training, facilitate team collaboration beyond whiteboarding and file sharing, and much more." . . . [Read more at Thomas.net]