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Working alongside your partner during the COVID-19 pandemic may have brought new challenges to your lives — here’s how to navigate them.
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Microsteps for working from home in the new normal
MICROSTEP
Make a point of logging off from your remote work at the same time you would typically leave the office.

It’s easy to let your workday bleed longer when you don’t have your usual commute home, but it’s important to build in time at night to rest and recharge so you can work sustainably.

MICROSTEP
Take five minutes to set ground rules with your partner for working from home.

Doing work in a shared space has more potential stressors than you might realize. Minimize stress and surprises by agreeing on your work locations, how to respect each other’s space, when you’ll take breaks, and a signal for no interruptions.

MICROSTEP
Together with your kids, come up with a rule to help them understand when you’re available.

Maybe it’s a specific room, a colorful sign you make together, or a open/closed door that helps them understand when you’re working and when you’re not. A healthy boundary will make it easier for all of you.

MICROSTEP
Make a point of logging off from your remote work at the same time you would typically leave the office.

It’s easy to let your workday bleed longer when you don’t have your usual commute home, but it’s important to build in time at night to rest and recharge so you can work sustainably.

MICROSTEP
Take five minutes to set ground rules with your partner for working from home.

Doing work in a shared space has more potential stressors than you might realize. Minimize stress and surprises by agreeing on your work locations, how to respect each other’s space, when you’ll take breaks, and a signal for no interruptions.

MICROSTEP
Together with your kids, come up with a rule to help them understand when you’re available.

Maybe it’s a specific room, a colorful sign you make together, or a open/closed door that helps them understand when you’re working and when you’re not. A healthy boundary will make it easier for all of you.

MICROSTEP
If you’re a manager, make a point of reaching out to every member of your team once a day.

Even a quick hello will let your colleagues know you’re thinking of them, which helps them feel valued. You can also ask how their workload is feeling — since remote workers are harder to diagnose with burnout, this practice can help you keep an eye out for its signs.

MICROSTEP
Make sure you move throughout the day.

For example, walk around your home (or even around the room) while speaking on the phone.

MICROSTEP
Today, take five minutes to create a daily schedule for you and anyone else staying home with you, and put it where everyone can see it.

Sticking to a schedule helps you stay on task and focus, and the same is true for your children or other family members who are staying home. It will also give everyone clarity on when others need their space, like for a meeting or call.

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