Working from home can lead to social isolation. The many people who have suddenly become unemployed because they were part time or contract workers have it even worse. These tips can help you avoid depression. Preparing your emotional and community support network is vital. People are tribal. We all need people. Talk with your family and get everyone on the same page, discuss roles, opportunities, and needs as this unfolds. Get to know your neighbors. See if you can organize conference calls to discuss resources that can be shared. Make sure to have phone and email contacts for people. Families …
Are you Social Distancing? Working from home? There are many online applications to video conference with people and stay in touch. I have used ZOOM for work conferencing for over a year. Below are some useful tips for video calls.
Video Calls: How to not look like an idiot
Appearance: Make sure you have good lighting, keep the angle at eye-level or slightly higher, and have a professional background. It might be time to take down the “Saturdays are for the boys” poster, anyways.
- Pro tip: You can activate a beauty filter on Zoom
Etiquette: Be mindful of where you’re looking when you’re lost in thought or talking. Mute yourself when you’re in large meetings, but don’t when you’re in small brainstorms. Call in from a quiet place and keep everything you need close by so you don’t need to leave the screen.
- Write talking points and reminders on Post-It notes attached to your screen.
- Quit out of any apps you won’t be using prior to the meeting.
Backgrounds: Try these fun ones for Zoom.