Working Remotely

Our Professional Development Series includes sessions on related topics.

Adapting to a virtual workspace

Tips for Working Remotely

In this Linked In Learning course, learn how to work remotely and remain connected to your organization. Coach Todd Dewett reveals how you can create a productive work environment at home by structuring your day correctly, dedicating a space to work, and avoiding distractions. Once your workspace is established, he shares best practices for staying in touch with your colocated team. Last, he addresses the most common challenges encountered by remote workers: feeling isolated, navigating office politics from afar, and communicating virtually.

Managing Time and Setting Boundaries

A short webinar offered by Reliant Behavioral Health that offers guidance on working from home during COVID, with advice about: starting your day, creating a schedule, understanding your productivity, time-off, and boundaries.

Remote Work Foundations

In this Linked In Learning course, Coach Mike Gutman from FlexJobs shows how to use today's cloud-based communication and collaboration tools to get work done from anywhere, while remaining connected to your organization. He reveals how you can create a productive work environment at home or around town by structuring your day correctly and avoiding distractions. He also explains how to build rapport with remote colleagues so you feel like you're part of the team and succeed in your remote career. Watch this course to learn how to work productively, when and where you want, and achieve the freedom and flexibility you need for a more balanced life.

Time Management: Working From Home

Working from home is a wonderful opportunity, but time management can be a challenge. With so many demands on your time and attention, it's a tricky balancing act to stay productive. In this Linked In Learning course, bestselling author and productivity expert Dave Crenshaw offers best practices for anyone who works full-time or occasionally from home. Dave begins by showing how to set up a dedicated workspace for maximum productivity, including tips on setting up your computer to ensure you stay focused. Then Dave walks through how to craft your daily schedule for peak productivity and plan meaningful breaks to avoid burnout. He explains how to collaborate with remote coworkers, including how to use virtual meetings productively. Finally, Dave offers advice for working parents and other caregivers who might be balancing professional and personal responsibilities in the home.

Productivity Tips: Finding Your Productivity Mindset

Time management tools and programs can only go so far. If you want to boost your productivity in a lasting way, you need to change the way you look at your time and your tasks. In this Linked In Learning installment of the Productivity Tips series, productive leadership author and speaker Dave Crenshaw explains how to boost your productivity by shifting your perspective. Dave shares bite-sized, actionable tips for finding room in your schedule to improve your productivity, developing flexibility, and avoiding lower-value activities. Plus, get strategies for shaking off negative experiences, adding meaning to your workday, and more.

Executive Presence on Video Conference Calls

In this Linked In Learning course, learn how to shine on video conference calls. Communication consultant Jessica Chen provides expert advice to look and sound confident, collected, and smart on your next conference call or video presentation. Discover how to prepare your material, how to contribute to the call, and how to incorporate engaging visuals. Get body language, posture, and wardrobe tips to make a powerful impression. Finally, learn the technical details to building a mini "studio" for conducting calls, including choosing a webcam, lighting yourself, and placing a microphone for quality sound.

Technology tools for working remotely

Microsoft Teams Tips and Tricks

In this Linked In Learning course, discover how to work more efficiently with Microsoft Teams, the popular collaboration app in Office 365. In this concise, targeted course, Nick Brazzi shares tips that can help power users get even more use out of Teams. He goes over useful commands and keyboard shortcuts that can help you streamline your workflow, and explains how to use Teams as a hub to access information from different Office 365 apps. Plus, he demonstrates how to leverage different communication options; explores some particularly useful apps in Teams; and shares how to work with bots and messaging apps.

Zoom--Leading Effective and Engaging Calls

Lead Zoom meetings and webinars with confidence. In this course, instructor Zack Arnold shows how to ensure that your next Zoom call is effective, productive, and engaging. Zack begins with a wealth of security tips for before, during, and after a call. Next, he shares strategies for maximizing audience engagement and interaction (as well as minimizing distractions and interruptions), whether your call is with 5 or 500 people. This includes adjusting view options so you never miss a participant’s reactions, organizing windows to maximize eye contact, and using polls and reactions to interact with larger groups. Zack also covers the technical aspects of running Zoom calls, such as sharing video and audio content and trading off screen sharing between the facilitator and other presenters and cohosts. Plus, discover how to make the most of breakout rooms and advanced features like his favorite hot keys, as well as livestreaming your Zoom calls to the web.

Learning Zoom

Collaborate more seamlessly using Zoom, the popular video conferencing tool. In this Linked In Learning course, staff instructor Garrick Chow shows how to schedule, moderate, and participate in Zoom meetings. Garrick begins by showing how to set up your Zoom account and adjust audio and video settings. Next, he walks through joining and participating in meetings scheduled by others. Garrick covers how to use a variety of options during meetings such as adjusting views, muting your microphone, turning your video camera on and off, and sharing your screen. Finally, Garrick demonstrates how to host your own Zoom meetings, from scheduling and adjusting moderator settings to recording meetings.

How to Zoom

Zoom has provided this YouTube video playlist to help users get started. Look here for quick answers to specific Zoom questions and learn how to use Zoom more optimally. Watch short videos on topics such as: recording your meeting, using in-meeting polling, sharing your screen, using a virtual background, and many more.

Zoom Tutorials

The Zoom help center has many short videos to help you learn how to do various tasks in Zoom, such as: scheduling a meeting with Outlook, breakout rooms, closed captioning, recording a meeting, sharing your screen, and more.

Leading a virtual team

 

Leading Virtual Meetings

Leading virtual meetings is a critical competency for leaders who manage a remote or blended team. Join leadership and management expert Kevin Eikenberry in this Linked In Learning course as he identifies the challenges to holding a productive meeting online, and shares tactics for making these meetings successful. Learn about how to choose the right platform, set expectations for conduct, clarify roles, create a great agenda, and more.

Leading at a Distance

Technology has enabled many former office workers to work from home or anywhere remotely. As the overall job landscape shifts, the number of remote workers will likely continue to increase. For the managers and leaders spearheading these remote teams, as well as teams that consist of remote and in-person employees, making the jump from in-person to virtual leadership can be challenging. In this Linked In Learning course, instructor Kevin Eikenberry lays out how to lead effectively from a distance. He dives into the basics of remote leadership, such as how working remotely changes interpersonal dynamics. Plus, he shares tips for getting results at a distance—including how to provide remote coaching and feedback—as well as how to build trust, set reasonable boundaries as a long-distance leader, and more.

Managing Virtual Teams

Working remotely has been on the rise for many years now, with research showing that hiring managers expect nearly half of all their workers to be working remotely over the next decade. While many trends feed into this way of organizing work, managing the work effectively will be key to the success of organizations globally. In this Linked In Learning course, instructor Phil Gold provides managers with a clear approach for getting the most out of their remote teams. He zeros in on the key factors that will ensure productivity, engagement, and growth, as well as a manager’s role in building trust, removing roadblocks, nurturing connections with team members, and setting clear goals.

Managing Virtual Teams

In this quick webinar, offered through our Employee Assistance Program, learn about ways to utilize technology, rethink communication, redefine collaboration, get a solid work process, and establish team accountability while teams are working remotely.

Articles

Five Strategies for Leading a Virtual Team (Erin Gregg, Nebo Company)

How to be a Remarkable Boss during Lockdown (Chris Murchison, UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center)

How to Run a Great Virtual Meeting (Keith Ferrazzi, Harvard Business Review)

How to Collaborate Effectively If Your Team Is Remote (Erica Dhawan and Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Harvard Business Review)