Work from Home (WFH) Tips

Rhianon Gutierrez Updated by Rhianon Gutierrez

  1. Make sure that you have the equipment you need: a laptop or desktop, adapter, power cord, mouse/trackpad, and other items as needed like pens, markers, notebooks, work cell phone, headphones, a lift for your computer, whiteboard/planning paper.
  2. Bring all your team’s documents online into Google Drive and share them with all members of your team. Need a refresher? Check out a Google Drive Tutorial.
  3. At home, find a designated space to work with limited distractions.
  4. Maintain your normal working hours and communicate what those are with your team.
  5. Take regular breaks from the computer - give your eyes a rest, stretch, and move around.
  6. Make sure you are able to connect to WiFi or can be hardwired. If you need to use a hotspot, we recommend using your T-Mobile BPS phone (if you have one) as a hotspot. 
  7. Do regular check ins with your team via Zoom or Google Meet. Set a consistent time and schedule it in your Google Calendar. Request that everyone RSVP.
  8. Hold meetings using a video conferencing tool like Zoom or Google Meet. Hosts of Zoom meetings can make meetings more inclusive by turning on captions with Live Transcript CC.
  9. Create a group text chat to keep each other up to date. We recommend using Google Chat; you may consider installing the Google Chat standalone app. Google Chat allows you to update your status so that people know when you are available.
  10. Use the comments feature and tag colleagues in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides to alert them about important items that need their attention.
  11. Bookmark (⭐) key websites you need on a regular basis. To manage tabs, consider using the Chrome extensions below.
  • Chrome Tabs Group: organize your Chrome tabs into groups and add color labels
  • Adblock Plus: remove ad clutter
  • Dualless: view multiple tabs in split-screen mode
  • OneTab: condense all critical tabs to reduce browser clutter 
  • Calm: take breaks when needed
  1. Need to brush up on technology skills? Check out BPSTechnology's list of webinars on different technology tools.

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