Members of a coworking space thrive when they can work within a dynamic, coffee shop atmosphere, surrounded by like-minded professionals. The sudden shift to working remotely can be jarring — and it can be difficult to focus and remain productive as the landscape continues to evolve.
Here we're sharing some best practices for working remotely as you weather the coronavirus outbreak. So, keep washing you hands, limiting contact with other people and follow these tips to keep yourself and your work routine healthy.
1. Set your space up to encourage focus and productivity
Try to recreate your coworking desk with the same gear in the same spot. With your laptop stand, remote mouse and other tools in the right places, you'll feel like you're in your usual work space, no matter where you are for now.
If you're missing the vibrant buzz of a coworking environment, consider turning on something for white noise in the background and stream your favorite in-the-zone playlist. Or, take advantage of the calming, brain-boosting silence while you're working remotely.
Give yourself a routine to stick to as well. Your circumstances might feel more normal if you wake up at the same time, get dressed as if you're going to work, listen to your favorite podcast during your typical commute time and start responding to emails at the same time each morning. Remember to take frequent breaks and get some fresh air to clear your mind as well.
2. Connect with your network virtually
Just because you're observing social distancing guidelines and sheltering in place doesn't mean you can't have a calendar of networking events and enriching experiences to look forward to.
At WorkHub, we've set up some ways to enable our community to stick together, albeit from a distance. Follow our Eventbrite page for details on upcoming virtual events and add yourself to our private Facebook Group just for WorkHub members.
For some downtime every Friday at 3:30, grab your beverage of choice and join us on Zoom for Virtual #Beer30! During other breaks, hop onto a virtual fitness class or Facetime hangout with family and friends to stay connected, too.
3. Invest in your professional growth
If business has slowed down, of course it's essential to plan for the coming weeks and months. Once you've done what you have to do, consider taking advantage of your potentially lighter workload by supplementing your skill set.
You may have gotten alerts about professional development webinars, Instagram Live info sessions, virtual courses and other remote programs — why not RSVP to a few? You'll never know what you might learn. If you're not sure where to start, think back to one of your initial 2020 business goals or growth areas and find a program that can move you closer to achieving it.
4. Learn about the stimulus and relief programs available to small businesses
Countless businesses and entire industries have been brought to a standstill or pushed beyond their limits as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The federal government's Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes some programs intended to help small businesses and entrepreneurs make it through this unprecedented challenge. It's a complex stimulus package, but worth examining in detail to see if your organization is eligible for the small business stimulus programs and other relief measures.
As a starting point, watch the National Small Business Town Hall webinar presented by Inc. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Specific information about the Paycheck Protection Loan program and the Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program can be found here.
5. Read about WorkHub's response
We aim to keep WorkHub a healthy and safe place while supporting our incredible members. Although this is a challenging time for the business community, we are proud to do our duty and comply with the Smith County stay-at-home orders while making our space available to businesses deemed essential to fighting the coronavirus outbreak.
You can find out about our COVID-19 response which we're frequently updating with essential member info and news about how we're adapting to the latest state and federal guidance.
The experts at WorkHub are here to help and support out. Contact us if you're struggling with the transition from coworking to remote work, or you have any questions at all, and we'll be happy to assist you.