Nations around the world have imposed lockdown in varying degrees to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), from Malaysia to Indonesia, UK to several European nations, from Kenya and South Africa to the US. In these unusual times, companies are being forced to shutter their physical spaces and move into remote working, telecommuting, or working from home, as you might choose to call it.
Looking out for our readers, we have put together a care pack of essential articles that we're confident will help you effectively work from home, be it for yourself or to be shared as guidance for your teams. Please find the snippets below, and click through for the full story:
Crisis leadership: 5 tips to lead effectively in times of ambiguity
Traditional HR policies for managing sick employees do not address pandemic threats. They typically draw limits around absenteeism and discipline non-compliance. But events like HIV/AIDS, Ebola, Zika, SARS, coronavirus, and other highly communicable diseases require employers to re-imagine their readiness. They must create and communicate flexible and accommodating HR, leave of absence, return to work, and workplace safety policies and practices.
Working from home: A legal perspective
Employees working from home might use personal devices to access work systems which could mean that employers may be able to access and surveil all information on that device, depending on the capability of the monitoring software and equipment. If this is the case, employers should ensure their privacy notice, handbooks and Personal Information Collection Statements reflect this practice so that an employee is aware both private and work communications may be so accessed.
How to take care of your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic: 24 tips
COVID-19 has affected people across the world; don’t attach it to any ethnicity or nationality. Be empathetic to those who got affected, in and from any country, those with the disease have not done anything wrong. Also, don’t refer to people with the disease as “COVID-19 cases”, “victims” “COVID-19 families” or the “diseased”. They are “people who have COVID-19”, “people who are being treated for COVID-19”, “people who are recovering from COVID-19” and after recovering from COVID19 their life will go on.
How to manage the 5 types of problematic work-from-home employees
What do you do about the always-on employee, who works on call 24/7 and continues engaging co-workers late into the night? One tip is to establish “office hours” for the whole team to stick to. Then there's the case of the easily-distracted employee, whose productivity has dropped off since they left the office, or the extreme case of the the virtual water-cooler employee who constantly distracts other employees online by sending memes and cat videos in the group chat.
Coronavirus: Guidelines for HR and employers on business continuity planning
The guide covers the following key business operational risks, summed up below:
Human resource management
Processes and business functions
Supplier and customer management
Communications, both internal and external
Famous writers give their work-from-home tips
The lot of the novelist is a lonely one. An advantage they have in a work-from-home situation is that for them, this is their modus operandi. The process they work by day in and day out. And many have built up effective strategies to maximise the efficiency of working from home. Here some of the world’s greatest and most famous novelists – past and present – give their tips on how adapt to a home office productively and healthily – without going completely bonkers.
Good phone etiquette: Work-from-home guidelines in the era of COVID-19
Once you’ve decided how to respond to a call, text, or email, it’s a good idea to back up your action. If you called your boss back but didn’t leave a voice message, you can also email saying you tried to connect. Or you could send a text to say you saw that you missed the call but was in the middle of another one. That way your boss knows you’re paying attention, and if you’re called out for not answering the phone, you can defend yourself by showing your written attempt to get in touch.
Coronavirus advisory: 5 steps to clean and disinfect your home or office
Wear a surgical mask, disposable gloves and a bleach solution or appropriate disinfectant with indication of effectiveness against coronavirus. Keep the windows open for ventilation, and remember to avoid touching your face and eyes. Prepare the disinfectant or bleach solution, and mop the floor of your residence from one end to another. Use disposable cloths or rags to wipe toilet surfaces and frequently touched areas, such as handles, doorknobs, armrests, switches, etc.