Working Remotely

I have been working remotely for several years. I started collecting resources to share with others and it’s getting to be a long list! Don’t try to read everything!

Pick something that resonates for you and if learning is what you need, start with a training or a course. This is a marathon, not a sprint, so pace yourself.

Getting Started

How To Switch To Remote Working Quickly, For Both Employers And Employees (Forbes)

How to Be a Happy and Healthy Remote Worker (Trello)

Working From Home? 12 Guides To Help Navigate The Remote Life (Trello)

How to Embrace Remote Work (Trello)

8 strategies to set up remote work during the coronavirus outbreak (Fast Company)

How to Work From Home Now That Your Boss Doesn’t Want You Coming In (New York Times)

Resources For Teaching and Learning During This Period of Social Distancing (KQED)
Includes guidance on a home-work routine

23 Essential Tips for Working Remotely (Inc.)

I’ve worked from home for almost 20 years. These 6 tips make it awesome (Fast Company)

7 Essential Tips for Working From Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic (The Muse)

9 Creative Ways to Stay Connected to Your Coworkers When You’re All Working From Home  (The Muse)

The Ultimate Guide to Remote Work (Miro)

Greater Good’s Guide to Well-Being During Coronavirus (The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley)

Remote Work Resources from Google 

15 Questions About Remote Work, Answered by Tsedal Neeley (HBR)

Thrust Into Working Remotely? Try This Attitude Adjustment by Mark C. Perna
History shows that working from home is actually the oldest model of human productivity

Resources for managers

Managing Remote Teams (Inc.)

4 ways to manage remote workers when you don’t know how long they’ll be working from home (Fast Company)

Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

How to Manage Newly Remote Teams (Vital Smarts)

A Guide to Managing Your (Newly) Remote Workers (HBR)

How companies can support their employee caregivers during the COVID-19 outbreak 

Leading From a Distance with Kevin Eikenberry on LinkedIn Learning (37 minutes) 

Remote Coaching and Feedback (2 minutes 27 seconds) 

How to Keep Your Team Motivated, Remotely by Lindsay McGregor and Neel Doshi (HBR) 

10 top challenges you’ll face during the giant work-from-home experiment (ZDNet)

Keep Your People Learning When You Go Virtual by Annie Peshkam and Gianpiero Petriglieri (HBR)


10 Digital Miscommunications — and How to Avoid Them by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy 

Digital Body Language by Erica Dhawan. Covers all types of electronic communications including email and messaging.

Five Ways to Improve Communication in Virtual Teams: New research reveals simple strategies that boost performance by N. Sharon Hill and Kathryn M. Bartol (MIT Sloan Management Review)

How to Become a Better Listener, by David D. Perlmutter (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding from Anywhere by Tsedal Neely

Teaching and Learning Resources (Educause)

Resources for Parents

Remote Learning Quickstart Guide from Khan Academy

Resources For Teaching and Learning During This Period of Social Distancing (KQED)
Includes guidance on a home-work routine

7 Tips for Working From Home With Kids When Coronavirus Has Shut Everything Down (The Muse)

A Guide for Working (From Home) Parents (HBR)

Coloring and Activity Book (PDF) from ASU’s Center for Child Well-Being 

Time Management: Working from Home with Dave Crenshaw on LinkedIn Learning (1 hour and 25 minutes)
(Includes setting boundaries and considerations for parents and caregivers)

Tips For Homeschooling During Coronavirus (NPR) 

How to Help Teens Shelter in Place (Greater Good Science Center)

4 Ways to Help Your Anxious Kid: First, acknowledge ways the coronavirus has changed their lives  By Jessica Grose (New York Times)

Resources for Pet Parents

Working From Home: A Guide for Pet Parents (Chewy)

Resilience, Compassion and Self-Compassion

Coping with Fatigue, Fear, and Panic During a Crisis 

by Tony Schwartz and Emily Pines (HBR)

The gift and the power of emotional courage with Susan David (TED)

Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive by Marc Brackett

Building Resilience as a Leader with Gemma Leigh Roberts (43 minutes)

Greater Good’s Guide to Well-Being During Coronavirus (The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley)

Feeling Overwhelmed at Work? 8 Self-Care Activities That Take 5 Minutes or Less

Exercise Scientists: This Is the Ideal Amount of Exercise When You’re Cooped Up at Home by Jessica Stillman (Inc)

These 6 simple habits can help calm your coronavirus anxieties by Stephanie Vozza (Fast Company)

TED Connects talks: 

You’re Not Powerless in the Face of Uncertainty by Nathan Furr (HBR)

Greater Good’s Guide to Well-Being During Coronavirus (The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley)

What Your Coworkers Need Right Now Is Compassion

That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief by Scott Berinato (HBR)

Grieving the Losses of Coronavirus (New York Times)

3 Tips to Avoid WFH Burnout by Laura M. Giurge and Vanessa K. Bohns (HBR) 

On Coronavirus Lockdown? Look for Meaning, Not Happiness

Why cultivating “tragic optimism” will help us weather this crisis — and even grow from it.
By Emily Esfahani Smith (New York Times)  


The Scientific 7-Minute Workout (New York Times)

Greater Good’s Guide to Well-Being During Coronavirus (The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley)

Hidden Health Hazards of Working from Home: Tips to Avoid Three Silent Saboteurs By Sabina Nawaz (Thrive Global)

Video Conferencing/Virtual Meetings

LinkedInLearning/ is a great resource for online training that might be available through your workplace or local library.

Learning Zoom with Garrick Chow (45 minutes)

Leading Virtual Meetings with Kevin Eikenberry (33 minutes)

Executive Presence on Video Conference Calls with Jessica Chen (35 minutes)

Succeeding in a video conference 

Communicating Remotely

Virtual Meetings Don’t Have to Be a Bore (HBR)

Zoom-specific training resources

Managing Video Breakout Rooms:

Automatically Transcribe Cloud Recordings with Zoom:

Using polling during Zoom meetings:

Recording Zoom sessions:
(Best practice is to let everyone know that you are recording the session. The recordings can be shared on Canvas or with a Dropbox link.)

Zoom webinars:

Zoom integration for Outlook:

Zoom/Slack integration:

Using a second camera (like a document camera):

Troubleshoot audio on Zoom:

Look your best with a soft focus using the Touch Up My Appearance setting in Zoom:

Equipment/Video Conferencing set-up

This is the Mac and PC-friendly headphones with microphone that we use for Zoom and Skype calls:

Collaboration Tools

Other video conferencing tools

Creating videos using Zoom

Productivity and sanity apps

  • Try the Pomodoro Technique: developed by Francesco Cirillo. Focus for 25-minutes and then take a 5-minute break. Check out this Chrome extension by Chris Schmich for an easy-to-use timer to keep track of focused work with built-in breaks. If you have the tomato timer, use it!
  • Momentum browser plugin:
    Add some awe into your day with amazing nature photos and inspirational quotes every time you open a new browser tab. Especially helpful if you can’t get outside.
  • How to Take Smart Notes by Sonkë Ahrens

Scheduling apps (most have a free option)