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)

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

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)

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)

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 

Resources for Pet Parents

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

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

  • Zoom: meetings, whiteboarding, screen sharing, small group breakouts, recording capability to share content asynchronously 
  • Slack: asynchronous information sharing, project updates, and water cooler chat
  • Trello: a visual project management tool
  • Google Docs: document collaboration
  • Dropbox: document/resource sharing, archiving and collaboration
  • Loom, videos and screen capture (Chrome extension and desktop app)
  • Screencastify (free options)
  • ScreenCastOMatic ($1.65-4.00 per month)
  • Padlet (free version available)

Other video conferencing tools

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.