You’ve Got This! Moments of Zen from the Oomph Team
Messages of hope for first-time remote employees.
A few (pre-pandemic) months ago, I made the switch to a full-time remote position after more than two decades of working in a traditional office. I began writing this article to speak to other newcomers about my unexpected struggles, never realizing that before I’d complete my first draft, a global crisis would force millions into remote work situations for the first time.
Today, so many are performing from home the same duties they once did — much more easily — in an office, or a classroom, or wherever “onsite” was for them. Even folks who split their time between home and office are feeling the pressure, as COVID-19 safety mandates have eliminated choice.
If this is you, you’ve probably read the articles on creating an ideal home office. And the articles on combating loneliness and isolation. And the ones promising how much more productive you’ll be as a remote employee. But nothing still has quite prepared you for the full-time remote adventure, and you’re feeling like the challenges ahead are insurmountable.
This week I circled back to the thoughts I’d jotted down on this topic — thoughts that I assumed would become a helpful article one day, and I realized that they simply weren’t as relevant now as they were a short time ago. But one thing is always relevant: hope. So rather than telling you about the numerous distractions I faced when I began working from home — you already know! — here are some hopeful, encouraging messages and advice from the staff at Oomph.
Going full-time remote can be challenging, even in the best of circumstances. For those who neither wanted, nor had adequate time to prepare for, this change, it’s been exceptionally hard.
But look at where you are today versus where you were a week ago, a month ago. You may not have it all figured out, but I bet you’ve accomplished a thing or two. I know you can do this, and you can do it successfully, because you already are!
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