Working from Home: Tips for Staying Engaged in our Virtual World

Working from home is the new business reality in the midst of a global pandemic. While virtual teams have always had a role in major corporations, companies of all sizes are being forced to operate virtually. For companies, this means ensuring teams still communicate and operate effectively. For individual employees, this means maximizing spaces to make working from home a pleasant and effective experience. Keep reading for tips on working from home during quarantine and after.

Get dressed, make coffee, and set up a desk to maintain normalcy when working from home.
Get dressed, make coffee, and set up a desk to maintain normalcy when working from home.

Working from Home: Tips for Success

  1. Each morning, map out a schedule for the day. Allocate specific times for work items you want to accomplish, meals, exercise, and anything else you would like to get done. When working from home for days on end during the quarantine, giving structure to the time warp is imperative for staying sane and productive. Try to work within the normal range of time you would if you were still going to the office!
  2. Dress for success. Don’t sit around in pajamas all day. While you can certainly take on a more casual look, maintain your self-care and hygiene routines, put some clothes on, make the bed, and carve out time for breakfast before delving into your Zoom meetings for the day. Speaking of Zoom, click here for Stanford’s resources on how to lead and participate in inclusive and engaging Zoom meetings.
  3. Moving around the house provides some wanted changes in scenery, but establishing one spot as your at-home desk is helpful when working from home. This indicates to your brain and family members that it is time to focus.
  4. Move! In between meetings, set aside times to take breaks and get some fresh air. Eat lunch on your patio, take a quick walk around the block (with social distance, of course), or even open a window. When we are sitting all day, it’s important that we make efforts to move our bodies and get our hearts and blood pumping.
  5. Nourish your body. Yes, we all deserve treats during this tumultuous time. However, ensure you are getting the nutrients and healthy boost your body needs. Indulge in the homemade cakes and cookies your families are baking. Don’t forget about protein, fruits, and vegetables to keep your energy levels high.

Working from home has its perks, but definitely introduces a new set of challenges. For even more incredible tips for navigating this period of working from home, check out this guide at theSkimm. Stay home, stay healthy, stay safe, stay focused!

A Business Guide to Twitter: How to Be Concise and Effective

Twitter has evolved from a casual platform that teenagers used to share quick, funny updates with friends to a primary news outlet for millions of users. To keep with current trends and reach new audiences, an excellent Twitter presence is a requirement for successful companies. Keep reading for the tools and tricks in our Business Guide to Twitter. 

Your Business Guide to Twitter:

This is an excellent use of Twitter. Nike is highlighting an exciting new partnership with the Obama Foundation and provides an enticing graphic.
This is an excellent use of Twitter. Nike is highlighting an exciting new partnership with the Obama Foundation and provides an enticing graphic.
  1. Your Twitter account should reflect the personality of your company. If you are a company like Disney that has a visible mascot such as Mickey Mouse, consider tweeting from their point of view to bring your organization to life. If your company is very policy-oriented, keep your followers updated on changes, elections, and trends related to the topic. Playful companies like Budweiser or M&M can share engaging videos or graphics to play on the brand. The most important takeaway of this Business Guide to Twitter is to know your company’s personality and let it shine through. Always be consistent!
  2. As long as the content is consistent with your company’s personality and brand, be creative and innovative. Tease new products and partnerships, release videos that will get followers excited about upcoming events, and share news updates about the organization.
  3. Use hashtags to get your organization trending on Twitter. Hashtags will optimize the amounts of searches your tweets will appear in and help strengthen the impact of your words and content.
  4. Keep your Tweets short and to the point. There is no need to use all of the characters, especially since Twitter users scroll quickly.  
  5. Verify your account. While this seems like a small feature, it builds a large amount of trust with your consumers. The more official your company looks, the more credibility the organization will build.

While these are the most crucial points, Hootsuite has created a more extensive guide to using Twitter commercially. Click here to read it! For other tips and tricks to include in a business guide to Twitter, read this helpful article.

Millennial Mistakes on LinkedIn: How to Avoid the Most Common Errors

When facing the job search, LinkedIn is an overlooked tool among many Millennials. Keep reading to avoid the Millennial mistakes on LInkedIn. 

LinkedIn is your first impression when looking for a job or entering a new company. Unfortunately, there are many recurring mistakes on young LinkedIn profiles. Dubbed the “Millennial Mistakes on LinkedIn,” here is a helpful list to avoid looking unprofessional.

This is a great example of a clean, professional headshot. Also, using your university as a cover photo is a nice way to complete your profile.
This is a great example of a clean, professional headshot. Also, using your university as a cover photo is a nice way to complete your profile.

Millennial Mistakes on LinkedIn

  1. The picture. It is sad but true that your picture can make or break the professionalism of your LinkedIn profile. When recruiters are scrolling through thousands of people, a picture that is inappropriate or bad quality is a major red flag. Even worse, not having a photo will limit the number of searches in which you appear.
  2. Another millennial mistake on LinkedIn is leaving out the description for each experience. Your experiences are not relevant to employers unless they can understand how you contributed and what you learned in each role. Use numbers and specific language to showcase your skills!
  3. Having less than 500 connections is a millennial mistake on LinkedIn that is highly debated. Some people think that it’s better to only connect with people you know personally, but tapping into your friends of friends and larger network is a better tactic. 
  4. Do not leave out the summary. It can be concise but should reflect the opportunities you are seeking. 
  5. Many millennials do not engage on LinkedIn. In order to stand out, share articles, comment on friends’ updates, and actively seek out new connections! 

If you can avoid these five key errors on LinkedIn, you will have a head start before even submitting an application or interviewing for your dream job. To read more in-depth about these Linkedin mistakes, click here. Forbes also has a useful article to help maintain your spotless LinkedIn profile.

Business on Snapchat: Is There Business for Companies on Snapchat?

Snapchat, a social platform popular among Gen Z, is most commonly known for its quick and vanishing Snapchats via selfies or messages. The “Discover” pages of Snapchat, however, have given companies business on Snapchat with the opportunity to advertise to and interact with younger audiences. Keep reading to learn how to leverage your business on Snapchat.

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