Welcome to the Age of Zoom! It’s likely your day now includes at least one – if not back-to-back – video calls. The use of Zoom has increased more than any other brand during the pandemic. In this new way of doing business, the ability to make a virtual impression and build relationships through a screen is an increasingly valuable art and a skill to be cultivated.
Mentorships can play a valuable role in all stages of your professional journey. Whether these relationships are developed through formal programs or more casual arrangements, gaining insight and perspective from mentors who excel in certain areas, have navigated similar situations or have overcome comparable challenges is invaluable. Mentorships can provide you with the clarity and confidence you need to make pivotal career decisions, take on new responsibilities or build key skills.
At this point, most professionals have worked from home for many weeks and are settling into the rhythm of their new work days. Organizations that didn’t previously have remote work programs in place have quickly adapted to effectively function in the new business climate. Working from home is becoming routine and the employee-manager relationship is evolving, along with team dynamics. As it becomes more likely remote work arrangements will extend through the summer months, it’s important to take a step back and evaluate how to be most productive and effective in this new reality.
In the current business climate, the majority of insurers have closed their physical offices and their employees are working remotely. This is impacting relatively all facets of business including recruiting and hiring processes. Candidates must now be able to interview for roles and even be comfortable accepting offers without meeting hiring managers or other prospective colleagues in person.
Most businesses have asked their employees to start working from home during the past week. As someone who works remotely on a full-time basis and oversees our own temporary employees at The Jacobson Group (many of them remote workers), I wanted to share a few best practices for effectively working at home. Whether you already telecommute on a regular basis, or if current circumstances have led you to self-isolate within a home office, here are a few tips for staying productive: