COVID-19: Work From Home (Telecommute) Confidently and Competently for Business Continuity
Rebecca Staton-Reinstein, PhD, and president of Advantage Leadership, Inc. has had the opportunity to work from home, work remotely, and help organizations set up work-from-home programs. She has also worked from an office and managed teams of people in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Through her own experiences and consultations with others, she has developed guidelines for a successful work-from-home strategy. Rebecca has been a team member, manager, executive, and consultant and works with leaders who want to prosper through strategic leadership and planning, engaged employees, and delighted customers. She has written several books on strategic planning and leadership, holds a doctorate in organizational development, and is a legacy professional of the National Speakers Association.
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People in many organizations have been working from home for years. However, with the current Coronovirus COVID-19 pandemic, many more workers are being asked to work from home. For those folks and those who supervise them, who are new to this mode of work, understanding how to accomplish goals in this new environment requires a quick learning curve. Working from home can be as productive or maybe more productive than traditionally going into the office. Learn the basics and some advanced approaches to get the job done in the most efficient and effective way.
As a result of this webinar, individuals, teams, and managers will be able to:
- Set up and manage a home office; avoid pitfalls; maximize benefits
- Establish clear guidelines to separate work and family life
- Work efficiently and effectively as an individual
- Build a cohesive team virtually
- Manage a team working from home, including planning, reviewing progress, and evaluating performance
- Establish more efficient processes and improve performance
- Incorporate the best approaches from working from home into work in the office and vise versa
- Assess your strengths and challenges working from home
o Understand how your personality preferences affect your strengths and challenges
o Solve communication challenges working from home
o Develop a plan to maximize strengths, minimize challenges
- What are the common pitfalls, distractions, and stressors of working from home? Which ones need actions on your plan?
- Guidelines for separating home and work-life
- Set up a productive home office
o Apply your work style to setting up your "office"
o What equipment and support will you need?
o Logistics and reality check
- Manage work strategically
o Dump the To-Do list
o Use a mission-driven plan
o Focus on results not activity
o Streamline procedures and processes
- Optimize technology use
o Effective virtual meetings
o Eliminate bad meeting habits
o Focus on results and action
- Avoid work-from-home temptations and traps
o Create your own "office rules"
o The dangerous lure of multi-tasking
- Develop accountability with teammates or team you manage
o Approaches to improve accountability
o Develop team accountability rules
o Assess team accountability and other key team functions
- Create your full transition and mission-driven work plan
o Evaluate progress against plan
o Continue to improve
o Include personal interactions and communication
- Enjoy working from home
o Identify benefits
o Apply for benefits back in the office
o Is the workplace forever changed?
Course Level - Basic/Intermediate
Who Should Attend
- CEOs / CFOs / COO / CIOs
- Chief People Officers
- HR Personnel developing work-from-home guidelines
- All Executives
- Hiring Managers
- Operations Managers
- Technical Managers
- All Management
- Sales & Marketing Professionals
- Project Managers
- IT Managers
- Supervisors / Team Leaders
- Payroll Professionals
- Compliance Professionals
- Anyone working from home for the first time
- Anyone with limited experience managing “distant” workforce
Why Should You Attend
If you have rarely or never worked from home, the first days or even weeks can be disorienting. Social isolation for many is even worse than the lack of immediate access to teammates, supervisors, stakeholders, and non-human resources. Even in this digital age, making sure you have the right office equipment and supplies can be frustrating. If your job was not technology-intensive in the office setting, suddenly having to deal with a balky printer, overloaded Internet connection, or novel app or software adds to the stress of functioning outside your comfort zone. This webinar will explore all these areas. The content is based on what we have learned over many years from working from home and building on the experience of tens of thousands of people worldwide who have been doing this for over a decade or more. Learn how to set up your home office, avoid the predictable pitfalls, and maximize your results, while making the most of the unique setting. If you are managing people in this new environment, learn how to develop work plans, and conduct review and evaluation sessions optimized for this situation. What you learn can be applied once you return to a more familiar environment. Turn the anti-teamwork situation into one which encourages engagement through virtual team building. Develop a strong sense of accountability any team needs to function through interactive virtual team sessions. Learn to thrive in the working-from-home world, not just survive until things return to "normal." Discover and enjoy the benefits of working from home. Decide which elements you want to maintain.