How to Transition to Work from Home

TxDLA Keep Connecting: Episode 3

What a great conversation about the transition to Work From Home (WFH)! There are so many factors to consider getting everyone on the same page and up and running as quickly as possible.

The panelists for the webinar are

  • Lisa M. Brown, current secretary of TxDLA, director of extended education from Bush library
    Lisa is home with 11-yr old and 13 yr old daughters. They have limited connectivity because they are in a rural location. Husband is also working remotely. The interruptions from the office are now switched to family interruptions.
  • Bill Ryan, independent consultant for all types of companies
    Bill is home with high school age twins and his wife. There is no more work life balance. There is just life.
  • Rhonda Blackburn, USDLA president-elect, B&B Consulting
    Rhonda is home with a college age daughter, husband, and 9-year old daughter.

To Use a Headset or Not. That is a great question.

  • If your microphone works, don’t use it.
  • If your audio is not bothering anyone else, don’t worry.
  • Split the rooms. It is about the environment.
  • Different types of webcams with a built-in mic.
  • Things are changing in how we are using these microphones. Now everyone is more relaxed. Dogs, cats, kids, and pets are now acceptable.

Being a leader at home.

Leader had a 9-yr old in his lap. Everyone waited while this leader became dad. He took care of the problem and went back to work. The new normal is part of the work-life transformation. How we define work will change. A deliverable is key measure.

Everyone is overloaded. Use the tools you have.

  • Check in with your team first. How is everyone doing?
  • Check to make sure everyone has the tools that they need.
  • Clarify how to communicate. Is there a structure for support?
  • Help people feel connected and share strategies for dealing with isolation.

Transitioning to this New Normal

  • Get up in the morning like you normally do. Get up. Get dressed.
  • Have the students on a schedule and review work with students in the evening.
  • Have a framework.
  • Virtual happy hours, dinners with family and friends
  • More one-on-one conversations.
  • Not expecting everyone to understand and know what they are doing.
  • Ask “Is there a better way?”
  • Revisit policy and procedures.
  • What is the priority? Let’s get students going. Let’s start thinking about online learning.

Accessibility – being able to get on the Internet and interact – bandwidth, devices, captioning

How People Are Using Video Now

  • Church Services
  • Virtual Water Coolers
  • Dance and Music Lesson (And for grown ups, too!)
  • Drawing Lessons
  • Yoga

Self-care

  • Get outside for breaks.
  • Walk in place of the commute.
  • Walk the dog.
  • Virtual Happy Hours with friends
  • Jazzercise, yoga, working out

Movie Recommendations

  • Peanut Butter Falcon
  • Any Marvel movie
  • Maltese Falcon
  • House
  • Lemonade Mouth
  • Jumanji Next Level
  • Onward!
  • Green Book
  • Finding Forrester

The TxDLA Keep Connecting webinar series is sponsored by i2i Technologies. New episodes currently scheduled for Tuesday and Thursdays at 11:30 AM Central. 

If you need help transitioning to a simple, flexible, and dependable video communication solution, we can help.