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Adapting to Remote Work

Adapting to Remote Work

Thanks to the Coupons and Deals Council, chaired by Craig McGlynn of ParterCentric for pulling this post together!

Life has suddenly changed due to the global “Shelter in Place” phenomenon we have experienced in the early months of 2020. For huge segments of the population, families are forced to live and work together 24/7 – which is a new challenge for all of us. The Performance Marketing Association is made up of companies that exist to service online business, and as such, they over-index in companies supportive of remote work. In many cases, the companies are 100% remote and have years of experience dealing with the challenges that come with working remotely. We have collected tips from our members about how to adapt to the changes you may be experiencing in working from home.

Here are some posts and thoughts from Industry Champions and PMA members around the newly hot topic of Remote Work and COVID-19 specifically:

  • Partnerize – Not so much remote work, but posts on adapting to a post-Covid business world with key trends – https://blog.partnerize.com/

Individual Tips

“In my house right now one of the most important things is everyone having a dedicated work area. With my husband and I both working from home plus a high school student AND a college student doing e-learning, we all need to have some boundaries. When my office door or my husband’s office door is closed, it means we are on a call and can’t be disturbed. One of my daughters likes doing her work in her bedroom but the other has created a workspace in the basement. By containing our work to certain locations in the house, it also makes it more obvious that other areas of the house (like the family room or the kitchen) are work-free areas where people can talk freely and make noise.”

  • Founder of Sunshine Rewards

“From a company perspective, I think communication is key to make sure everyone on your team is on the same page. We have a quick daily “stand up” call each morning to go over what we accomplished yesterday, what we are going to work on today, and if we have any questions or concerns. This can be by department to make it short and sweet but it keeps everyone in the loop. We also are heavy Slack users and are always posting updates and questions throughout the day. Personally, the only thing keeping me from getting major cabin fever is taking time to go for walks. A little bit of fresh air and exercise can make a huge difference!”

  • Liaison at FMTC

“For me, having my office space on a separate floor from the main floor activity is critical to not being distracted. Even a trip to the kitchen to grab some water can turn into a 30 minute detour.”

  • Memberships at the PMA

“A dedicated working space that is far enough away from the rest of the family is critical. Also, creating and adhering to a schedule (for the whole family) keeps the house flowing. On a personal note, evening board games and meals together has been a real silver lining to the lockdown.”

  • Exec at PartnerCentric

    “While working from home may appear to come with the “benefit” of not having to adhere a normal day-to-day routine, it’s been revealed to me that perhaps there is greater purpose in the routine itself than I gave it credit for. It turns out that regular exercise, sunshine, healthy food, plenty of hydration, sleeping habits – even showering and brushing teeth upon waking – are important for not just being around others, but being with ourselves, and our families. It’s shone a light on self-care and routine, under any circumstances, are important. If anything has been clearly illustrated in this pandemic, it’s the power of the individual, so it’s important to take care of ourselves!”

  • Customer Operations at Partnerize

Keep up to date with more Industry news at https://thepma.org/blog/.

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Tricia Meyer is an attorney and affiliate marketer. She is the founder and owner of Helping Moms Connect and Sunshine Rewards as well as the current Executive Director of the Performance Marketing Association. You can find her on Twitter @SunshineTricia.