Stuck at Home? It's Time to Learn New Skills

    Working remotely is not for the faint of heart. It requires discipline, dedication, and an ability to close out your personal world, all while the familiar relics of your home are surrounding you. If you’re unsure of how to balance your work life with your home life now that those lines are blurred, here are a few practical tips to keep you motivated (and sane) during the transition from office to home. 

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    Remote work opportunities have decreased by 50% YoY in the US and 21.5% in the UK, as per July 2023 LinkedIn data. Despite the shift towards in-office mandates, tech-focused companies, especially startups, continue to support or adopt remote setups. 

    As the workforce potentially leans more towards adapting to this evolving style of work, the shift from office to home demands discipline and dedication. Maintaining a balance between work and home life amidst blurred boundaries can be challenging. Stay motivated and sane with these practical tips for effective remote work:

    1. Now’s the time to learn a new skill

      Now that you don’t have a commute to contend with, take that extra time in your day to learn a new skill. Employers are nervous about the lack of transparency while their workforce is remote, so show your employer that you’re willing to go above and beyond by learning something new. Keeping your skills current and relevant benefits everyone and there are great online resources that make learning easy. Organizations like Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft offer learning opportunities that allow learners to also earn a digital credential as proof of that learning. 

    2. Become an expert in project management

      Not being able to bounce ideas off of colleagues in real-time comes with challenges. As your office works remotely (sometimes for the first time), take the reins on organizing projects digitally. Having a clear sense of organization will help your employer know that work is getting done and that everyone is on the same page. Digital project management tools like Trello, Wrike, and Asana are great for prioritizing work. 

    3. Set boundaries

      If you lived through the 2008 recession and remember what it was like to have to work during that time, the current state of the world may conjure memories that are adding to your day-to-day stress. If you’re home and have time between your workload, take 15 minutes to meditate, YouTube yoga poses, or go for a walk around your neighborhood. Work the same schedule you would if you were in the office. Connectivity tools are great, but so is prioritizing your mental health. 

    If you’re interested in learning more about how digital credentials can help your organization surface competency and validate skills, speak to our team now!

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