How to stay productive and positive while working remotely
With the outbreak of COVID-19, scores of people are finding themselves working remotely for the first time. Trying to stay productive while at home with so many distractions can be overwhelming, so we asked women tech leaders what they were doing to work from home successfully. Along with getting a great pair of noise canceling headphones (game changer!), they have 10 excellent tips to help you thrive in a work-from-home environment.
1. Enjoy the outdoors (to the extent that your situation allows)<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjkwODU5OS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNDUxODYzNH0.kvwdBklZn16qF-CFP3cyK8Onxb7Wj0cyCJmIujef14o/img.jpg?width=980" id="ca7ed" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="260cf4a79b3d849bd1be1a320bb2b7a3" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>"Getting outside during the day is crucial for staying happy and productive. It's also one of the perks of not being tied to an office. Most days, I break my day into halves with the middle part of the day (the sunniest!) set aside for playing in the outdoors." -Kiersten Brezina, Community Manager at <a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/karat-inc" target="_blank">Karat</a>, Nomad (Currently, Arizona)<br></p>
2. Create a lively workspace<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjkwODYxOS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyMzU2NjU1Nn0.JHark1zyD_RbCW19po14ecU0WEwgYsBzgnXpWE-sWAE/img.jpg?width=980" id="aeece" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="c01093a82fcb917019771b111c8249e8" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />School notebook with coffee cup, smartphone and plant on wooden table. Top view from above<p>"Bring life to your desk. If you can, work where there are windows and direct sunlight, and put a lovely plant-friend on your desk. This will stimulate your mind and protect your eyes from painful overhead lights." - Lauren Batcheck, Senior Director of People, <a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/good-money" target="_blank">Good Money</a>, Utah</p>
3. Stay organized with a daily schedule<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjkwNjEyNC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxMzEzNzIyNX0.BpBUTfR_NNlvY2WjeqO1zQVgqvtX6OC1cn2nXw2bsj0/img.jpg?width=980" id="cbe9f" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="30aa2751ff7a6c224fb40e6c516e9a35" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Mary's Nespresso machine is one of her must work from home items<p><br>"A few things that have kept me very productive during these trying times, is creating a daily schedule and to do list- all while holding myself accountable to stick to it. (Trello Boards or any free project management tools are great to utilize!) " -Mary Sellaro, Talent Branding & Events Specialist, <a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/cargurus" target="_blank">CarGurus</a>, Cambridge MA<br></p>
4. Spend time with your coworkers - virtually<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjkwODYyNC9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwMjQ2MTU3M30.24IA2Nrpzl5GDjblTYS3uNomTxRr4IxBdBWABsNwxbo/img.png?width=980" id="b6942" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="4149356090f66836cd1816575d6b26b0" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>"Have time to get together, without an agenda with your team, it can be even do work while everyone is on zoom, so that there is a feeling of others around you." - Camila Franco, Senior Director of Product, <a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/good-money" target="_blank">Good Money</a>, California</p>
5. Break large projects in to bite sized chunks<p>"Focus on the outcomes of your work. It is easy to get overwhelmed. Break big outcomes into smaller steps. What do you need to do to get that larger outcome complete? Do that next step. Focus on moving the ball towards those outcomes. Don't get wrapped up in distractions. Start small with three big things you need to accomplish, do those and then prioritize the next three things." - Debra Brown, our VP Sales, Americas, <a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/chainalysis" target="_blank">Chainalysis,</a> NYC</p>
6. Making parenting a team effort<p>"I'm fortunate in that I am able to alternate hours with my husband so that we can both continue to WFH while caring for our young son. I'm glad to have his company during the day and have appreciated the opportunity to be more involved in our son's development." - Natasha Jaffe, Tech Lead Manager, <a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/flatiron-health-inc" target="_blank">Flatiron Health</a>, NYC</p>
7. Add lots of breaks into your day — and know that it's okay to treat yourself, literally!<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjkwODU5NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzNTk3MDI4M30.Zt8dkruh2zvQ0OS_G6ugHOhfejfH7D4CDCuRWZBRVe4/img.jpg?width=980" id="234cf" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="b8906b2ffb7c0b95de562d2021040f42" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>"Take breaks at home that you could never take in the office. Take non-lunch food breaks. Learn how to make just one dessert that can last for a few days. It could be anything but it has to be something you love. Leave your computer and take bites of this often. I had cheesecake for breakfast between morning calls today, and I'm not mad about it. [Also] find something that smells amazing and be present in it for a couple of minutes. Burn incense, essential oils in your aromatherapy machine, or put your favorite lotion on your hands. Anything that brings you peace for a few moments. Breathe as deeply as you can and get the oxygen levels rising in your body." - Julia Landry, Design Director, <a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/good-money" target="_blank">Good Money</a>, Texas<br></p>
8. Enjoy your furbabies (and set yourself up for success by designing a space you love)<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjkwNjE3OS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MTM3NTkyNH0.FlC4IqtnACWpOzrqNsWiCJwO_5DcGTG_0ft-X5W5l_o/img.jpg?width=980" id="17be8" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="80b7d06b905f931e2d2a49454ddaedea" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Diana Tuck's trusty four-legged sidekick<p><span></span>"I have 4 great office mates - two dogs and two cats - who are readily available for impromptu cuddles. It's a great stress reliever! I've also surrounded my office with plants inside and out, with a few bird feeders outside my windows. And noise-cancelling headphones are a must!" - Diana Tuck, Software Engineer, <a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/elastic" target="_blank">Elastic</a>, WA.</p><p><span></span>For more great tips, be sure to check out Elastic's <a href="https://www.elastic.co/blog/culture-careers-elastic-tips-and-tricks-for-working-at-home" target="_blank">latest blog post</a> about working remotely. </p>
9. Get dressed like you're going to work<p>"Get dressed every day: What you wear can really affect the way you work. Wearing clothing that you would normally wear to go outside helps set the tone for the day." - Chloe Chow, Senior Product Manager, <a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/good-money" target="_blank">Good Money</a>, California</p>
10. Be empathetic<p>"I put myself in others' shoes, and I think that's why I like working in Human Resources. My job is global, so if I can't envision what it's like to work in Hong Kong during political unrest, or London during a complete national lockdown, I can't direct a team which designs the most effective programs to help our employees who work and live there.<br></p><p>It's also important to think really locally, to the people all around you, right now. Look at every situation from as many viewpoints as you can. Whether you're in a meeting, or managing a lateral relationship, or managing 'up' to your boss, think about what it might like to be in their shoes." - Renee Christoff, Head of Global Associate Engagement and Corporate Responsibility, <a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/t-rowe-price-group-inc" target="_blank">T. Rowe Price</a>, Maryland</p>
If you're interviewing for Product Manager roles, you should be ready to answer some product-management-specific interview questions in addition to the more generic ones we've all come to know and love.
From Generous Paid Leave to Adoption Benefits, These 7 Companies Understand the Importance of Caring for Employees' Whole Selves
It's well known that the United States is the only developed country without a paid parental leave policy.
As of 2018, only 17% of U.S. workers had access to paid parental leave.
Reflecting on how far we've come and where we're going - as cited in Fortune, Coindesk, and the Accel Blog.
One of our company values is "radical gradualism." It reflects the combination of our big ambitions— to build foundational technology for the reinvention of the world's financial system— with our insistence on debating every important decision along the way. We are thoughtfully and deliberately paving the way for the responsible use of cryptocurrency among governments, financial institutions, cryptocurrency businesses, and consumers. This is no small task. That is why we are excited to announce that to further our mission of building trust in blockchains, we've raised a $30M Series B led by Accel, with participation from existing investors.
We have come a long way since we announced our $16M Series A in April 2018. We:
- Continued to grow our data advantage. We now support 85% of the top twenty coins by trading volume.
- Deployed Chainalysis KYT (Know Your Transaction), our real-time anti-money laundering and compliance solution for cryptocurrencies, and now have over 100 financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges signed up to use it.
- Expanded our coverage beyond Bitcoin to include Ether, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, and stablecoins to better analyze the funds involved in money laundering schemes, track contributions to ICO scams, and identify other forms of illicit activity in both Chainalysis Reactor, our investigations solution, and Chainalysis KYT (Know Your Transaction), our compliance solution.
- Broadened our support of global investigations with Chainalysis Reactor and have now tracked billions of dollars of stolen funds.
This is just the beginning. Illicit activity will continue to increase in absolute terms as the industry grows and as institutions prepare to transact in cryptocurrency. We will use our new funding to grow our global footprint, double down on our data, invest even more in new cryptocurrencies and multi-currency support, and continue to improve our compliance and investigation software. There is significant work to do in preparation for regulatory clarity and the institutionalization and mainstream adoption of cryptocurrency.
Growing our global footprint
Although we've had feet on the ground in London for a while, we are excited to officially open an office there. As our second European office following Copenhagen, London will act as our hub for European business as well as anchoring our research. We will look to double our headcount there, tapping into London's deep talent pool. The city is optimal for its proximity to top universities that increasingly recognize cryptocurrency as a technology poised to reshape the way people exchange value across the world. The office will position us to work with the major financial institutions and cryptocurrency businesses based in that market, as well as European governments. It's also convenient that our newest board member, Accel's Philippe Botteri, is based in London!
Additionally, we expect to continue to grow our business in APAC. In particular, cryptocurrency businesses founded in the region are quickly adopting anti-money laundering (AML) technology like ours in order to compete in the global arena and engage with users in the U.S. and Europe, and we expect this trend to continue. Cryptocurrency is borderless by design, and our technology can be used seamlessly across the world, regardless of local or international regulations.
Doubling down on data
Our core objective is to organize the world's blockchain data and make it accessible and useful to governments, financial institutions, and cryptocurrency businesses. We are doubling down on our investment in our people and technology that builds our understanding of how and why people use cryptocurrencies. Specifically, we are building a team that is focused on attributing more services associated with criminal activity, including darknet markets, scams, ransomware, terrorist financing, and sanctions evasion.
Our investigations and compliance software are only as good as our underlying historical data. It's like Netflix building a catalogue: the new shows are great, but they also need the classics for a complete collection. Chainalysis is the only company that has been systematically collecting information that links real world entities to blockchain transactions since 2014.
We analyze new cryptocurrencies far in advance of launching them in our products. This year, we'll prepare for coins that we expect to launch in 2020. We maintain rigorous standards on our level of data coverage before we make new coins available in our products. This ensures fast investigations and accurate risk scores for our customers.
Investing even more in new cryptocurrencies and multi-currency support
We know it's critical for our customers that we cover the most widely used cryptocurrencies. Cryptocurrency businesses need to monitor the breadth of coins and tokens they support, and investigators need to trace across multiple blockchains. That's why we overhauled our infrastructure and completely rethought how to best support multiple cryptocurrencies in our products. Now we're prioritizing the cryptocurrencies that have significant market share or are particularly meaningful to our customers. Last month we announced our expansion into stablecoins, with Paxos and TrustToken as our launch partners for Chainalysis KYT for Stablecoins. Stay tuned for additional coins and tokens rolling out over the next several months.
Continually improving our compliance and investigation software to create the fair marketplace for the responsible adoption of cryptocurrencies
We believe cryptocurrencies' open ledgers can actually set the standard for "regtech" once overarching regulation is in place. By harnessing technology like ours, regulators, compliance departments, consultancies, and Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) can gain unprecedented insight into how and why people move money across the world. In addition to this transparency, blockchain compliance technology can screen transactions in real time. This visibility and velocity means cryptocurrency can, in many circumstances, help identify underlying risks better than in traditional financial markets.
In other words, we're ready to help governments, financial institutions, and cryptocurrency businesses enforce and comply with regulations across jurisdictions. That said, we are always improving Chainalysis Reactor and Chainalysis KYT to help our customers navigate a world in which cryptocurrency is more clearly regulated and therefore more mainstream. We're focused on making our powerful software easier to use and releasing advanced features for even more insight and control.
Blockchains' potential to bring positive change is broad, ranging from streamlining remittances to serving the underbanked in the U.S. and abroad. But there is a long road ahead before cryptocurrency fulfills this potential. Building trust— among governments, financial institutions, cryptocurrency businesses, and consumers— is the most vital step in cryptocurrency's transformation into an invaluable technology that protects our safety and enables greater prosperity. We believe this radical transformation is best done gradually, and we're looking forward to this exciting next phase of our company's— and our industry's— growth.
We're growing! Check out our 25+ open roles here.
For us here at PowerToFly, 2019 is in full swing! We already have a slew of live and web events lined up for January not to mention our VIP Program (where VIPs can enjoy weekly virtual lunch & learns with women leaders) and new offerings such as career coaching.
But before we jump too much into the new year, I wanted to take a quick look back at our final event of 2018, an evening of "cocktails and conversations" featuring some of New York's fastest-growing startups.
A packed house!
PowerToFly CoFounder & CEO Milena Berry.
Shilpa Deshpande, Data Science Engineer at Chainalysis
Michele Martone, Head of QA Engineering at Better Mortgage
Lauren Javaly, Engineer Developer at RapidSOS
Our panel of women tech leaders.
Our panel took questions from the audience.