Remote Work Round-Up
Feb. 14th 2018
Working remote can mean more time for family, a healthier diet, and time for more exercise throughout the day. But how healthy is your home office? Here are five tips for designing a home office that keeps you happy and healthy in your remote role.
#1 Natural Light
Working in a dark cave can affect your mood AND your productivity. A 2013 study from Northwestern University found a strong correlation between the amount of workplace daylight exposure we get and our overall quality of life. Be sure to sit near a window if possible and open the blinds during the day to improve your focus, increase productivity, and get better sleep at night.
#2 Consider a Standing Desk
According to the National Institutes of Health, workers who sit at a desk most of the day have a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Adding a standing desk can protect your heart, help regulate your blood sugar, reduce lower back pain, and keep you energized throughout the day.
#3 Invest in Ergonomics
Ergonomic footrests, office chairs, and computer equipment help protect your lower back and spine from injury, especially if you're a chronic sloucher. Avoid unnecessary trips to the chiropractor with home office tools built specifically to keep you in proper alignment.
#4 Remove Toxins
Electronics, adhesives, paints, and inks are notorious for decreasing the air quality in your home where you don't have enormous ventilation systems like an office building would. Combat indoor air pollution by replacing these items with eco-friendly substitutes, and add some green plants to your work area as well.
#5 Add a Pop of Color
Different colors can trigger emotional reactions in our bodies that affect our mood and energy levels, so don't leave your color palette to chance! Create a more relaxing, laid back environment with greens, blues, and violets; add more energy to a room with yellow or red hues, and boost your creativity with bold purple shades. Cramped in small office that makes you feel overwhelmed? Minimize distractions and improve your focus with whites, grays, and other neutrals.
Now that your space is ready- apply to one of our ten newly listed remote jobs below! Or, head over to our online jobs page for even more available roles.
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.
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As schools across the nation close, and the majority of businesses mandate remote work, working parents are now faced with the ultimate challenge - how to balance their families and jobs under one roof while COVID-19 still remains a concern.
PowerToFly is bringing thought-leading professionals (and working moms!) to speak about balancing our new realities and how to best optimize your time at home. In this panel, we'll discuss maneuvering the difficulties of working from home from taking conference calls to juggle homeschooling/ childcare.
Don't feel the pressure, your children, partner and pets are welcome to join this virtual chat!
Join us for this live Q&A to learn new tips, strategies, and hear personal anecdotes from our panelists that have shaped these women into the incredible founders and mothers they are today. You will have the opportunity to ask questions during our free, virtual conversation and have the chance to snag a giveaway sponsored by PowerToFly and our panelists!
Meet the Panelists:
Christine Michel Carter, Creator of Mompreneur and Me
Featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post, Christine Michel Carter is the #1 global voice for working moms. Christine clarifies misconceptions about working mom consumers for brands and serves as an amplifier of their personal truths.
Mary Beth Ferrante, Co-Founder & CEO of WRK/360
Mary Beth Ferrante is a mom of two and advocate for creating inclusive workplaces for parents. She is the Co-Founder & CEO of WRK/360, a career development platform designed for working parents and managers to help companies support, retain and recruit working parents. In addition, she is a senior contributor for Forbes and her work has been featured in Today, Thrive Global, Working Mother, FairyGodBoss, ScaryMommy, and other leading publishers.
Amy Henderson, Founding CEO of TendLab
Amy Henderson is the founding CEO of TendLab, a consultancy addressing the challenges and opportunities parenthood brings into the workplace. TendLab's research-based approach reveals how parenthood can unlock career-critical skills--such as resiliency, courage, and the ability to collaborate--skills which are especially important during this COVID-19 pandemic.