Working remotely for success

Editor’s note: Ashley Alexander, Organizational Development and Learning Associate with the University Libraries, put together this list of guides and resources for U of M staff in response to the University’s closure during COVID-19. Many of the resources are relevant and available to the public. Stay healthy and well.

Online guides

Woman on the phone and looking at her laptop while holding her baby girl on her lap.Best Practices for Working From Home: This guide gives ideas for setting up your space, creating a routine, maintaining productivity, and staying connected to your coworkers.

Work from Home Projects: Once you are in your routine, you might be finding yourself looking for projects to work on. This is especially true if your primary work can only be done on-site. This document provides some ideas to keep you going.

Courses on working remotely

Time Management – Working from Home: This LinkedIn Learning Course dives deeper into the best practices you can follow to feel confident while working from home.

Leading Virtual Meetings: This LinkedIn Learning Course provides useful tips for setting up and facilitating virtual meetings. For Zoom help, check out this video.

Mindfulness and wellbeing

Things are going to be bumpy for a bit and stress is inevitable. The Center for Spirituality and Healing has plenty of resources on managing stress and building mindfulness practices to support your wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around you.

Professional development

Now may be a good time to focus on your professional development. For U of M staff, students, and faculty, you have access to LinkedIn Learning. Here are some course playlists on specific topics that you may find useful:

Managing remote teams

Managers are learning a new way of leading — from a distance. Here are some recommended resources to help make that transition, along with general supervisory development to brush up on core skills.

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U of M supervisory development
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