Like it or not, we’ve all become homebodies since the coronavirus has forced businesses (like Jobvite!), families, and individuals to social distance, a.k.a. stay at home a lot. There have been a lot of great articles and guides written about how to best work from home, and that’s important!
But there’s more to thriving during a shelter-in-place than being productive. It’s just as important to remain healthy, stay connected, and find ways to interact with the things you enjoy that will make this unusual time bearable, and dare we say, a little more enjoyable.
Here are some tools and strategies that the Jobvite team are using to satisfy different personalities, working styles, and interests. We hope you and your family can benefit from using them, too.
1) Invest in house plants – If your ability to go outdoors is limited, bring the outside, in! Try these decorative and oh-so-naturey succulents that can survive new plant owners and a quarantine.
Amazon, 3pcs Owl Succulent Pots with 3 Tier Bamboo Saucers Stand Holder – $16.99
2) Check out some inspiring nature documentaries – With our HD tv’s, watching a nature doc can make it seem like you’re pretty much there. From region-specific docs about Africa to films about the world’s cutest animals, Amazon Prime, Netflix, and many other streaming services offer a fascinating look into the world around us.
Amazon, Check out mydomaine’s list of the best nature documentaries on Netflix. – Free for Netflix subscribers
3) Venture outside (responsibly!) to a state park – States have different protocols for protecting its citizens against the coronavirus. But most allow and encourage their communities to go outside for a reprieve. State parks are a wonderful way to do that because there’s more space for people to roam responsibly.
Statepark.org, Take a look at stateparks.org for a comprehensive list of state parks in every state. – Entrance prices vary per park, but many are offering discounted rates right now.
For Those Committed to Health & Wellness
1) Prioritize a good breakfast – With many households having parents, kids, and pets all together, people don’t necessarily have more time on their hands. But there does tend to be a little more flexibility in our schedules for things like a healthy breakfast. Whether you want to treat your family to a scrumptious breakfast of eggs, bacon, and toast or you want to include the whole gang in making homemade granola, now is a great time to start off the day right.
Amazon, Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker with Timer – $39.99
2) Invest in home gym equipment – For some, the health of their physical bodies directly affects their mental and emotional health. With gyms being closed across many states, getting a workout in is not simply a luxury people are missing. It’s a necessity people are struggling to adjust to. Thankfully, virtual workout classes have closed the gap, and purchasing home gym equipment can go a long way to holistic health.
Amazon, Dumbbell Set w/Durable Rack – $42.99
3) Create a peaceful, tranquil space – Whether it’s a new desk for a home office space or soft, mood lighting for a living or bedroom space, it’s so important to create a calming space where you feel most at ease. And it doesn’t have to be big things! It can be something as small as a candle.
Etsy, Bookish Candles – Literary Candles – $13.45
For the Helpers
1) Write letters or draw pictures for nursing home residents – Vulnerable populations like the elderly and those that are immuno-comprised are experiencing an isolation more extreme than most. That means they’re most in need of human connection and compassion. For people that have a talent for writing or drawing, creating something fun and mailing it to a local nursing home will brighten someone’s day.
Amazon, Motivational Quote Cards – $9.99
2) Give the gift of food – Even though now is the perfect time to learn a new recipe or take an online cooking class, it’s nice to take a break from cooking every once in a while. Consider supporting local restaurants by purchasing a gift card and sending it to a friend. Or take advantage of e-cards you can send via email.
GrubHub, GrubHub e-gift card – Add as much as you’d like!
3) Plan a virtual get-together with colleagues and friends – Happy hours and viewing parties are a big part of our social fabric. And now, thanks to technology, we can eat meals, have a beer, and watch movies with our friends even while practicing good social distancing! Many people are familiar with using tools like Zoom and Google Hangouts at work, but now people are using them to plan virtual social hours.
Discord, Apps like Discord enable groups to play games together – Free
For the Busy Worker Bees
1) Get a second monitor – Dual monitors have become the norm in many workplaces, and not working with one (or two, in this case) is one of the biggest complaints we’ve heard from people having to work from home for the first time. Thankfully, there are many options for buying a second monitor, from some that attach to your laptop to others you place on your desk.
Amazon, Acer monitor – $129.99
2) Noise-Cancellation headphones – Top-notch headphones appear in nearly every “tips for working from home” list that you see and for good reason. Now that people are working at home alongside their partners and kids, it’s more important than ever to invest in quality headphones that cancel out all the noise. They can get pricey, but there are also a lot of good mid-range options.
Amazon, Boltune Noise Cancelling Headphones, [2019 Upgraded] – $91.99
3) An ergonomically (and aesthetically) pleasing chair – For those working from home, it’s easy to find yourself sitting more than usual. It’s important to have a desk that’s comfortable and good-looking. There are numerous colors, styles, and price options to choose from on Amazon, Wayfair, and other online furniture stores.
Amazon, Art Leon Vanity Chair, Modern Beetle Shell Velvet Upholstered Chair – $99.99
4) Set boundaries between work and life – When where you work is also where you live, there’s bound to be some overlap. But it’s really important to make those overlap moments the exception, not the rule. We know it’s easier said than done, but scheduling time on your calendar to exercise, cook with the family, and put the computer away for the day has proven successful for our team. Having a physical indicator of scheduled events throughout the day, like an alarm clock you keep on your desk (that you can hook up to your phone and color-code to certain times and events), can also help!
If you’re a recruiter working from home, please feel free to check out our free “Guide to Remote Recruiting.” In the guide, we walk through the best practices for working and recruiting from anywhere in the world.
And, whether you’re a recruiter or not, we’re here to help with any of your talent needs, so feel free to reach out to us with any questions.