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Webinar: Mastering Your Work From Home Environment

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Mastering Your Work From Home Environment

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Your disrupted work environment may feel like starting a new job. You don’t know where to begin, how to get started, and how to prove your value and worth. All while demonstrating your capabilities and commitment to the team. This live virtual training will help you get the most from each work day and be highly-productive while minimizing the disruption.

Work from home may sound like a dream job to some, yet the expectations and accountability bring about a new twist. Demonstrating your skills and building continued trust with co-workers and supervisors has never been more important.


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This 90-minute live webinar will help you:

  • End the feeling of disconnection from your team
  • Explore communication tactics for working remotely
  • Become an energized self-starter
  • Position your environment and plan your workday
  • Ensure accountability and trust for your performance

and more…


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Where: From your own device. For best results you’ll utilize a webcam type device (and speakers) to connect into the seminar. Optionally, you can listen in and interact through questions without a video connection.

When: April 7, at 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US)

Who: This live virtual training is appropriate for anyone responsible to work from home while also navigating team commitment and accountability in a disrupted work environment.

This virtual (Zoom) seminar will be presented by business consultant and national level speaker, Dennis Gilbert.

Cost: $99 per participant


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5 Tips To Help You Work From Home

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There are some people who just realized their dream opportunity. Largely, this sudden shift may feel more like a nightmare to many people. Are you prepared to work from home?

More or less I have worked from home for the past 14 years. I’ve had part-time offices out of my home and spent many hours onsite at client locations. However, when I’m grinding out new content, writing, studying, and preparing for deliveries, I’m often at home.

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First, let me say that there are pros and cons. I spent over 20 years working in conventional workplace settings. I definitely recognize both sides of this story.

Solitude can drive you mad. Yes, it seems kinda cool at first, but after some time you miss the interactions and sometimes the climate of a face-to-face team. There is also no one immediately available to bounce ideas off of, except for your plant or a family pet.

Let me jump right in. Here are five tips to help you get started, stay productive, and not feel like you’re totally alone.

  1. Set a schedule. Planning to do things when you get around to it is probably a bad idea. If you’re planning to do some wash, run the vacuum, or get a snack for the kids you are best to plan around a schedule. A schedule keeps you focused during high energy times of the day and helps you avoid time sucking distractions. Productivity is going to be important so set a schedule.
  2. Prepare a work space. A home office is ideal. However, you can also use your kitchen island, a coffee table, or a stand up desk by using your ironing board. Your best work is going to occur if you can establish a place to setup and keep it somewhat permanent. Using your laptop on your recliner may work for processing some email but your best work is going to occur from a little bit more rigid work space.
  3. Block out distractions. It may feel pretty cool to have the news on the TV, or be jamming to music so loud that the neighbors can hear it, but these are largely distractions. While everyone is different and some will think that they work better with these distractions I encourage you to think twice. Every time you pause to think about something else, something different, or throw in the next load of laundry you are wasting time and more importantly energy.
  4. Take some breaks. A break is not necessarily a distraction. It can be an energizer. It can also be very healthy both emotionally and physically. Your best-case scenario is to plan your breaks. Set a timer and forget about it until you are alerted. You could take break every hour or every two or three. They are important and don’t skip too many.
  5. Teamwork. If you you’re working remotely with a team a great energizer is to plan for team calls or video chats. One way is to plan a call for every two hours. The team quickly assembles at the appropriate time and in a round-robin approach you take turns talking about what you accomplished since you last spoke and what you plan to accomplish in the next time slot. This call should last no more than 15 minutes. It is a quick huddle, and energizer, and a great way to hold each other accountable.

Working from home is just that, it’s work. Yes, you may be able to dress down a bit and yes, you may have some additional flexibility but there is still plenty of work to be done so don’t coast.


You may also be interested in the Managing Remote Work Teams or Master Your Work From Home Environment webinar(s).

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Social Distancing and Motivation for Working Alone

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Suddenly, you’re working from home, or working in a more isolated environment. Social distancing is one of the talking points of the day. Has it impacted you?

Office staff can work from home.

We’re rearranging working arrangements on premises, everyone must spread out.

Employees required to report on premises should attempt to stay at least six feet apart.

How are you navigating?

It is certainly a different World at the moment.


Some people may be saying, “Finally, I can get some work done without interruptions.”

That may seem pretty special. Even inviting, for a few days. However, eventually the solitude starts to set in.

It’s the little conversations you miss. The people, the interactions, and especially the drive and motivation to roll up your sleeves and dig in.

We’re lucky we have technology. Right now, there is an opportunity for technology to really shine.

Have you considered the possibilities?

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Jump into some social possibilities. Launch a Skype call, a Google Hangout, or work groups through Zoom.

Are you concerned about managing a remote staff?

There are some interesting differences and some clever ways to bring a new twist to being a supervisor. If you need some help, I’ve launched a 90-minute webinar happening on March 26, 2020.

Don’t sit on your hands. Take some moments to collect your thoughts.

Establish a plan, schedule an on-line meeting, have periodic check-ins, and talk about your game plan for the next hour or two. Circle back and compare notes. See who accomplished the most or who is getting left behind. Help each other.

It is amazing what we can do together.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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