Karina Tama, founder of Senior Care Clicks, met with Jason Barnard, the SERP brand man and keynote speaker, to discuss the challenges of working remotely during COVID19 and exchange some tips. You also avoid interruptions from colleagues who can easily distract you – “I feel like having a coffee”, “you can help me with this”, “it doesn’t look good” and so on. Since then, I have combined teleworking with the nomadic, homeless life, constantly on the road and working remotely. I have learned a lot about self-motivation, the structure of the working day, the separation of work and family life, how to handle remote communication and even working with people you don’t know. While some may find it difficult to adjust to the new “temporary” normality, telecommuting is likely to offer a long-term perspective for many people. But whatever she expected of me that took more than five minutes had to wait for the ten-minute “official” break, lunch, or the end of the day. Since the COVID-19 virus struck, the world has been subjected to “self-quarantine” and “social distancing”, and many companies around the world have been forced to support teleworking. But as long as the boss is smart, I hope that if the work people do at home is so good and valuable to the business, more companies will allow people to work at home for some time. Young children need your attention and don’t understand that you can’t stop working when they want to. I did them all on my laptop, using my mobile phone as an access point, not a single glitch, and my video and sound quality was better than with home wifi, as you can see . Videoconferencing becomes a tricky business when someone has a bad connection in the session – sentence breaks, misunderstandings, interruptions, all of this builds up quickly and can ruin a good session. Don’t be afraid to cut the video to make sure everything is heard, good sound is the most important thing in a conversation. My phrase was “back home, back home, jigged jig” – it was the sign that every day my attention was becoming 100% familiar. And that can only be one thing to motivate people working at home for the first time.

Jason Barnard Karina