working remotely

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Working Remotely

Typically a Monday morning in my life goes like this: I’m struggling to find an outfit for the day that I like, I straighten my hair, throw on some make up, brush my teeth, and run out the door. Today, life is different. I brush my teeth, throw on some slippers, and head downstairs to my desk. I haven’t brushed my hair or changed out of my PJs. My eyes are still trying to adjust to waking up while staring at my computer screen. I type in my desktop password, hit enter and I’m at work – remotely that is.

In our group message board, the “Good mornings!” start to roll in and we begin our work day. COVID-19 has forced many of us to work from home or some of us to not work at all. Thankfully I have and am able to work remotely. After my first week of working remotely, I have discovered what is good, bad, and ugly about working from home.

The Good:

  • I have discovered that I am a pretty independent worker and I fly through daily tasks now without any office distractions.
  • The stress of getting ready in the morning is almost completely gone. If I have a video conference I will get ready some, but if I don’t I am not wasting my time!
  • I don’t have to get up and prep myself for the day.
  • I get to sleep in and have more time to spend with my family.
  • I never forget my lunch!

The Bad:

  • Glitches are inevitable when working remotely and we are working through each hurdle as they come. We have a wonderful IT team that has been a HUGE help to all of us.
  • My work space is set up differently, so getting adjusted to where everything is located and what I need to do with different apps has had its struggles.
  • It can be lonely. I miss the normality of going into the office and being around the people I work with. 
  • Playing phone tag and messing with lots of different applications and messages. It can be overwhelming.

The Ugly:

  • Worrying about what is to come with COVID-19, it’s been hard to concentrate at times. Asking myself questions about what things are going to be like in the future and when things will get back to normal?
  • Honestly, my outfit somedays.

Tips for staying on task:

  • Set a timer on your phone or watch for every 15 minutes or so. Check your email or other entities when the timer goes off.
  • Make a daily schedule for yourself. Plan out your day!
  • Write down what you are going to do by the hour and check in on it as the day progresses.  
  • Give yourself a break every once in awhile from sitting at the desk. Stand up and stretch, eat a snack, or use the restroom.

With all of this in mind, I feel like working remotely has some great aspects depending on the work you do. This pandemic has helped my company prepare for all remote working conditions. If I became sick in the future, I feel I could choose to work from home that day instead of miss a day. Personally, I wouldn’t want to work from home every day but others might discover that they could! Whatever your take is on working remotely just know AurStaff will always be here for your company and your staffing needs.

Cierra Fetters, AurStaff

Cierra Fetters, Office Coordinator
Cierra is what some people call a “military brat”. Although having lived all over the United States, she has always considered Nebraska home. She attended hair school and completed her training, acquiring her cosmetology license. She has been with AurStaff since October 2019 as an Office Coordinator. In Cierra’s free time she enjoys spending time with her son, going to the zoo, and attending rock concerts.

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