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Pandemic – Forcing the New Work from Home Culture
By Mary T. O’Sullivan, MSOL
(Photo: Psychology Today)
up and get ready just like you’re going to work [in the office]. If you stay in
your slippers all day you will not be as productive.” Elijah Schneider, CEO
& founder of Modifly
For the last six years, I have worked from home, or in a
rented office that I occupy alone. The challenges I faced were not connected to
my desire or my drive to complete tasks or work with clients. The hard part was
getting used to a different routine and a new daily structure. At my one-person
office, I wasn’t even sure what to do first, hang up my coat, turn on the
lights, put away my lunch, or get my computer into the docking station. I felt
confused as soon as I unlocked the door and walked in. At home, I couldn’t
figure out how to organize myself. I picked an uncomfortable chair, didn’t use
a monitor, and ended up being very distracted by my surroundings. I also missed
the company of co-workers, the undercurrent of office babble and got weary of
eating lunch alone.
Now, I’ve made some adjustments to make my work more fun and
more social. Here’s what I learned to do as a veteran Work from Homer (WFH).
Working from home does take some getting used to.
It’s different than being in the office with a morning and evening commute and a
normal pace of work. It can be isolating and distracting. The dog will bark in
the middle of a conference call. Your cat may saunter across your laptop while
you ponder a complex spreadsheet. The kids may fight among themselves, or barge
in when you least expect it. Distractions like this will abound. You need to
keep your sense of equilibrium and sanity and practice the all-important elements
of self-care: keep a routine, exercise, use technology for work and social
connections, set boundaries
between your work and home, keep your workspace tidy, make time
for a lunch break, have a designated workspace, and get your family to
help around the house. You’re working from home, it’s your livelihood, you need
this job, so perform as if your income depended upon it, because it just may.
O’Sullivan has over 30 years of experience in the aerospace and defense
industry. In each of her roles she acted as a change agent, moving teams and
individuals from status quo to higher levels of performance, through offering
solutions focused on changing behaviors and fostering growth.
a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University. In
addition, she is also an International Coaching Federation Professional
Certified Coach, a Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified
Professional and has a Graduate Certificate in Executive and Professional
Coaching, from the University of Texas at Dallas.
In her leadership and executive coaching, she
focuses on improving the executive behaviors that slow down performance and
lead to growth, such as soft skills, communication, micro-bias awareness, etc.
She has successfully helped other professionals, such as attorneys, surgeons,
pharmacists, and university professors, make career decisions to lead to
success in their chosen careers. In
addition, small business owners have sought Mary’s services to bring their
companies into greater alignment, working on their culture, vision, mission,
values and goals as well as organizational structure. Mary’s executive coaching
has been mainly with large organizations among them: Toray Plastics America,
Hasbro, Raytheon Company, Lockheed Martin, CVS Healthcare, Sensata
Technologies, Citizen’s Bank, Ameriprise, BD Medical Devices, Naval Undersea
Warfare Center, (Newport, R.I.), General Dynamics, University of Rhode Island,
Community College of Rhode Island, etc.
Mary has facilitated numerous workshops on
various topics in leadership such as, emotional intelligence, appreciative
inquiry, effective communication, leading in adversity, etc. She has also
written extensively on similar topics.
also a certified Six Sigma Specialist, Contract Specialist, IPT Leader and
holds a Certificate in Essentials of Human Resource Management from the Society
of Human Resources Development. Mary is also an ICF certified Appreciative
Inquiry Practitioner, and a Certified Emotional Intelligence assessor and
addition, Mary holds a permanent teaching certificate in the State of New York
for secondary education with Advanced Studies in Education from Montclair
University, State University of New York at Oswego and Syracuse University. She is also a member Beta Gamma Sigma
and the International Honor Society.
dedicates herself to coaching good leaders to get even better through positive
approaches to behavior change for performance improvement.