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Take the time to set up a physical and virtual workspace that is safe, comfortable, and where you can work effectively.

Physical workspace

  • Find a safe space to work—good ventilation, proper lighting, good ergonomics, and comfortable furniture are just a few things​ to consider.​

  • If possible, aim for a space with minimal distractions (noise or clutter) and disruptions. We realize this can be challenging with others home as well during this time. ​

  • Identify a ‘work base’ where your equipment and materials can remain undisturbed, even if you shift locations during the day.​

Virtual workspace

  • A wired network connection is best,​ if possible. When using a wireless connection, consider your distance from the router and obstacles in between that can affect your connection quality.​

  • You can use many apps and sites with a standard internet connection. To securely access internal resources and work with confidential data, you might need to connect via VPN or remote desktop.​

  • Installing the apps you need on your phone is a great alternative when your local internet is experiencing high usage that affects your connectivity.​

  • Be aware of what is in view and use ‘blur my background’ in Microsoft Teams to help minimize distractions and protect privacy.​ Point your camera so your eyes are ~2/3 up the screen and your face is visible.​

Planning your time

Learn which tasks and meeting types are better for hybrid work or in-person work so that you can plan your schedule ahead of time. 

Tasks ideal for remote work

Tasks ideal for in-person work

  • Sharing information and project status

  • Short term planning

  • Spontaneous work

  • Work that requires focus

  • Building relationships

  • Discussing complex or sensitive topics

  • Influencing and networking

  • Creating team camraderie

Planning your tasks with Microsoft To Do

Microsoft To Do is a personal task management app that empowers users to track and focus on the things they need to get done. In Outlook for the web, Microsoft To Do is easily accessible for you to track your tasks, share tasks, and keep yourself focused on what's important to you.

Learn more about to create tasks and lists to help you prioritize and focus on the right tasks for the day.

Tips on balancing your schedule:


More tips on setting up your remote workspace

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