Reader recommended

Posted on Apr 30, 2020 ::
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

The past several weeks have been anything but normal, with many of us thrust into the world of working from home with little time to prepare. This month, we asked Insight readers to share how they’re staying connected and the keys to work-from-home success.

— Compiled by Insight Editor MaryBeth Matzek


On the same team

“Our company uses Microsoft Teams for meetings, including video ones, and it has made it much easier to communicate. For me personally, I use a dedicated space in our basement to make it feel more like an ‘office’ and minimize distractions.”

Darin Schumacher, Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists, Green Bay


Love what you do

“I’ve worked from home for a while. I think the biggest tip for maintaining productivity is to really enjoy what you do. I love my clients and I get excited about helping them, so that’s fuel enough to keep me motivated through the ups and downs of
being self-employed.”

Mary Schmidt, Schmidt Communicates, Maribel


Follow a schedule

“Personally, I maintain a regular routine like I would if I had to go into my office. I get up and do an online boot camp. So, get up, work out, make breakfast and get ready for my workday from home. I think keeping a routine is important to being productive.”

Dawn Nowakowski, Wisconsin Public Television, Appleton


Create your space

“Designating a space is helpful, feels more consistent and makes it easier to focus if you can leave your tools — laptop, notebooks, phone, etc. — in place each day. Mine is a table in a corner of a bedroom, but I can close the door, so it works. Keeping a schedule is harder. If you have kids home, I’d say expect to work around frequent interruptions and plan dedicated blocks of work time whenever possible.”

Leslie Haley, Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh


Block out noise

“One app that I highly recommend looking into is Krisp. It’s a noise-canceling app that mutes and eliminates virtually all background noise. If you’re going to be on a lot of conference calls and don’t want the client or your colleagues distracted by your dog barking, your children playing or gunfire from your teen’s Call of Duty game, then this is the app for you. Krisp offers subscription plans, but its Freemium version is very generous.”

Bryan Steiner, Optimal Digital Marketing, Appleton