Now, more than ever, it is important for us to stay connected and to remember we're not alone. We're in this together. And, we're better together.
At Annmarie Skin Care, we’ve been 100% remote for some time now and we’re proud to say that. So in the effort of offering a helpful resource, we hope you take a look and take something away from it. It is a great documentation of our experiences and learnings and we hope you find it valuable during this challenging time.
7 highlights from our guide for working from home
We've highlighted some of our favorite takeaways below. Enjoy, beauty, and be well.
1. Tea time with new hires
Find creative ways to connect with your team
On each new hire’s first day, we have “Tea Time”, where everyone who is available, hops on Zoom and we all have tea (or any drink of your choice) and chat about a fun topic.
2. Context is key
Help your team understand
Being a remote company, we never know where people are in their day. Prefacing communication with context can really help prevent miscommunication. Letting team members know when you are focusing on a project, in a meeting, moving from your home to a cafe, etc. will help them understand if your responses are shorter than normal. Overcommunicating is always better than making assumptions.
3. Virtual meeting etiquette
Good habits for video calls
During meetings—keep your video on, stay engaged and avoid taking calls in noisy coffee shops. For meetings with outside vendors or sales calls, make sure you are in a quiet space with good lighting and strong internet connection.
4. Have a visible schedule
Let your team know which hours of the day you'll be online
We ask that each team member adds their working hours to their Google Calendar, and in their Slack status, so everyone else knows when they are working. We aim to be respectful of these hours.
5. Take breaks
Maintain work-life balance
We also want our team to take their lunch breaks, along with breaks throughout the day! Taking breaks is necessary in order to stay productive and, more importantly, maintain a happy work from home routine.
6. Create a morning routine
Feel fresh & ready for work
Get ready for work. Shower, wash your face, brush your teeth, do a face mask (perhaps our Illuminating Pearl Mask), change your clothes—whatever makes you feel fresh and ready for your new workday. Create a morning routine for yourself, and don’t jump right into emails until you start feeling like more of a person.
7. Ergonomics 101
Set up your space for success
Adjusting to your new home workspace can be a process. Make sure your computer is in the right place & your wrists, shoulders, neck and back are in the right posture. It is best to use a desk, adjustable chair, a desktop or laptop with a separate keyboard, mouse and monitor.