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Leading teams in a flexible workplace

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The current world events are pushing businesses to look at flexible work environments for their staff. These articles from Harvard Business Review offer guidelines for flexible workplaces.  The summaries below will help to get you up to speed quickly, and if you want the full story, just follow the links provided.

5 Tips to Work from Home More Effectively

  1. Maintain a regular schedule. Set a schedule and stick to it. Start the day as you would at work. Get up early, get dressed, and avoid distractions.
  2. Set clear boundaries. One way to do this is to have a sperate place in your home for work. Schedule your time with your work, with your family and with yourself.
  3. Take regular breaks
  4. Stay Connected. Put in the extra effort to stay connected with your workmates. Check-in and tell people what you’re doing.
  5. Celebrate your wins. Take time each day to attend to and celebrate the things you got done.

Full article

O’Hara, C. (2014). 5 Ways to Work from Home More Effectively. Harvard Business Review. https://hbr.org/2014/10/5-ways-to-work-from-home-more-effectively

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Guidelines for working parents

Stuart Friedman and Alyssa Westring have created a set of Guidelines in Harvard Business Review for working parents to prepare for and manage coronavirus-related school and daycare closures.

  1. Talk to your boss:
    • Talk through different scenarios that may play out
    • Understanding your Boss’s expectations
    • Aim for ways that make things work for everyone, not just you.
    • Be ready to adjust on the fly
  2. Get on the same page as your parenting partner:
    • How to share and balance childcare and housework and work
    • Talk through different scenarios that may play out
    • Consider creative solutions now like zones in the house or working in shifts
    • Be ready to adjust on the fly
  3. Leverage technology wisely:
    • Consider how to make technology work for all of you
    • For younger children, recognise you may need to relax screen-time restrictions to allow you to get work done.
    • Understand your home technological capabilities. For example, will your work videoconference work when the family are downloading Netflix or Gaming.
    • Prepare for technology to slow down and have a plan B .. everyone will be on Netflix and the internet!
  4. Mobilise your village:
    • Plan deliberately for your trade-offs to Think of creative options
    • Kids can get together in virtual playdates.
  5. Think Big Picture:
    • Lead our children through this potentially scary time.
    • Think of those who are more vulnerable like grandparents or elderly neighbours
    • Take the opportunities to talk with our children about what we value as parents; caring for others, helping those in need etc.

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Full article

Friedman, S. D., & Westring, A. F. (2020). How Working Parents Can Prepare for Coronavirus Closures. Harvard Business Review. https://hbr.org/2020/03/how-working-parents-can-prepare-for-coronavirus-closures

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Matt is the Market Development Manager at QUTeX and has considerable experience in client relationships, in senior leadership roles and in development of new educational products. Matt has over 16 years experience in the Education Industry with QUT and Federation University. Before entering the university sector Matt held senior project and program management positions with IBM and with WorldCom where he was responsible for the set-up of international program management offices. Matt holds an Executive MBA from QUT.

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