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Companies around the world are encouraging their employees to work from home to prioritise the health and safety of their workforce and communities amid coronavirus. Almost overnight, remote work has become mainstream. It’s affecting the USA and other countries more at the moment, but it’s only a matter of time that we in NZ may be effected to the same degree.

Related: Take the COVID-19 Remote Work Readiness Assessment

Working through this rapid change can be hard and we’re moving quickly to help members get the information they can trust, stay connected to their community and learn now to be more productive and successful in their jobs.

Since January 2020 “remote working” searches on LinkedIn Learning have tripled as both employees and managers increasingly look for advice on how to navigate the challenges of working remotely and managing a remote workforce.

I wanted to share with you some knowledge and resources that LinkedIn is providing for free during this time.

Below are 13 courses that may be able to help you, your managers and your team. These courses feature top tips from remote work experts to figure out how to:

15 Remote Working Resources

Maximize Efficiency and Productivity of Remote Work

New to working from home? These courses provide work/life hacks that can help you create a productive remote work environment, optimize your schedule for peak productivity (including meaningful breaks to help you avoid burnout), and show up the way you want to on video conference calls:

  1. Working Remotely – 1 hr
  2. Time Management: Working From Home – 1 hr 25 min
  3. Productivity Tips: Finding Your Productive Mindset – 59 min
  4. Executive Presence on Video Conference Calls – 34 min

Manage the Impact of Adjusting to Your New Work Environment

Your well-being is inextricably linked to productivity. The transition from an office environment to a remote work environment can throw us off balance. Learn how to bounce back and shift the relationship with your stress response with the help of these courses:

  1. Thriving @ Work: the Connection between Well-being and Productivity – 41 min
  2. Managing Stress for Positive Change – 57 min
  3. Building Resilience – 34 min
  4. Developing Resourcefulness – 18 min

Remotely Manage and Lead Teams

Managing and leading teams under normal circumstances has its challenges. So, how do you lead a team remotely and make sure to keep your people engaged? Learn how to encourage productivity, engagement and boost morale remotely with the following courses:

  1. Leading at a Distance – 36 min
  2. Managing Virtual Teams – 56 min
  3. Leading Virtual Meetings – 32 min

Then if you’re more into podcasts, here’s a collection of casts on Managing Effectively During COVID-19.

Download a copy of our own Pandemic Action Plan Template. It’s something we’ve developed for our own organisation that you may be interested in using for your own.

Remote Work Productivity Tools

For many of us, a new work environment means new virtual technology. Get to know the productivity tools that will help you connect with colleagues when you’re not in the same physical location:

  1. Learning Skype – 1 hr 4 min
  2. Microsoft Teams Tips & Tricks – 1 hr 1 min
  3. Microsoft Teams – 10 video series by iT360

Whether you’re new to remote work and looking for tips on how to be productive in your new home office, or you’re leading a team and looking for ways to keep your employees connected, we hope these resources can help you on your path to becoming more effective regardless of where you are.

Outside of this learning, there may very likely be some real requirements and needs for technical setup, training and other things. Please reach out as we’re beginning to help clients throughout this process and would love to ensure your setup for what’s ahead.

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