The Ultimate Work From Home Guide

Everything You Need to Know About Remote Work

COVID-19 Has Forced Businesses to Adapt
Flexible Work Arrangements

With the unprecedented events happening around the world, businesses are being forced to adopt a new norm. This means employing various strategies to keep the business running and, at the same time, keep everybody safe and healthy.

However, not all businesses are prepared for this sudden shift. That’s why we compiled a list of resources to help guide you through this situation. Whatever you’re industry is, small or large business, a frontline worker or a CEO, you’ll find everything you need in this guide.

Remote Work Resources for Specific Roles

CEOs & Business Owners
CEOs & Business Owners

Get your priorities straight. Know which areas to focus on that have a high and long-term impact on the business.

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CIOs and IT Managers
CIOs and IT Managers

Create the perfect environment for everyone in the organisation to be productive while keeping company data safe.

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Managers
Managers

Learn how you can manage your team effectively during these times.


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Individual Contributor
Individual Contributor

Optimize your work, increase your productivity, and eliminate distractions by following these tips.

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CEOs and Business Owners

Thriving at Work: Leveraging the Connection Between Well-Being and Productivity

Arianna Huffington and Joey Hubbard—the director of trainings at Thrive Global—discuss how well-being can contribute to your productivity and success at work.

Learning Objectives

  1. List four ways to ease stress and increase energy.
  2. Determine boundaries and set limits to prevent overworking.
  3. Identify the benefits of building relationships with employees.

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Managing Stress for Positive Change

In the workplace, stress is often viewed in purely negative terms. It’s seen as a response that should simply be minimized or pushed aside; however, it’s possible to use stress to fuel positive change

Learning Objectives

  1. Define “stress” and explain why it often occurs in the workplace.
  2. Recognize the differences between acute and chronic stress.
  3. List the three steps for managing stress.
  4. Name three things the brain craves.
  5. Identify the differences between primary stress reactions.
  6. Recall the benefits of rhythmic breathing.

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CIOs and IT Managers

Reminders from NCSC

Cyber Security Reminders from the National Cyber Security Centre

Organisations planning a capability for staff to work remotely, or planning to increase the number of their staff who currently do so, should consider the cybersecurity implications of these arrangements.

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Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) may seem like an extra, unnecessary step, but it’s the best way to easily add another layer of protection to all your online accounts.

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Managers

Managing Effectively During COVID-19

A collection of podcasts by Manager Tools on how you can manage effectively during these times.

Get guidance on getting results when working from home, manage your budget, and many more.

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Leading at a Distance

Leading at a Distance

As the overall job landscape shifts, the number of remote workers will likely continue to increase. For the managers and leaders spearheading these remote teams, as well as teams that consist of remote and in-person employees, making the jump from in-person to virtual leadership can be challenging.

Learning Objectives

  1. How did we get to remote teams?
  2. The remote leadership model
  3. What success looks like at a distance
  4. and many more

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Managing Virtual Teams

Managing Virtual Teams

In this course, instructor Phil Gold provides managers with a clear approach for getting the most out of their remote teams. He zeros in on the key factors that will ensure productivity, engagement, and growth, as well as a manager’s role in building trust, removing roadblocks, nurturing connections with team members, and setting clear goals.

Learning Objectives

  1. Providing consistency and structure in a remote team
  2. Maintaining regular contact with remote team members
  3. Managing workloads and deliverables

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Leading Virtual Team Meetings

Leading Virtual Team Meetings

Leading virtual meetings is a critical competency for leaders who manage a remote or blended team. Learn about how to choose the right platform, set expectations for conduct, clarify roles, create a great agenda, and more.

Learning Objectives

  1. The challenges of virtual meetings
  2. Setting clear behavioral expectations
  3. Creating a great meeting agenda
  4. Encouraging participation

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Individual Contributors

MS Teams Tips and Tricks

Microsoft Teams Tips & Tricks

Discover how to work more efficiently with Microsoft Teams, the popular collaboration app in Office 365.

Learning Objectives

  1. Saving time with bots
  2. Extending the functionality of Teams with apps

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Working on a Laptop

How to Set up a Work-From-Home Arrangement That Won't Cause You Pain

Growing numbers of New Zealanders are set to be working from home in coming weeks due to the coronavirus.

While sitting on the couch with your laptop in your pyjamas may sound like a dream, it’s also likely to end in neck, shoulder or back strain.

To avoid your first interaction post self-isolation being a physiotherapy appointment to work out your aches and pains, we’ve spoken with an expert about how to avoid them in the first place.

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Teams in 10 Days Introduction

Master Microsoft Teams in 10 Short Videos

A collection of videos to help you master MS Teams. We highlighted all the key things you need to know to help you transform the way you do your work.

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Gaining a Productive Mindset

​Productivity Tips: Finding Your Productive Mindset

If you want to boost your productivity in a lasting way, you need to change the way you look at your time and your tasks.

Dave shares bite-sized, actionable tips for finding room in your schedule to improve your productivity, developing flexibility, and avoiding lower-value activities.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain how to avoid the crowd mindset.
  2. Recall how a gathering point is used to handle interruptive ideas.
  3. Identify techniques used to deal with negative experiences.

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