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How To Be Professional When Online

As a follow-up to our online marketing blog, we now offer online professionalism tips. Even after the corona virus passes through, online business functions may stay as a norm. That being said, it’s important to maintain the same amount of professional respect that you would show to your colleagues in the office. Being professional online is still a relatively new concept, society hasn’t quite yet decided what the standards should be. We can establish good, healthy standards. Your business presence is important and a part of your team. So, we encourage you to still step it up even if it’s from your couch.

Look good, feel good

When you don’t have to be seen in person, it can be easy to “let go”. Such as, not having a routine or not getting ready before you start work. Some of us were guilty of this when the pandemic first started: just stay in my PJs and whatnot. But, it may be coming off as a little disrespectful to your boss and co-workers. Dress accordingly to what people should expect of you. If you look like you didn’t put in much effort, it’s hard for others to take you seriously. If you know you’re going to be on camera, make yourself look somewhat put together. Besides, psychologically you will work better when you’re dressed for the day.

Being prepared

“So, any questions over the document I sent out yesterday?” “Uhhh…. What document?”

Don’t be that guy. Just as you arrive to school and to the office prepared for the day, the same goes from working virtually. Time management is the most important element of your job/career. Give yourself an adequate amount of time to review material beforehand, like studying for a test. Speaking of mornings, establish a morning routine. This way, you won’t be trying to cram making your morning coffee and taking care of kids/pets into the last minute. And, being mentally alert by the time you clock in will aid you into getting right to work as soon as you clock in.

 Online professional profile

Your employer and co-workers most likely look at your social media pages. Now that we can’t be in person to share details of our lives, colleagues will go to Facebook to wonder why you took the day off. Employers can’t monitor us in person, so they go to our social media to make sure we’re behaving. Your boss may be wondering why that green “online” dot is on your picture when you’re supposed to be finishing a report! While your social media is your business and you can do what you want with it, just keep in mind that anyone can and will see what you’re up to.

At the very least, make sure your LinkedIn profile is top-notch. Have a professional headshot as your profile picture, and keep your profile updated and professionally positive.

Being professional online may not seem like a big deal when you’re not having to interact in person, but you do leave an impression. You don’t have to suit up just to be on Zoom for 10 minutes. Besides, being comfortable is the most important thing so your clothes don’t distract you. Just make sure you look presentable, and you match the respect that you would want to receive.

 

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Working From Home Tips

Working from home is great for saving time and gas. You can be just as productive, if not even more so productive when you’re in your own space. Especially if you have a designated work space. It is nice to be flexible with your work area(s), but it does help to have your work in an established office at home. This will help you stay more organized, and help separate work from home easier. And, you can decorate your own office any way you want to!

Routine

Having a routine helps with productivity. Thankfully you get to have a little bit more time to sleep since you don’t have to be on the road, but we suggest waking up at least an hour before you clock in. This will give you time to make your coffee/tea, eat some breakfast, and take care of your pets and family. Use the extra time in the morning to respond back to messages and take care of any business that may distract you. Being mentally alert when you start the work day will help you and everyone else stay on track! However, it’s okay to take little breaks once about every hour to refresh yourself. Restrict them to just a few minutes to avoid getting carried away.

Leave home life away from the desk

Being at home can make it more tempting to go do other things or multitask. That’s why we mention eating before starting work and waking up early enough to give yourself time. Pets are always an exception though- in fact, it can be stress relieving to have your furry one nearby. To help you stay focused, keep a vision board at your desk/office space. Use this to remember your big goals, or little things that you want to save up money for. It also helps to have a clean workspace. Clutter can be distracting and take up work time trying to find room for your coffee.

Additional tips

Sometimes it helps to put yourself more into the productive mindstate with little things such as professional gear or even getting dressed just to help you feel more ready for the day. Some feel as if they are not stimulated enough. Curb this by having something you can absentmindedly fiddle with. When you’re working from home, remember that work is only a part of your day, and you can resume right back to home life after you’re done for the day. It will be more rewarding for yourself and your co-workers when you’ve gotten a lot done at work.

 

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