With Covid-19, we all know that the world isn’t as stable as it used to be. But there is a positive side to the pandemic – Covid-19 is making remote work a reality. Pre-pandemic, five percent of full-time employees with office jobs worked primarily from home. That figure is likely to settle at 20-30 percent in the new normal, with variation across occupations and industries.
That’s why Cane Bay Partners recently announced it has launched virtual tutoring in the US Virgin Islands and transitioned its employees to working from home.
As great as working from can be, there are some basic things you need to understand about working remote. Clinical psychologist Desiree Dickerson says it’s okay to admit that COVID-19 has us all a bit frayed. In an article in Nature, Dickerson talks about having to deal with eight days of quarantine. She writes:
When our minds are consumed by the spread of the coronavirus and its impact on our health, loved ones, home countries, economy and students—not to mention our research program [sic], funding or employment status, and an abrupt transition to e-learning—how do we maintain our own mental health and well-being and that of our community? –Desiree Dickerson
Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset
Dr. Carol Dweck’s research 30 years ago led her to coin the terms “fixed mindset” and “growth mindset.” Recent studies in neuroscience have confirmed her conviction that our brains are “far more malleable than we’ve ever imagined.”
Dr. Dickerson says remote working requires developing a Growth Mindset. A growth mindset is important to have, especially when it comes to working remote.
Here are some simple things that will help you adopt a growth mindset in the workplace.
Awareness of Expectations
You’re doing the right thing by staying focused on your job. But – it’s okay to daydream a little too. After all, we all know that quarantine is not the dream vacation that we may have thought it would be.
There’s no denying that while working remotely does offer opportunities for unprecedented productivity, there is a downside. Abrupt changes can cause an emotional and cognitive overload that takes time to overcome. But with the right tools and mindset, it’s doable.
Handle Stress Proactively
Good sleep practices, a healthy diet and exercise are essential for managing your stress. Commit to these three things and you’ll be on your way to stress-free living.
Recognize your Red Flags
The key to developing a growth mindset is to identify what’s distracting you. Ask yourself why you’re being distracted and if it’s really important. If you can’t keep up with the latest COVID news, don’t worry! You can leave that to someone else because now you have the time for what’s important.
Develop a Growth Mindset Routine
A clear distinction between your work and non-work time can provide the structure your brain needs to function its best. With a routine, you can be sure you’re giving yourself the opportunity to recharge in between those long hours at the office.
By developing a growth mindset, your intelligence can be developed through learning. And, you are also more likely to live up to your potential. That’s why Cane Bay Partners co-founders David Johnson and Kirk Chewning are committed to teaching a new generation how to make an impact from home.