Ensuring good asynchronous communication practices is one of the ways that we address this struggle at Buffer. Asynchronous communication can be an asset for remote teams for many reasons, but especially if you have teammates in multiple time zones. We want to make sure no one is excluded from important discussions and collaboration because of where they live! … [Read more...] about 4 ways to make communicating asynchronously better when you work from home
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Individual changes aren’t enough Reducing contributions to the landfill is an enormously complex task. Even with the amount of brainpower and effort Phoenix has applied to the system, it’s hard to know whether they’ll hit their goal by the end of this year, or their longer-term dream of becoming zero-waste. And if it’s too much for a city to handle, it’s certainly too much for individual citizens to handle. When Spencer starts telling me about what I should do with my old clothes (yes, I should take them to Goodwill but only the nicely used ones, and Phoenix’s Textile Curbside Collection program means people must not only separate yard waste and recyclables into different containers but also old clothes), I feel my brain start to tug apart at the seams. It’s enough for me to get through the workday and make sure there are vegetables on the table at dinner. Even though I don’t want to be buried in my own garbage, it’s too hard to … [Read more...] about How America’s least sustainable city learned to love recycling
For some couples, understanding what your partner's job stress feels like is more important than understanding the job itself. Taking time to be compassionate toward "the pressure of the hierarchy at work or the promotion stress," or your partner's anxiety around their "client flip-flopping what they want every hour of the day," Johnson said, is certainly a way of showing support. … [Read more...] about Couples having a working-from-home revelation: That’s what you do all day?
Have a conversation: Sit down with roommates or family members to talk about how you plan to work. This can help them understand what you need, and they may raise reasonable objections or have positive advice that improves your plan. Set working hours: Having a routine set of time that you’re at work—hours that could even be posted—makes it easier for everyone around you to know when you’re on or off the clock. Use signage or signals: An “at work” or “do not disturb” sign that you put on a door or near you makes your status clear. If you have a door, close it. Wearing headphones, especially noise-canceling ones, can also be an excellent signifier. The author of The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal, has a downloadable PDF containing a sign you can print out and attach to a laptop with a clothespin. The sign can be rotated to read “Writing,” “Other Work,” and “Goofing Off.” It’s a low-tech … [Read more...] about Working from home? Here’s how to separate the ‘work’ from the ‘home’
"They are with you because they love you unconditionally and not when you are on top of your game. Unlike players of other countries, we have a support system to fall back on. In my home, I have my elder brother, his family, my family our parents. Once you are done with your job, you know you are coming home to a full family," Pathan said. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus pandemic | How Indian cricketers are caring for their mental health during COVID-19 lockdown