At the Confederation of Professional Golf [CPG] then we got a head-start in working from home, having switched our operations from office-based to remote working at the beginning of 2020.
But this is set to become the new norm for many – short-term for most but may even become more of a long-term solution for others as well considering the current Coronavirus [COVID-19] circumstances we all face (especially as working from home may enable better working than ever in some cases).
The CPG network is a wide one across 31 countries with over 12,500 PGA Professionals. Of those 31 PGAs then a number already work remotely, or at least are able to relatively normally under the current circumstances, whilst others are working out how to be effective given their new situation.
For the vast majority of the 12.5k+ PGA Professionals, and all PGA Professionals in those countries where the virus restriction measures have taken hold, then this is will be a different and possibly unnerving experience.
The following are just a few useful links and resources that can hopefully a) help you to work and be productive at home, and b) utilise the time proactively to develop yourself and your business/organisation. None of this situation is ideal, but, as we are often told in golf, we must focus on the positives.
WORKING FROM HOME PRODUCTIVELY:
Communicating From a Distance: How to Ensure Remote Working Works Best For Your Organisation | Thomas International
The great team at Thomas International explain how “…a greater understanding of how you, your managers, colleagues and teams prefer to communicate can help with the transition to a greater degree of remote working than your business may currently be comfortable supporting…”
Three Secrets to Effective Remote Working For Your Employees | Thomas International
The Thomas International folk follow up with a 3-point plan to ensure working remotely is as effective for the people in your organisation as possible.
Coronavirus and Remote Working – A Practical Guide | Medium.com
iubenda have had remote workers since 2011 – here Andrea Giannangelo explains how to organise teams, use software tools, provide clear guidelines, and keep workers healthy and engaged.
Online Business Tools to Work From Home | JotForm.com
JotForm, an online form building tool, give examples of tools for project management, remote document access, video conferencing, internal communications, and online payments, along with how JotForm itself is useful when working from home.
Why Working From Home is Good For Business | Ted.com
Matt Mullenweg uses just 4.5 minutes to explain how useful working from home can be and how he does it effectively.
New to Working from Home? Here Are Some Tips to Help You Meet Like a Pro | Zoom.us
Using Zoom for video calls, meetings, etc. is a must – engagement is key to keep workers up to speed and involved (although Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime, etc. of course have their uses too). This guide from Zoom shows how to get set-up and then use Zoom effectively in your organisation.
USING YOUR TIME TO DEVELOP YOURSELF AND YOUR BUSINESS:
ed.TED.com – Online Lesson Building
TEDed offers a fantastic service [FOR FREE] where you can build an online lesson around any TED or YouTube video. You can add notes and questions to help guide a student through the lesson and all you have to do is share a link/URL with the student for them to take part (no registration necessary). A great way of engaging students no matter where you are.
TED.com – Ideas Worth Sharing
TED’s main video service contains hundreds if not thousands of TED Talk videos of 18 minutes or less that allow people to get their ideas across. Whatever subject you can think of then it’s likely there is a video on there about it. Great for developing your own thoughts and ideas.
How to Stay Active While You’re Home – SportEngland.org
Developing yourself is not just about being mentaller active – when working from home (especially in cases where social distancing/self-isolation is in place) then you need to stay as physically active as possible. Sport England have brought together useful tops and advice on staying as healthy as possible when at home both for adults and for kids.
Work Smarter Playlist – TED.com
This playlist brings together a series of TED Talk videos that offers unconventional advice on working more effectively.
Work Happier Playlist – TED.com
This TED Talk playlist looks at how being happier at work actually comes from focusing on the happiness part rather than the work part.
LinkedIn Learning – LinkedIn.com/learning
LinkedIn’s Learning service offers a huge number of online courses that can help develop your skills in a variety of areas. You can enrol in various courses and then once complete add certifications to your LinkedIn profile.
Working From Home Learning Path – LinkedIn Learning
During this time when more and more people are having to work from home then LinkedIn Learning have opened up their ‘Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success‘ course, including time management, productivity tips, video conferencing, and more.
p.s. The real working from hero tip is to make sure you choose the right snacks. Shoutout to gingerbread men and blueberries.