Balancing working from home and your home life

Navigating the new normal of working and living in the same space

Library | 5/29/2020



     
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Working from home has become the new normal for a lot of us lately. Whether you have children to coordinate schedules with or you’re just trying to balance work and home in the same place, it’s a challenge to adjust to this change. To help, we’ve gathered tips from Valley associates across the bank on how they manage working from home during this time.



 

“This new environment is especially challenging for working moms.  Many of us are managing the demands of our careers while juggling the challenges of homeschooling too.  It’s important to find a consistent daily routine that works for the entire family and allows everyone to be the most productive. Going for walks at the end of the day and keeping in touch with family helps alleviate stress during these uncertain times.”

   - Cristina Felix, Manager, Compliance/Fair Lending


 

    

“I have a new appreciation for the term “work-life balance.” It’s so easy to keep you day going if you don’t establish the defined working boundaries. Also to help minimize distractions, there are several time management apps which can keep you on track. Create a reward system for yourself and your team if you have one to keep the motivation going. Surprise and delights rewards work great.”

   - Katherine Paratore, VP, Social Media


 
 
    

“Like a lot of people, I was not prepared to be working from home full-time (while homeschooling my kids).  After the first week, I learned quickly that I needed to establish a routine and create some boundaries between work time and family time.

     

I used to have a long commute to the office, and I had used that time to gear up for the work day and listen to my favorite podcasts. Now that I am working from home, I transitioned to a routine where I use my morning commute time to go out for a walk or run and think through what I need to accomplish for the day. I do the same at the end of each day.  I need that time decompress from the work day and create a transition back to home life.  It also creates a signal to my family that I am “off duty” and they now have my full attention.

   

Also, find a good chair!”

   - Jennifer Yager, Director of Financial Crimes Compliance, AML Compliance

     
 

    

“Working from home has the potential to blur work and personal life.  That is why I do my best to establish set timeframes and spaces for each.  Every morning I am showered, dressed, caffeinated and at my private workstation by 8AM (With kids who have moved out, I am fortunate to have that privacy). I do my very best to minimize disruptions during the day so I can be done with my work by 5:30 and take my scheduled one hour walk with my wife—thus providing closure tot the workday and a semblance of normalcy.”

   - Len Blaifeder, Product Marketing and Strategy Manager

 
 

     

“Create a sense of normalcy, find time to step away from the computer or phone and spend time with your family. We will probably never have another crisis to enjoy our loved ones without sharing our time.  Creating a division between work and homelife is hard enough, find the time to walk away and create those memories.” 

   - Sonia Amorim, Divisional Head, Retail Banking


    
 
    

“Follow your normal routine, signing on in the morning, dressing for work—although more casually; take time for lunch, stay focused on projects and moving forward strategically; connect with clients using digital channels, email, zoom meetings; communicate with your teams several times a week; maintain your meeting schedules; add something fun to your teams days (last week the team sent  pictures of their backyards to one another via text) It was their idea and initiative and it made them feel connected.”

   - Maureen Zegler, Director of Treasury Solutions

 
 

    

“When working remote, teams must prioritize communication and documentation to maintain alignment, as well as, leveraging async best practices so people can plan their days effectively. You can’t expect people to be tied to their desk.

Real-time communication leads to constant interruptions and a lack of focus required to be productive when doing high-value, cognitively-demanding activities. Create rituals that maintain alignment across the team and reduce the need for immediate responses.”

   - Laura Cochran, Director of Research and Service Design

 
 

   

“If your calendar is mostly booked on a regular basis, try blocking out time for your daily tasks that need to be done. It’s also helpful to wear clothes other than pajamas or sweats. That will give you some confidence to turn your video on during Zoom meetings which helps to ensure engagement, and not multitasking when you need to pay attention.

 

I’d also recommend creating weekly meeting with your friends and colleagues to talk about anything other than work!”
   - Frank Reyes, Digital Banking Solutions Analyst

 
 
 
   

"My advice to other women in business working from home is to keep a routine whether that’s meeting a coworker for coffee online, making daily to-do lists, meeting with teams on a video conference to stay connected or even meeting after work for an online happy hour!

And it’s equally as important to also make time for ourselves. We all have to be creative with what 'me time' looks like these days but even a 20-minute walk can do wonders for our spirits and productivity!"

Kati Isaacson, FVP, Director of Corporate Communications

    
 

  
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