In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Joe Keenan and Kristina Stidham share a few tips on how to be a more effective remote worker. As we all adjust to the many changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the Total Retail team is now working from home like many other organizations. We understand many companies, including retail organizations, are being forced to work remotely right now.

Total Retail’s parent company, NAPCO Media, shared these tips on how some of its company core values can be put into practice by a remote workforce:

  1. Be a good teammate. Check in on one another. Be a good support system. We’re still a team, even if we're physically scattered for a bit. Try to hold regular phone and video calls to keep the momentum going among the team.
  2. Be accountable. Set daily and weekly goals. You may need to re-prioritize work given the current situation, so schedule a meeting with your team leader to find out the best course forward and identify which projects are a priority. Ask if there are other areas where you can support and best be utilized during this time.
  3. Choose integrity. Working from home can be an adjustment if you're not accustomed to it. It's easy to get sidetracked with laundry, home projects, and kids, so try sticking to your regular “schedule” of waking up and dressing to come to the office to start at the same time as you normally would. Set aside space in your home for your office and stick to a schedule. Continue your work ethic as if you were in the office.
  4. Demonstrate excellence. Embrace this time of uncertainty to make every effort to stay positive and thankful. Continue to do all that you do to the best of your ability. We understand that these are challenging times. Be glad to have your health and the ability to continue to work, when many can not.

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