New Normal Series: How UMassOnline Staff Manage Working from Home During COVID-19

Prior to Governor Charlie Baker's #stayhome request in response to COVID-19, I never worked from home. But as we all know, much has changed in ways we never expected. 

This week marks my third week being at UMassOnline and now I have only ever worked remotely! Being new to UMassOnline, I wasn’t sure what to expect my first week of work, but I quickly realized there are many ways to connect and interact with my new colleagues, faculty, and staff throughout the UMass System. Whether coordinating Zoom meetings, approving timesheets, or gaining access to documents, there are multiple platforms that allow me to successfully do my job.

The part I like most about working remotely is that there is no commute, and no traffic. For those of you who commute into Boston, you know just how rough the traffic can be. Not having to stress about my daily commute has been amazing, and now my commute is a lot just a few steps, I am in my office and ready to work for the day. Of course, I will admit that I really miss the incidental interactions with teammates or people from different offices that occur in an office setting. These moments are important and meaningful to me. My dog, Otis, tries his best but the conversation is a bit one-sided wink

I found connecting (virtually) with family and friends, going for walks, reading a good book, and exploring new ways to exercise through virtual fitness and yoga classes have really helped me get through this new normal we are all experiencing. I recommend taking this time to think about what is important to you, and remember, every day, we are one day closer to getting through this. We are all in this together. 

Stay safe. We are all in this together. 


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