Practical tips for optimizing your space to work from home Working from home is great — no commute, no dress code, no noisy co-workers—but remote work has its own challenges. Namely, staying productive. Working on the couch in your pajamas is great until you realize it’s lunchtime and you’ve barely accomplished anything on your to-do list. To help you put your nose to the grindstone and keep it there, it’s important to create a space that will allow you to do your best work. We’ve put together some tips and tricks on how to design your home office space for productivity.
It can be tough to stay focused on the job—whether you’re working in an office or from home. We’ve rounded up seven of our best tips to help you get in the flow and do your best work:
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Snap your mind into gear, get on task, and accomplish your best work 1. Tell your mind it’s time to work Commuters have an advantage with this mental practice. Stepping off the subway or pulling into a parking lot in the morning signals to your brain that it’s time to gear up and get ready to work. If you work from home, the few steps from your bed to your desk just doesn’t cut it. Whatever your morning routine is—brewing a cup of coffee or tea, walking the dog, reading the news—engage in it fully, let your brain wake up, and then use that action as a signal to yourself that it’s time to transition into focused work time.
Our international hiring tour makes a stop in Pakistan This week, Crossover held its fifth international hiring tournament in Lahore, Pakistan to recruit Java and Ruby chief architects for full-time remote jobs. This tournament built on the success of the first round of events held in February across Eastern Europe, which resulted in 73 new hires for chief and software architect roles. Under typical hiring processes, it would have taken about seven months to identify the same number of qualified candidates for these roles — using our gamified hiring tournaments, it happened in two weekends.
The benefits of ditching the office for a remote job The working trend goes by several names, as do the people who take part in it: they’re known as digital nomads, telecommuters, and, perhaps most popularly, remote workers. The concept, however, remains the same across the board: with the huge strides in technology we’ve seen in the last couple decades, there is no longer a need for a physical office building. This leaves employees free to work whenever, however, and from wherever they’d like.
Tips for staying fit & focused while working from home 1. Move it With fewer workplace distractions at hand, the lone remote ranger tends to lock down on tasks. That means that it’s easier to get stuck in your chair. “Deskercize” is a great way to take a break between ultra-focused work sessions. There are no co-workers to get up and speak to, much less a break room to stand around. And sitting down for hours on end is bad for your circulation, digestion, and back. So, stand up! Run in place, or get down for some crunches or push-ups. Working your abs can help prevent back pain.
You don’t have to be in Silicon Valley to have a career in tech The technology industry is becoming more global — both for professionals working in IT and businesses looking to hire tech talent. Recently, Crossover CEO Andy Tryba joined a panel of experts at the Going Global: Secrets of Silicon Valley event in San Francisco to share how Crossover has found success hiring software developers and engineers from all around the globe.