As we come up on the anniversary of sending our staff to work from home, we are grateful for the resilience and flexibility of our colleagues. To our tech support ensuring everyone had the necessary equipment, to our Teams chats bringing us smiles and laughs at home, to our HR pro fielding our questions in a year of unknowns. When we gathered together for the first time on Zoom last year, we didn’t know what the year would look like, but we are now hopeful that our region is moving in the right direction. Stay strong, Spokane, and we’ll see you soon.
Today’s Quaran-tip is from Emily Moline Meyer: “On my work from home days, I make a point to get out and walk in my neighborhood part-way through the day. If I have a lunch meeting, I take a late break and walk to nearby Corbin Park and back. Having time away from my screen actually boosts my productivity for the afternoon, and gives me an opportunity to work problems out in my head. Without the commute and reasons to get up and chat with a coworker, it is easy to stay put for hours at a time in my home office. Gotta enjoy the great weather while we have it!”
This month, we will be sharing a collection of Quaran-tips – tips from our staff that have helped them through the stay-at-home order and working from home. We will be sharing workflow tips, new technologies, homeschooling wins, and more. Our lifestyles will not be returning to normal for a while, and we are in this together. Our first tip is from Gregg Soares (and his daughter Hannah), “We lost power and Wi-Fi for 2 hours, so we went bumblebee hunting and identifying in the field near us. We may need to schedule more outages this summer to get everyone away from their screens!”