Stay Safe, Stay at Home, Work from Home
Sounds a little weird, doesn’t it?
But we have arrived and we are still in the COVID-19 era and it is time for work from home.
The novel COVID-19 outbreak has devastated the job market from all over the world. Economists predict the unemployment rate will increase soon.
But hope remains. As shelter-in-place restrictions keep most nonessential workers home, opportunities for remote work have been growing.
Plus, with so many jobs shifting home, any stigma against employing remote workers is easing. Overall, companies seem to be pleasantly surprised at how well remote work is working for them.
And working from home, in many ways, might be the smartest solution for older workers who tend to be more susceptible to severe cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. The good news is you can find an array of work-from-home jobs across all industries and at varying experience levels. Estimated hourly pay is based on data from employers and other sources.
The option to work from home is usually thought of as a perk, something that companies dangle to attract talented workers who dislike the daily commute. But with rising concerns about COVID-19, more companies are telling employees to telework to prevent possible infections from spreading in the workplace.
The unemployment crisis that has left millions of people around the world desperate for work for nearly a year is hitting Black older adults and Black-owned businesses especially hard, according to new research. Since last April, Black adults age 55 and older have been 26 percent more likely than white workers to lose their jobs from month to month. Nearly one-third of all unemployed 55-plus Black workers left the workforce permanently in September alone, double the number of unemployed white workers in the same age group. The data make it clear that the pandemic recession is a game-changer for older workers, especially older people of color. Forced out of the labor market by the pandemic, these workers might never recover.
How most of the countries in the world now under stay-at-home orders to deter the spread of the new coronavirus, millions of people find themselves telecommuting for the first time and grappling with a new dilemma: how to keep work life and home life separate when both happen in the same place.
With the sudden imposition of remote work, coupled with the potential for partners, housemates, children, and parents to also be in isolation, you need to be able to set the same kind of boundaries that home workers have defined for decades.
Telecommuting experts offer these tips on creating spaces and routines to help you maintain professionalism and productivity in your new “office” and keep work from creeping into personal and family time.
Establish a place that is just for work, for at least part of the day — a place where you can be in office mode, and where others in the house know not to disturb you unless necessary.
Do what you would do at your regular workplace: Regularly get up and stretch your legs, grab a tea or coffee, take a lunch break.No one works eight hours uninterrupted at the office, nor should you at home.
During office hours, we wanted to be home with our family and now we work from home and we want to be at the office. It’s weird how we always want the opposite of what we have.
What kind of work can I do from home?
- Telehealth Nurse
- Virtual Assistant
- Customer Service Representative
- SEO Specialist
- Claims Investigator
- Speech-Language Pathologist
- Fundraising Coordinator
- Sales Agent
- Software Engineer