One of the hardest things to get used to when you work from home is not having two 20-inch monitors connected to your computer. Transitioning to a single 14-inch laptop screen can be, shall we just say, limiting.
Fortunately, there is a solution.
If you have an iPad around the house – either an old one or one you can use during the day – then you can use it as a second monitor. It is not the same as your office setup, but it is helpful and better than nothing.
You will need a software program called Duet.
I have been working remotely for quite a while. Because of my extensive travel schedule (at least before this month!), I have learned how to get work done just about anywhere. While I do maintain a separate office a few blocks from my home, I have also been working from home more than ever for the last few weeks.
A large number of people are working from home for the first time and have discovered that the home can be full of distractions. Many are bombarded with the cacophony of TV, family members, pets, sirens, and so on — it’s way too easy to get distracted and lose your motivation.
Reducing Background Noise
To maintain my productivity, I use technology to block out unwanted noises. Krisp is a tool I have used for several months that helps reduce background noise. A version of the program is available for Windows, Macintosh, and iOS. I have it installed on my Windows laptop and my iOS mobile phone.
The app uses machine learning to identify and then silence various types of background noises you may hear at home. The program allows your voice and the voices of others to come through clearly.
Karen and I were asked to contribute the article below for a special coronavirus issue of WorkLife. The magazine is the work of the Workplace Mental Health Institute founded by my friends Emi Golding and Peter Diaz. I wrote the foreword to their excellent book Mental Wealth.
Leading in Crisis
In times of crisis and uncertainty, we all know that leaders must communicate – and communicate well.
Amazon has over 700,000 employees all over the world. On March 21, 2020, Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, sent a letter to all their employees.
So what did Jeff Bezos say to them and is there a “template” we can follow to communicate with our teams, employees, and followers?
I was hoping to not be writing about COVID-19 this week – trying to get back to normal. Unfortunately, we may be in the midst of redefining normal.
The number of important coronavirus scam warnings and other alerts continue. Again, thanks to my friends at Scambusters for allowing me to reprint their latest information.
Scammers have added misery to an already bad situation by devising all manner of schemes to trick people either into handing over their money or downloading malware onto their PCs.
Our first coronavirus (COVID-19) warning, however, is aimed at people who, as a result of the illness, find themselves working from home for the first time. Read the details below.
In today’s TechTips, I wanted to highlight some resources you might find helpful as you adapt to a changing work environment. I am committed to being your partner while things remain uncertain with COVID-19, and that means providing you with as many resources as possible as well as our unwavering support.
Insurance Coverage Resources
Besides being a technology geek, I am also an insurance geek. Most people don’t know (unless you read my long bio) that I received a Masters of Arts degree in Insurance Law in the mid-80s from what is now the David C. Clark School of Law. No, I am not an attorney, but I have studied more about insurance law than most.
I know you are receiving client calls asking about insurance coverage for COVID-19 related losses. The resources below may help you formulate an answer.