The period between Thanksgiving and New Years is notoriously one of the most congested travel periods in the United States. Did you see the videos of the LA traffic yesterday? Earlier this month AAA projected nearly 51 million Americans would be travelling during the 2017 Thanksgiving season, the highest traffic volume since 2005. To avoid backed-up highways and airport security lines, many will get a jump on their holiday travel and even opt to work remotely from their holiday destinations.
For professionals logging in from relatives’ abodes, that might mean it could get a little distracting. We all have that inquisitive family member who might not understand the difference between being away from the office and “OOO.” If you find yourself in this situation, you’re not alone. To that end, we compiled a list of top tips from our team of remote work experts to help you stay productive while on the road and help navigate periods of extended remote work this holiday season.
“Plan ahead, and don’t be afraid to add structure to your remote work schedule. Your calendar can be a very useful tool in blocking off time for projects, catching up on email or checking in with colleagues. Try to mirror the same habits that keep you productive in the office.” – Michael Affronti, VP of Product
“Make video a priority. Don’t worry if your aunt peeks over your shoulder to say hello during a call – video interaction builds camaraderie and trust when collaborating over long distances. – Alex DiNunzio, Director of Product Management
“Embrace the flexibility. Between the prep work and everything that goes into a successful holiday, you might need to take an extra 30 minutes for lunch – so do it! Make your schedule work for you, if that means logging back on later to get ahead of projects or correspondence, make it happen.” – Lisa Hurd Walker, VP of Brand & Corporate Communications
“Make sure you have the right tools. Whether your communication style leans toward voice, video, or messaging, it’s important to have a platform that enables collaboration from anywhere. That will keep things running smoothly so you can get work done and enjoy your time off.” – Yours truly