Remote Work and Training
The below resources will help FAS staff navigate the transition to remote work in response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) as well as continue training and career development opportunities and wellness sessions virtually. Looking for more information? Read the University's Coronavirus Workplace Policies and Coronavirus FAQS.
Technical Resources for Working Remotely
- CWD has put together a curated list of working remotely courses for FAS staff.
- The Office of Work/Life has assembled a helpful Telework Continuity Tool Kit to guide staff on working away from the office. Enroll in a Flexwork overview session via Zoom for employees to learn best practices while working from home.
- The Center for Workplace Development (CWD) has an infographic detailing the best practices for working virtually.
- HUIT offers helpful guidance on preparing to work remotely by outlining frequently used Harvard applications like Zoom, Office 365, and how to forward your phone calls to an alternate device with this helpful technology checklist.
- Learn more about Zoom, both as a user and scheduler, by enrolling in a training via the Harvard Training Portal.
Professional Development Remote Resources
- LinkedInLearning is an online training resource available to the Harvard community free of charge. With LinkedinLearning, you have unlimited access to a library of almost 15,000 video tutorials, taught by expert instructors. Courses include topics like How to Work Remotely as well as skills such as MS Office and SharePoint; Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator; Drupal, CSS and SQL; Final Cut, Avid and iMovie.
- Harvard ManageMentor is a free, online resource that offers excellent developmental opportunities.
- The Harvard Training Portal brings together all of your compliance and professional development in one platform. All work instructions, courses and transcript information you found in those systems are now in the training portal, along with third-party content from LinkedinLearning and Harvard ManageMentor.
Wellness and Work/Life Offerings
- Employees from across the US give Thrive Global tips on how to stay focused while working remotely.
- Enroll in one of The Office of Work/Life's Mindfulness Sessions, now offered via Zoom or register for Ten Percent Happier's free Coronavirus Sanity Guide.
- Take a break from work and listen to one of these meditation podcasts from Harvard's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - they are all under 7 minutes in length.
- Jonathan Levene from ClearSight Leadership will be offering a six-part session on Mindfulness for Working Parents. Each 60-minute session will be offered via Zoom.
- The Harvard University Employees Credit Union is offering various financial support options during this time.
- The American Occupational Therapy Assocation has provided helpful ergonomic tips for working at home.
Resources for Managing Teams Working Remotely
- The Office of Work/Life offers helpful advice on managing and measuring remote work.
- Take a course on Managing Virtual Teams through LinkedIn Learning.
- Learn more about how managers and leaders can create clear expectations for teams that are working remotely in this article by Gallup.
- The Harvard Business Review offers tips on effectively and compassionately managing your staff during a sudden transition to remote work and establishing new rituals as a team.
Wellness Offerings for Managers
- Join Jeff Goding for one of three 60-minute mindfulness sessions offered via Zoom on April 8.
- How to manage the work/life balance of a remote office with this guidance via Fast Company.
- ClearRock is offering a five-part series starting on March 18, 2020 on Leading Through Uncertain Times, with webinar topics including Leading Self, Leading Others, and Leading Change.
- Fun guidance on grocery shopping and preparing meals with young children.
- Care@Work is continuing to offer back-up care solutions to those who need in-home dependent care help. Pre-registration is required.
- Audible, an Amazon company, is providing children's audiobooks free of charge during the school shutdown.