Working remotely requires a different approach to organizing your time and performing your tasks. The documents and resources on this page are intended to help staff to set up a practical work environment and to create new practices for completing your work assignments while working remotely.

To start, please read the PDF documents below, Guidelines for Remote Work Arrangements for Staff and Social Distancing. The Work Arrangements file outlines policies and procedures for the college during this time of change.

Additionally, the articles and links below include ideas and practical tips to assist you during this time of change.

  1. Connection Is Critical During the Coronavirus Pandemic
    Review research on the impact of loneliness during this time of isolation and learn about twelve steps you can take to counteract feelings of loneliness and stay connected.

  2. Stay Connected When Working from Home
    Five easy tips for improving your connections with your colleagues when working from home.

  3. Epic Fails from a Career Remote Worker
    Some ideas and tips for accepting the challenges of working remotely while also appreciating the new skills you are learning and developing.

  4. That Discomfort You're Feeling Is Grief
    A framework for understanding the confusing feelings people are experiencing and tips for how to recognize them, accept them and move forward.

  5. Seven Common Reactions to Change and How to Respond to Them
    Adjusting to the rapidly changing situation at work and in the world today may be the biggest change we have faced as an institution. This article offers some helpful insights into how to respond to the many changes we are experiencing.

  6. Eight Tips To Make Working From Home Work For You
    Ideas for setting up your remote work environment to be functional and successful.

  7. How to Perfect Your Home Work Setup So Your Back Stops Hurting So Much
    Ergonomic tips for creating a comfortable work space away from your office.

For more suggested practices, please visit the Remote Works Tips for Staff webpage.

The files below offer additional ideas and resources and can be downloaded to read and share.

If you have questions, want to discuss ways to support your remote work, or have suggestions of resources that might be helpful to others, please contact Fredricka Joyner or Stephen Butler.

Information Technology Resources

The link(s) below provides access to information about staying connected via technology from a remote work station.

The IT Department offers a variety of trainings on how to enhance your skills using different software, how to use Zoom to create remote work connections, and how to update the college website. Please visit the link above to view the sessions that are scheduled. This time might be a good opportunity to learn or brush up on your technical skills. 

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Zoom Virtual Backgrounds & Computer Wallpaper

Bring a piece of Amherst to your remote workstation. Pick a campus photo or a Mammoth as your Zoom virtual background or computer wallpaper.