A Few Friendly Work-at-Home Tips from our Virtual Team

Most of us at the Global Mentor Network work from home -- have been doing things that way since we started about 9 months ago. If you're struggling a bit to make the adjustment because of COVID-19, here are a few things we do to stay productive, connected, and sane as a virtual team.

Keep it Real

Keep it Real

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our founder and mentors, it’s the value of being open, honest and vulnerable. We often start or end team meetings with an honest, “How’s everybody doing?” Creating and fostering a safe, trusting environment where it’s ok to talk about what’s really going on can do wonders for your team whether there’s an outbreak going on or not.

Keep a Regular Schedule

Keep a Regular Schedule

Now that you’re not out fighting traffic to get to work, you might have extra time to work out, meditate, read, or plan. Re-set your morning routine to make good use of the time. Block out your work day to keep some structure.

Plan Your Workdays

Plan Your Workdays

Set goals and maintain a to-do list for your days and weeks. Don’t stress if you don’t get everything done. Just keep refocusing every day on the most important things for that day.

Create a Productive Workspace

Create a Productive Workspace

If you can set aside a dedicated home office space, that’s great. But with everybody staying home that might not work for most. Create a comfortable corner, keep things uncluttered, use headphones, use a bedroom to try to reduce distractions.

Take Breaks

Take Breaks

Give yourself a regular lunch break and other breaks during the day. Set a time limit and stick with it. Even with social distancing, you can go outside to take a walk and get some sunlight and fresh air. Getting up and walking around is a better break than taking 15 minutes to surf the web.

Don’t Obsess Over the News

Don’t Obsess Over the News

Yes, there are “Breaking News” developments all the time. But don’t let news watching turn you into a zombie. Shut off email pop-ups and text alerts. Set a time to get news updates and stick with it. When you’re working, try just to focus on work.

Use Tech to Stay Connected

Use Tech to Stay Connected

At GMN, we use a lot of tools to stay connected. We text. We phone. We email. We do video conference calls. And we use group collaboration tools. Don’t underestimate the value of seeing the faces of your co-workers – even if it’s just video, it’s encouraging to see your friends and colleagues.

What is the Global Mentor Network?

What is the Global Mentor Network?

Co-Founded by Silicon Valley Entrepreneur, Keith Krach, the Global Mentor Network is an exciting pay-it-forward enterprise with a noble mission to solve one of the world's great challenges: building the next generation of principled, transformational leaders.

What is the Global Mentor Network?

Why GMN

Aspiring Leaders know that mentorship is the best way to learn leadership, but great mentors are hard to find. Experienced Leaders have a lot of lessons to share, but one-on-one mentoring is time consuming and has limited impact.

That’s why we founded the Global Mentor Network.

The Global Mentor Network is an online destination site that offers aspiring leaders inspiring, insightful leadership lessons from many of the world’s greatest leaders. The Global Mentor Network builds transformational leaders, teaching them to harness diversity of thought to solve complex problems, commit to values-based leadership, and unite and mobilize people to achieve noble causes.

Benefits of GMN

For Leaders

For Leaders

GMN offers inspiring, insightful leadership lessons from many of the world’s greatest leaders. Video, audio and written content is easily browsable by topic or mentor to meet aspiring leaders’ interests and needs.

For Mentors

For Mentors

GMN offers an incredibly efficient way to pay-it-forward. Our mentors touch the lives of thousands of up-and-coming leaders—in perpetuity, through GMN.

For the World

For the World

GMN builds leaders who can help ensure that change benefits all; who harness diversity of thought to solve complex problems; who are committed to values-based leadership; and who can unite and mobilize people to achieve noble causes.

Our Mentors

Our mentors are a diverse, growing assembly of accomplished leaders in the public and private sectors, business, government, philanthropy, sports, entertainment and more. We are united in our commitment to developing the principled, transformational leaders our world urgently needs.