Wayfinder Program Shows No Signs of Slowing Down During Lockdown

Past Tides
April 20, 2020 By Ethan Perez

Government-mandated stay-at-home orders have disrupted millions of typical business practices due to the new coronavirus. In a matter of days, much of the nation’s workforce transitioned from working in office buildings to working from home, whether they were prepared or not.

But the show must go on.

And the show did go on for UCI Beall Applied Innovation’s Wayfinder program, which hosted a digital workshop on how to maintain productivity and cope with new working environments.

The workshop titled “The Ultimate Guide to Working Virtually,” presented by Innovation Advisor Lizz Pellet, an expert in organizational culture and change management, walked attendees through a number of remote work best practices and tips on how to limit distractions and stay focused.

Humans, as Pellet explained, love schedules, so it’s beneficial to keep up routines. While there may no longer be a commute to and from work, Pellet suggests using that time before and after scheduled work hours to do as one normally would, such as listen to audiobooks or the radio. Maintaining a routine can reduce stress and lead to better levels of engagement and productivity.

“If we don’t have engagement, we don’t have productivity, we will not have profitability,” said Pellet. “Those things are key to ensuring that our businesses are moving forward and that us, as humans, feel value for the work that we’re doing.”

Watch the Lizz Pellet’s full presentation here.

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