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All University of South Carolina system institutions will be closed through the end of the spring semester. Columbia campus virtual instruction will continue through the conclusion of final exams in May. Details can be found on the coronavirus landing page.

Division of Human Resources

Remote Work Strategies

The transition from working in the office to working from home can be difficult. This page provides tips, resources and strategies to help you adapt to new ways to interact with your colleagues and maintain your productivity. Some aspects of your work may replicate what you are used to doing, for others new approaches may be more effective.

 

 

Strategies for Success

Clearly setting aside time and space for your workday can help you, and  your family, adapt to remote work. Including time for breaks and can help you maintain health and keep your mind sharp.

Check in frequently with your manager and co-workers. Let them know what you are working on.  See if they need any help using technology or completing tasks. Be intentional in your efforts to stay connected.

Not everything will go smoothly. Be ready to adapt to new technologies or approaches. 

Maybe you have never needed to use VPN or Microsoft Teams before. If a technology is new to you, look for low risk ways to try them out. For example, connect with a co-worker to do a test run before a big meeting.

Now is a good time to explore new skills. The following links are a great place to start:

  • MSOffice online training:  learn how to better utilize MSWord, MSExcel, MSPowerpoint, etc. Advance your MS skills during the closure.
  • Our employee assistance program, My Group, has many online sessions on professional development, diversity and inclusion, and workplace effectiveness topics. 
  • Richland County Library offers Lynda learning for individuals with a library card. Topics range from software, graphics, personal productivity and business skills.

If you don't know how to use a tool, or you are missing resources, or even if you are feeling overwhelmed, reach out to your colleagues and supervisors. The university has online tools to help master new technologies and resources to help employees cope with stress.

 

Remote Working and Learning Opportunities

  • Connect to cloud based university resources online.
  • Use VPN to connect to UofSC internal resources such as Banner or PeopleSoft.
  • Perform tasks which can be use personal computer equipment and do not require access to confidential information.
  • Collaborate with your coworkers.
  • Process documentation, including creation of standard operating procedures, flowcharts, checklist, annual calendars, etc. 
  • Review current business processes to identify opportunities for increased effectiveness and efficiency; to aid in training new hires, provide consistency in how processes are performed, and ensure business continuity when key people are away. 
  • Review of your department’s online resources to identify necessary updates.
  • Learn more about UofSC
  • Research issues important to higher education or unit priorities
  • Review and discuss articles & books
  • Review and discuss online videos, TedTalks, etc.
  • Network remotely with other university counterparts on specific topics

 

The Division of Instructional Technology provides tools and support to help employees master technology and keep working. 

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