Work From Home Tips From the Professionals at Working From Home

Work from home at Bospar

While much of the world has had to transition quickly and drastically from going into an office every day to working from home in light of the current pandemic, our Bospar team was well ahead of the trend. In fact, we’ve been an entirely virtual agency since our inception five years ago – all 30+ of our employees work remotely from their homes. Below are our suggestions for how to do your very best work from the comfort of your home.

To Avoid Going Stir-Crazy

Take breaks. It’s very easy to develop “cabin fever” and feel the need to leave your house after working day in and day out from home. Try to make the time, even if it’s for a short break, and take a quick walk outside or just step away from your computer to recoup. And definitely take a lunch break.

Stick to a routine. By starting your workday at the same time each day, it provides a bit of daily structure and allows your brain to switch easily into “work mode” every morning. It also provides your colleagues and management with an easy way to know when you’ll be available each morning, as they can no longer physically see you walk into the office.

To Maintain Professionalism

Dress casually and comfortably but professionally. No suit and tie required, but don’t stay in your PJs. It will set the stage for appropriate conduct and is especially important for video calls. 

Create an “office.” Make sure you have a designated workspace. Spend some time creating an office environment that enhances productivity but which also looks professional on video calls. Don’t work from your couch or bed, for example.

Don’t forget about the internet. Make sure you are using a quality internet provider. This is a necessity in the world of working from home. It’s important to always have a secure and stable internet connection, especially when on client meetings. 

To Minimize Physical Strain

Practice the 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes spent looking at a screen, a person should look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Following this rule is a great way to remember to take frequent breaks. Plus, this should reduce eye strain caused by looking at digital screens for too long.

Invest in ergonomic equipment. It is important that you are comfortable in your home office setup and have all the equipment you need to efficiently get your work done. Investing in ergonomic equipment truly makes all the difference.

Hopefully some of the above tips will make your time working from home more enjoyable and productive – and may even convince you that working from home is the best way to work!

Happy working!

Public Relations Year One: Advice For Industry Newcomers

Advice at Bospar

After my college graduation, I found myself with more questions than I had arrived with: at 18, I  was certain that I would pursue a career in law. By 22, I wasn’t so sure. I had a new desire to explore different industries. I freelanced writing content and also taught abroad for a brief period. This was fun and exciting for a few years but sharply lost its appeal as I increasingly felt stagnant in my career growth.

Then I discovered PR. It combined a lot of things I loved: creative work, collaboration with others, writing, and storytelling. I applied for nearly every PR internship in San Francisco on a Wednesday morning and, by Friday of the same week, landed my first internship. 

This was just a little over a year ago, and it’s been the most professionally transformative year of my life. Here are a few pieces of advice I can offer if you are beginning a career in PR.

Find a Mentor

If your organization does not have an established mentorship program, find someone senior who might be able to offer the guidance you need.

I joined Bospar three months ago, and the formal mentorship program has been one of the best resources I have ever had access to in a workplace. My mentor has been helpful in sharing honest, constructive feedback, providing guidance on projects, and help in navigating organizational challenges confidentially.  I feel that someone is helping me advocate for my career, and the support increases my own confidence.

Learn to Manage Your Time Effectively

I thought I was a highly organized person before I started my internship. In fact, I touted my excellent time management skills in my interview. But I was not prepared for how fast-paced and demanding a typical agency day can be.

In recent months, I have challenged myself to ask for help from my team. I say “no” if I truly do not have time for a project and set realistic deadlines. Not only does this allow me to produce quality deliverables on time, but I am also able to log off at a reasonable hour in the evenings.

Befriend Coworkers

PR is team-oriented work, and your ability to work efficiently and effectively with your team influences your success.

I’ve found that my best teammates are those who get along well professionally and personally; the latter may take some effort,but it’s worthwhile. Moreover, PR is a tight-knit industry: I got my job at Bospar through a referral from a friend I met at my first agency.  I continue to stay in touch with friends with whom I’ve worked in the past and love the camaraderie that is shared among those of us in the industry.

Year One has been an exciting journey of learning and professional fulfillment. I look forward to what Year Two will bring!