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What part of remote work stresses a new Office Administration employee?

Does an Office Administration employee who works from home learn to set their desk for the best production? It sounds to me that working from home is the best start in a career. When an employee starts will they be allowed to use their personal computers?

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Mollie’s Answer

I agree with everyone when they say remote working has it's pros and cons. I worked 100% throughout the covid pandemic and now I am in hybrid schedule, working remotely 3 days a week. I find it both easy and difficult to stay focused, depending on the day and to both extremes. For example on a day where I have meetings after meetings or a lot of things on my to-do list, I can find it easy, with little to no distractions, to sit down at my desk and continue working without break for hours. On the other hand, when things may be slow or I am having a low day (maybe emotionally, physically, etc.), I can find it easy to be distracted or wanting to stray away my from desk. Another challenged I find is that it is sometimes beneficial to have face-to-face conversations or in-person demonstrations. I would say one way to try an remedy this is that if you are able to work a hybrid schedule with your team, that you take advantage of getting together in-person and doing work - my company calls these collaboration days. If you are completely remote, try utilizing a FaceTime-like application such as Teams video or Zoom calls. Use the video feature specifically for meetings to help boost the sense of community. One other tip to note is to set breaks into your work day even if they are to just get up walk around the room and sit back down. It is easy to sit down and not get up because you are "busy" but remember that drinking water, eating food, and taking mental breaks can help you be more productive in the long run.
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david’s Answer

Working from home has its benefits, but few for new employees. I say that because the new employee needs to meet other employees, and been seen regularly by the managers, and also see what other tasks are being done, and observe what new skills will be needed to do more in the job. A major problem in working from home is that it is easy to let the routine 'paperwork' become the job, and that is never true. Use of personal computers is generally allowed, depending on the network setup.
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Diane’s Answer

In my view, it's not ideal for a new employee to work from home, at least not all the time. There's a lot to gain from being in an office setting and interacting directly with colleagues and bosses. Being present in the office also helps an employee blend into the company's culture more easily, and for those just starting in the workforce, it sets a foundation for professionalism. Regarding equipment for remote work, the companies I know don't let employees use their personal computers, as it doesn't ensure a high enough level of security for confidential company data. Whether you begin your career at home or in an office, I hope you find great success!
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Kjell’s Answer

Hi Everardo! I concur with prior comments that starting out as a remote/work-from-home employee is a decision you need to consider from multiple angles. So much can happen in person that can't over zoom or if you are handling work that comes to you through a process or system. Find says to get in person exposure and experience; relationships and talking to people will help inform you of "how things get done", and what is deemed "productive" work.

Regarding your computer setup, I've heard companies both allow employees to use their own as well as may offer the option to provide office equipment. My personal preference is to leverage office equipment as much as possible - hopefully their IT department is on top of things and you'll get all of the tools, software and support you need. I like to keep my personal things personal. But a lot comes down to your personal situation and preferences combined w/ what your employer offers/is willing to entertain.
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