Set Boundaries and Preserve Professionalism

With the sudden imposition of remote work, coupled with the potential for partners, housemates, children, and parents to also be in isolation, you need to be able to set the same kind of boundaries that home workers have defined for decades.

If we learned anything from the best video of a few years ago, when a man Skyping in to the BBC to speak on important international issues had his young daughter dance in behind him—followed by a baby…followed by his partner…followed by their chaotic exit—it’s that you need to figure out how to retain an air of professionalism, even if everything is in shambles around you (Figure 5).

Figure 5: An accidental toddler intrusion is inevitable. How you react is the ...

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