Working Remotely Toolkit for Employees

The transition to working virtually involves gaining new skills sets to be effective and successful. The Employee and Organization Development Department is here to support you in this transition with our newly launched Working Remotely Toolkits. These toolkits cover a range of remote-working topics, including getting settled, setting up your remote work station, digital communication and setting healthy boundaries and habits. With on-demand courses, articles, podcasts, checklists and books, our Working Remotely Toolkits will provide you with information, action items, and tips you can implement today to gain confidence in your remote working capabilities and ensure you feel valued, connected and have the tools to be successful.

Learning Hub Working Virtually (Team Members) Bundle

A curated collection of eight on-demand learning activities to help team members be successful when working remotely.

Online Learning Community

Follow us on LinkedIn to stay up-to-date with upcoming learning opportunities and collaborate with others before, during, and after events.

 Online Courses

Working Remotely

Coach Mike Gutman from FlexJobs shows how to use today's cloud-based communication and collaboration tools to get work done from anywhere, while remaining connected to your organization.

Time Management: Working from Home

Working from home is a wonderful opportunity, but time management can be a challenge. In this course, bestselling author and productivity expert Dave Crenshaw offers best practices for anyone who works full-time or occasionally from home.

Balancing Work and Life as a Work-from-Home Parent

Working remotely can be hard enough, particularly during a time of crisis. But when the worlds of work, parenting, and school collide, recovering your equilibrium can feel nearly impossible. Andrea Bonior—a clinical psychologist, best-selling author, and mom of three—has been living out these same struggles for months. In this course, she shares tips for juggling your job and your life as a work-from-home parent.

 Sites and Tools

Faculty and Staff Guide for Remote Work

Cal Poly has several tech resources available to enable faculty and staff to seamlessly work from anywhere. Follow this step-by-step guide to make sure you have access to all the campus resources you need while working remotely.

Free Download: The Space And The Habits That Can Help You Thrive As A Remote Worker

A free download of two of the three sections of the book, and they’ll help you jumpstart your remote work setup, regardless of how long you’ll be doing it. Section II: The Space covers the physical aspects of a quality remote workplace. Section III: The Habits reviews behaviors and practices that can contribute to remote worker success.

Ergonomic Tip for Working at Home

Cal Poly's Environmental Health & Safety department provides this helpful checklist for setting up your workplace at home and best practices to reduce ergonomic risk factors.

Teaching and Working Remotely

In light of the transition to remote work for many employees, ITS provides information for staff to effectively work remotely

 Zoom Resources

Zoom Help Center

Zoom Help Center provides daily live or recorded webinars to help you get started and navigate this user-friendly software.

Zoom Open Labs

The Employee and Organization Development department hosts virtual open labs to provide small groups of employees the opportunity to ask specific questions with a focus on Cal Poly services as well as Zoom best practices and etiquette.

CTLT: Instructional Continuity: Streaming Live or Recording Classes in Zoom

The Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology provides information on how to set up Zoom meetings and use the features as well as FERPA compliance.


The Most Productive Way to Schedule Your Day

The ongoing global pandemic has led many companies to rely on remote work for the foreseeable future. The result has become a major workforce shift that—depending on the employer—allows for more flexibility in a person’s schedule, including what hours they work, when they take breaks and what else they can accomplish during the workday while at home.

 Books, Videos, and Podcasts

TED Talk: How to make work-life balance work

Nigel Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity -- and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.

Worklife with Adam Grant: A TED original podcast

Organizational psychologist Adam Grant takes you inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to explore the science of making work not suck. From learning how to love criticism to harnessing the power of frustration, one thing’s for sure: You’ll never see your job the same way again.