Rostie Tech Hot Jobs: December 30th, 2020

 

Rostie Tech Hot Jobs: December 30th, 2020

It’s Wednesday – and we’re cooking up some fresh positions.  Rostie & Associates have some new scorching hot jobs!

Looking to make a career change? Check out some of our Hot Jobs!

Senior Software Engineer

  • JOB ID: 3131
  • Canada & USA

Looking for talented engineers who build elegant, scalable software platforms. We’re less concerned with GPA, years in industry, or particular technologies and more interested in passion, potential, and perseverance.

You will solve complex business problems, set technical strategy and deliver solutions with lots of autonomy and opportunity for leadership. You will participate in design meetings, mentor more junior engineers, and be a core part of setting up the company for the next 10 years of growth.

  • Build the latest and greatest cutting edge communication technology.
  • Write, test, and deploy code into a fabric of real-time microservices.
  • Manage your time and drive the roadmap for your technical areas.
  • Improve our shared engineering standards and processes.
  • Learn from and teach other great engineers.
  • Monitor and tune robust systems capable of handling 10x ever-growing traffic

Contact: John Anderson – john@rostie.com OR 1-800-647-0780 EXT 11122

Software Engineer

  • JOB ID: 3132
  • Canada & USA

Looking for engineers to work efficiently as part of a professional software engineering team; learning to own and support features past delivery and through their full life-cycle. As an Engineer, you will work with a close-knit product engineering team and technical lead. The teams are cross disciplinary, and include Product Managers, Designers, QA, and other Engineers (Data Engineering, Data Science, Telephony).

You will participate in design meetings and ask clarifying questions to fully understand customer scenarios and requirements.  You will work with consumer/dependency owners for design review and sign-off, be a technical leader within your software feature, mentor and share knowledge with the rest of the engineering team.

  • Develop easy-to-use, scalable, robust, high volume interactive client/server applications
  • Code with Vue.JS and other JavaScript libraries and have an excellent command over HTML, and CSS
  • Work with Python on Google App Engine
    • Cloud Datastore (NoSQL database)
    • Memcache (distributed cache)
    • Analysis with BigQuery
    • Debug with StackDriver
  • Work with real-time communication mechanisms such as WebRTC and WebSockets
  • Interface with designers, product managers, and other engineers (our policy: with fewer organized meetings, engineers have more time to code)
  • Launch new code weekly with our fast release cycles
    • Owning the release of the server and client in a rotation as release engineer
  • Improve performance to handle rapid increase in user base
  • Writing backend and frontend unit tests
  • Monitoring and alerts in Datadog
  • Participating in Python and JavaScript code reviews

Contact: Pam Inglis – pinglis@rostie.com OR 1-800-647-0780 EXT 11129

Rostie Tech Hot Jobs: December 23rd, 2020

Rostie Tech Hot Jobs: December 23rd, 2020

 

Rostie Tech Hot Jobs: December 23rd, 2020

It’s Wednesday – and we’re serving up some freshly brewed positions.  Rostie & Associates have some new scorching hot jobs!

Looking to make a career change? Check out some of our Hot Jobs!

Senior Software Engineer

  • JOB ID: 3131
  • Canada & USA

Looking for talented engineers who build elegant, scalable software platforms. We’re less concerned with GPA, years in industry, or particular technologies and more interested in passion, potential, and perseverance.

You will solve complex business problems, set technical strategy and deliver solutions with lots of autonomy and opportunity for leadership. You will participate in design meetings, mentor more junior engineers, and be a core part of setting up the company for the next 10 years of growth.

  • Build the latest and greatest cutting edge communication technology.
  • Write, test, and deploy code into a fabric of real-time microservices.
  • Manage your time and drive the roadmap for your technical areas.
  • Improve our shared engineering standards and processes.
  • Learn from and teach other great engineers.
  • Monitor and tune robust systems capable of handling 10x ever-growing traffic

Contact: John Anderson – john@rostie.com OR 1-800-647-0780 EXT 11122

Software Engineer

  • JOB ID: 3132
  • Canada & USA

Looking for engineers to work efficiently as part of a professional software engineering team; learning to own and support features past delivery and through their full life-cycle. As an Engineer, you will work with a close-knit product engineering team and technical lead. The teams are cross disciplinary, and include Product Managers, Designers, QA, and other Engineers (Data Engineering, Data Science, Telephony).

You will participate in design meetings and ask clarifying questions to fully understand customer scenarios and requirements.  You will work with consumer/dependency owners for design review and sign-off, be a technical leader within your software feature, mentor and share knowledge with the rest of the engineering team.

  • Develop easy-to-use, scalable, robust, high volume interactive client/server applications
  • Code with Vue.JS and other JavaScript libraries and have an excellent command over HTML, and CSS
  • Work with Python on Google App Engine
    • Cloud Datastore (NoSQL database)
    • Memcache (distributed cache)
    • Analysis with BigQuery
    • Debug with StackDriver
  • Work with real-time communication mechanisms such as WebRTC and WebSockets
  • Interface with designers, product managers, and other engineers (our policy: with fewer organized meetings, engineers have more time to code)
  • Launch new code weekly with our fast release cycles
    • Owning the release of the server and client in a rotation as release engineer
  • Improve performance to handle rapid increase in user base
  • Writing backend and frontend unit tests
  • Monitoring and alerts in Datadog
  • Participating in Python and JavaScript code reviews

Contact: Pam Inglis – pinglis@rostie.com OR 1-800-647-0780 EXT 11129

Rostie Tech Hot Jobs: December 15th, 2020

Rostie Tech Hot Jobs: December 15th, 2020

 

Rostie Tech Hot Jobs: December 15th, 2020

It’s Tuesday – and we’re serving up something spicy.  Rostie & Associates have some new scorching hot jobs!

Looking to make a professional change? Check out some of our Hot Jobs!

Distribution Channel Sales Manager

  • JOB ID: 3127
  • London, England

Our client is the creator of ground-breaking medical wearable and digital healthcare devices (AI data analysis & IoT).

After having secured contracts with distributors across Europe, multiple clinical trials and over 300,000 patients using their products, they are now seeking an experienced, seasoned , energetic and enthusiastic sales individual to manage their distribution channel.

Position will ideally be based in the London, UK, area though Germany is an option.

In this position, you would help manage and expand partnerships, proposals, projects and implement the go to market strategy for patient medication delivery systems with Controlled Dosage and a unique Data Collection App System on patients reaction, as well as future products as they are released to market.

The ideal candidate will have a successful background in medical devices or pharmaceuticals through a distribution channel as well as experience bringing new products to market.

Contact: Pam Inglis – pinglis@rostie.com OR 1-800-647-0780

Senior Software Engineer

  • JOB ID: 3129
  • Greater Toronto Area

Our client has created a revolution in real-time communications and is currently seeking talented engineers who build elegant, scalable software platforms. At this time, they are seeking a SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER to join their growing team.

You will solve complex business problems, set technical strategy and deliver solutions with autonomy and opportunity for leadership. You will participate in design meetings, mentor more junior engineers, and be a core part of setting up the company for the next 10 years of growth. Candidates can be based anywhere in/near the Greater Toronto Area (Toronto and suburbs including Markham, Richmond Hill, Ajax, Pickering, Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, etc) or the Kitchener/Waterloo region.

Responsibilities:

• Build the latest and greatest cutting edge communication technology.

• Write, test, and deploy code into a fabric of real-time micro-services.

• Manage your time and drive the roadmap for your technical areas.

• Improve our shared engineering standards and processes.

• Learn from and teach other great engineers.

• Monitor and tune robust systems capable of handling 10x our ever-growing traffic!

Technology Stack

Python, C/C++, REST, NoSQL, WebRTC, SIP

Contact: John Anderson – john@rostie.com OR 1-800-647-0780

Regional Sales Manager – TOLA

  • JOB ID: 3128
  • Texas

Our client, a leading provider of Threat Intelligence is seeking a Regional Sales Manager based in Texas (Dallas, Houston, Austin) for the TOLA region.

The RSM will be supported by a Top Lead Gen Team. Our client is offering excellent compensation, including an employee-centric benefit plan and Equity Potential.

The successful candidate must have: 3+ years in Direct Cyber Sales; Threat Intelligence and/or SOAR(Security Orchestration, Automation and Response); A solid track record of sales achievement and meeting quota.

Contact: Pam Inglis – pinglis@rostie.com OR 1-800-647-0780

Rostie Tech Hot Jobs: December 8th, 2020

Rostie Tech Hot Jobs: December 8th, 2020

Rostie Tech Hot Jobs: December 8th, 2020

 

Rostie Tech Hot Jobs: December 8th, 2020

It’s Tuesday – and we’re feeling hot, hot, hot.  Rostie & Associates have some new scorching hot jobs!

Looking to make a professional change? Check out some of our Hot Jobs!

Distribution Channel Sales Manager

  • London, England
  • JOB ID: 3127

Our client is the creator of ground-breaking medical wearable and digital healthcare devices (AI data analysis & IoT).

After having secured contracts with distributors across Europe, multiple clinical trials and over 300,000 patients using their products, they are now seeking an experienced, seasoned , energetic and enthusiastic sales individual to manage their distribution channel.

Position will ideally be based in the London, UK, area though Germany is an option.

In this position, you would help manage and expand partnerships, proposals, projects and implement the go to market strategy for patient medication delivery systems with Controlled Dosage and a unique Data Collection App System on patients reaction, as well as future products as they are released to market.

The ideal candidate will have a successful background in medical devices or pharmaceuticals through a distribution channel as well as experience bringing new products to market.

Contact: Pam Inglis – pinglis@rostie.com OR 1-800-647-0780

Senior Cyber Security Sales Engineer

  • Toronto, ON
  • JOB ID: 3126

Our client is a global leader in integrated application delivery and application security solutions.

At this time they are seeking a Senior Cyber Security Sales Engineer in the Toronto area.

This position requires:

  • In-depth knowledge of OSI layers 2 – 7
  • Demonstrated proficiency at system integration
  • Ability to interpret packet captures and diagnose underlying problems
  • Experience with load balancers, firewalls, web servers and caching
  • Understanding of bandwidth management and quality of service concepts
  • Ability to troubleshoot complex network environments
  • Knowledge of VPN, SSL and encryption related conceptsPreferred Additional Skills
  • Hands-on experience with network perimeter security such as DDoS mitigation tools, and Web Application Firewalls
  • Hands-on experience with security tools such as Backtrack, Kali, Z.A.P, HPING, Tcpreplay, etc.
  • Hands-on experience with Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs, load balancers) with knowledge of Server Load Balancing, Global Server Load Balancing, L7 routing/switching, and manipulation.
  • Basic Knowledge of widely deployed enterprise applications such as SharePoint, Outlook, Oracle Web Apps, etc.,
  • Knowledge of cloud security services, cloud hosting, etc.
  • Any scripting/programming skills or familiarity.
  • Bachelor’s in a related field such as Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science

Contact: John Anderson – john@rostie.com OR 1-800-647-0780

Virtualization & Cloud Website Solutions Engineer

  • Toronto, ON
  • JOB ID: 3125

Our client is a technology solution provider that serves business and government clients across Canada.

Their solution teams are growing rapidly, and they have no shortage of opportunity for consultation and implementation engagements. This is a tremendous opportunity to work in partnership with their clients, architecting and implementing digital transformation and IT modernization solutions using market leading automation, orchestration compute, storage, and virtualized solutions from our primary partners such as VMware, HP, Hitachi, Cisco, Dell EMC, Pure, AWS, Microsoft.

All applicants must hold existing Secret Level II Security Clearance with the Canadian Federal Government.

Contact: Pam Inglis – pinglis@rostie.com OR 1-800-647-0780

Rostie Tech Hot Jobs: November 24th, 2020

Rostie Tech Hot Jobs: November 24th, 2020

 

As per this BlogTO article, Toronto has been named the Tech Hub of Canada and new hotspot for talent in North America.  As the article points out, “The city’s scene has now surpassed that of even San Francisco as far as growth, and is still expanding rapidly despite the pandemic, as indicated by new numbers on our tech worker pool.”

As a high tech recruiting firm that has been operating in Toronto for 30 years, Rostie & Associates Inc. couldn’t be more excited about the recent tech growth and development of talent in our own backyard.

At Rostie & Associates Inc. our goal is to understand your organizations’ functions, your strategies for business success, your cultural environment, how to sell your organization to the candidate market, and to deliver superior service by providing candidates that fit exactly what your company requires to be successful.

Looking to make a professional change? Check out some of our Hot Jobs!

Senior Sales Business Development Executive

JOB ID: 3122, United States

Our client is the creator of ground-breaking medical wearable and digital healthcare devices (AI data analysis & IoT).

After having secured contracts with distributors across Europe, the Nordics and Australia, they are now seeking an experienced, seasoned , energetic and enthusiastic sales individual.

In this position, you would help them in the USA and internationally, to develop partnerships, proposals, projects and implement their go to market strategy for their patient medication delivery systems with controlled Dosage and unique Data Collection App system on patients reaction as well as their future products.

A successful background in medical devices or pharmaceutical is required for this position, ideally having sold Transdermal patches to clinics, dispensaries, hospitals and other healthcare organizations.

This position can be based anywhere in the United States though, ideally, central to eastern.

Contact: Pam Inglis – pinglis@rostie.com OR 1-800-647-0780

 

Regional Sales Manager – Threat Intelligence Solutions

JOB ID: 3112, Chicago, IL

Our client, a leading provider of Threat Intelligence is seeking a Regional Sales Manager in the Chicago area.

The RSM will be supported by a Top Lead Gen Team. Our client is offering excellent compensation, including an employee-centric benefit plan and Equity Potential.

The position will be responsible for sales to the Greater Chicago Area, the Upper Mid-West and Central Canada.

The successful candidate must have:

3+ years in Direct Cyber Sales;

Threat Intelligence and/or SOAR(Security Orchestration, Automation and Response);

A solid track record of sales achievement and meeting quota.

Contact: John Anderson – john@rostie.com OR 1-800-647-0780

 

Sales / Business Development Representative

JOB ID: 3123, United States

Our client is the creator of ground-breaking medical wearable and digital healthcare devices (AI data analysis & IoT).

After having secured contracts with distributors across Europe, the Nordics and Australia, they are now seeking an energetic and enthusiastic sales individual.

In this position, you would help grow sales across the USA of their patient medication delivery products with controlled Dosage and unique Data Collection App system on patients reaction as well as their future products.

A successful background in medical devices or pharmaceutical sales is required for this position, ideally experienced selling to pharmaceutical and other health related retail organizations.

This position can be based anywhere in the United States though, ideally, central to eastern.

Contact: Pam Inglis – pinglis@rostie.com OR 1-800-647-0780

 

Senior Virtualization & Data Centre Solutions Engineer

JOB ID: 3120, Toronto, ON

Our client is a technology solution provider that serves business and government clients across Canada.

With deep subject-matter expertise, the SE delivers on PS engagements and supports pre-sales opportunities. The SE supports the Sales team by developing and aligning technical customer requirements to hardware, software or professional services solutions by providing Product-specific analysis and insights resulting in recommendations.

All applicants must be eligible for a Secret Level II Security Clearance with the Canadian Federal Government.

Under minimal supervision, your main responsibility as a Solutions Engineer will be to architect digital transformation and IT modernization technologies using market leading automation, orchestration compute, storage, virtualized solutions from our primary partners such as VMware, HP, Hitachi, Cisco, Dell EMC, Pure, AWS, Microsoft.

You will be responsible for the leadership and delivery of professional services activities including proposal development, proof-of-concept construction, demonstrations, roadmaps, and architectural design sessions. You will have a deep understanding of various IaaS/PaaS services and reference architecture.

You should be able to work at a client’s site in collaboration with client team members and be motivated, ambitious, and focused on consulting around data center solutions and services.

Contact: Pam Inglis – pinglis@rostie.com OR 1-800-647-0780

 

 

The Season of (Employee) Discontent

The Season of (Employee) Discontent

 

The Season of (Employee) Discontent

The work-from-home model has become the new norm during the Covid-19 pandemic and while we have all had some time to adjust, have you been wondering how happy and engaged your employees really are?

Well, based on the findings of a study by Hays Canada, the answer is, not very.

According to the article, “49% of employees were seriously considering leaving their job”.

While these numbers are disturbing enough, in some ways, they are understandable. What’s truly shocking is that over half of the employers are doing nothing to help or keep their employees engaged!

Even during “normal” times, I heard similar complaints from candidates who were considering other work opportunities, things like lack of encouragement, direction or personal reward in their workplace are issues regardless of the pandemic, it seems.

Rewards, of course, take many forms.  Whether it’s recognition for going above and beyond, a high-five for a job well done, additional training, opportunities for growth or just a free pizza lunch; it doesn’t take that much to make an employee feel valued.

Even employees that are used to, and thrive, working from home, still want to know their work is appreciated and recognized.

While there are many benefits to working from home, it can, and has been, an extremely difficult transition for many employees.  They can feel that they have been cast adrift and now have to grapple with the challenges of the “new normal” – while worrying about the economy, their job security and learning to separate work and home – while at home!

As an employer, meetings on Zoom and counting keystrokes are not enough to ensure happiness or engagement. If you had thought it was, I urge you to think again.

A great number of employees feel isolated and uncertain about their future, making them more likely to look elsewhere for employment.

Please don’t discount the emotional and social aspect of employment.  A major part of working for any company is feeling that you’re part of the team, that you’re working towards a shared goal and that you feel like you belong! If we take that away, and what do we have left?

So, why do so many employees stay if they aren’t wholly satisfied with their situation? More often than not, this boils down to them liking their team, or manager, and a desire to stay loyal. If that’s doesn’t exist, or it’s taken away, it certainly makes it easier to leave.

So, what’s the solution?  Well, that’s the tricky bit right there, because there isn’t one solution that works for every organization or employee. What we do know is that management needs to learn how to keep their remote employees engaged, and quickly.

While staff turnover is simply part of running a business, if you want to better your odds of keeping your employees feeling like they’re part of a team, let’s get a little creative.

This article, from event site TeamBuilding, has some unique ideas to maintaining high spirits among staff. Whether it’s a couple tips and tricks on how to best celebrate employee birthdays remotely or a special ‘channel’ dedicated to celebrating small wins, there’s a multitude of ideas that would benefit any company’s culture.

On a more serious note, while considering ways of keeping your employees engaged – and employed with you – please don’t forget the very real impact Covid-19 has had on mental health for a great number of people. As CAMH acknowledges in this article, social isolation weighs heavily on everyone, some undoubtedly more than others. Keep an eye on your employees, some may be at risk of experiencing difficulties with their mental health and others may have previous difficulties amplified due to, well, everything that’s happening.

It’s the season of (employee) discontent.  We’re all experiencing this and it’s important that we encourage each other.

This too shall pass, so lets try and be there for one another, it’ll make our post-covid world that much better!

Pam Inglis, Manager Recruiting/Senior Consultant, Rostie & Associates

Sales: The Critical Piece

Sales - The Critical Piece To Your Successful Future

 

Sales: The Critical Piece To Your Organization’s Successful Future

What drives your business?

Technology, finance, marketing?

These are all good things, but what it actually comes down to is sales.

I’m not saying that your other departments aren’t important, they are. They all contribute to the business, but sales is critical to the immediate and future lifeline of an organization.

Sales revenue is what allows you to succeed as an organization. You can have the best technology, the best services, and the coolest marketing campaigns, but if no one buys your product, you don’t have a business.

Sales in the door is what allows you to invest in advancing your services, providing marketing dollars, and keeping the wolves away.

Aside from new revenue, a customer’s first call (if they have an issue) is often to their sales rep, and I can’t think of a more important time than now to keep your current customers happy. A happy customer is a repeat customer and it’s often down to your sales rep to prevent them from going to the competition.

On that note, whether you like it or not, a lot of customers buy your products because they like the sales rep. If the rep is gone, the client will often follow.

When times are tough (hello Covid!) companies start cutting back and putting hires on hold.

It makes sense in these uncertain times to save as much revenue as possible for a rainy day (and it’s been pouring for months now). But, the one department that can help get you through this is sales; and the job postings I’ve been seeing certainly reflect this belief.

While a good number of companies have cut at least a portion of their sales staff, there are companies looking to expand their teams, which is great news for those sales reps that have been laid off.

As opposed to thinking of cutting back your sales team or putting all sales hires on hold, perhaps now is the time to be bold and look to the future.

While this may not be the year to expect record figures, if you’re fortunate enough to have the type of products or services that companies simply cannot do without, maybe now is the time to go for it and position yourself ahead of the competition when things go back to “normal”.

Here’s a great article from Harvard Business Review that explains how to re-focus your sales teams efforts now and when things go back to “normal”.

To be fair, there are some industries that simply may not survive no matter how many sales people they retain or hire. Fortunately, that’s not the case for all industries.

So, if you’re a company who are feeling the pressure to cut costs and hold off on hiring, really take the time to consider the impact a smaller sales team will have on your bottom line both now and in the future.

Sales are the critical piece to your successful future.

But how do you know you’re hiring the right person?  After all, every dollar spent is now more critical than ever. The answer is simple – contact a professional to help bring in the perfect candidate.

Rostie & Associates are those professionals.

At Rostie & Associates we invest time in understanding your organizations’ functions, your strategies for business success, your cultural environment, how to sell your organization to the candidate market, and associated success stories that differentiate your value proposition from competitors in the marketplace.

We provide a professional recruitment solution to a wide range of organizations in the United States, Canada and Internationally. Our clients range from the largest and most established firms to entrepreneurs on the cutting edge of technology.

Simply put, we’re dedicated to creating a perfect match between organizations and candidates.

Check out some of our hottest jobs!

If you’re an organization who is planning for a successful future by adding to your sales team, contact Rostie & Associates today.

We look forward to providing you the best sales representatives on the market!

 

How Will H1B Visa Changes Impact Your Team and Talent Acquisition?

How Will H1B Visa Changes Impact Your Team and Talent Acquisition?

How Will H1B Visa Changes Impact Your Team and Talent Acquisition?

In our line of business, geopolitics doesn’t usually factor into decisions. We find you the best possible candidate for the role, and ensure that they are a great fit for your company. No more, and no less.

However, given the recent news regarding our friends to the south, and their government’s recent decision to suspend several classes of visa, most notably, the H1B, our work becomes more relevant than ever.

With companies no longer able to access a global talent pool, competition for US talent in the United States is set to increase significantly, and competition for global talent will increasingly take place within Canada, due to Canada remaining open for skilled immigration.

Using high-level boutique recruiters dramatically increases your likelihood of hiring top talent. We know exactly who fits a given role, and we are the most qualified people to advise you on how to attract and keep your talent, as well as ensuring that they continue to perform.

When competition increases, experts become more and more important.

We know the people, and we know how to ensure that you are not getting “B-list” staff.

Staffing is one of the few truly zero-sum propositions out there. If you attract the best, your competitors, well, won’t. Your business wins, and your competitors won’t be competitors for very long.

We know both Canadian and US markets and talent, which means that we are extremely well positioned to deliver in both markets. If your company is based in the US, and has Canadian operations, we can ensure that you have a top American team as well as an excellent international team.

The USA restricting access to foreign workers doesn’t need to mean that your team will take a hit, but if you don’t consult with the experts, it likely will.

See our partner, The Rostie Group’s, response here. They’re your go to for all office space and corporate headquarters needs in Toronto.

For more information about making  Rostie & Associates your go-to recruiting agency, feel free to visit our website www.rostie.com or call toll-free 1-800-647-0780.

Working From Home is Hard Work

Working From Home is Hard Work

Though working from home (WFH) is not a new concept to many people – it’s a practice that has been gaining in popularity over the last number of years – however, many of us were given no choice but to work from home due to Covid-19 and we learned working from home is hard work.

I think it’s fair to say that most of us appreciate the opportunity our employers have offered to continue to earn a wage throughout this crisis. Many, like me, have come to prefer working from home, though it isn’t ideal for everyone.

Perhaps you are simply more extroverted and prefer to interact with other people or you may not have the space for a separate office.  My “office” is the corner of my living room but as it’s just me and Arthur (my cat) it works very well.

However, if you have family at home, having a desk in the corner may not be ideal.  You’re going to have to make more of an effort to concentrate no matter how supportive your family is!

And for others, while they may be able to get much of their work done from home, their job would be much easier in an office setting.

But, even those of us that have taken to WFH like ducks to water, there are days when it’s difficult to power through for eight hours.

Whether it’s from feeling under the weather or suffering from lack of sleep or just “one of those days”, there will be times when you find it difficult to stay focused.  And that’s okay. There’s many ways to break up your work day into chunks of time that will allow you to still get work done while relieving some of the pressure.  Because, let’s face it, our employers are entrusting us to work from home and that trust should not be abused.  I’m sure that your boss also has “one of those days” as well and would likely understand.

If you’re simply having trouble adjusting to WFH, here’s a great article from MindTools to get, and keep, you on track.

If you’re really into the swing of WFH but just having the odd rough patch, below are some of my suggestions along with some professional advice to give yourself a break but still get the work done.

Exercise:

I have found that when I’ve been restless it’s not usually the work getting to me, but lack of exercise.  Now, I’m certainly no gym rat and won’t even run to catch a bus, but even I know that going from the bed to the sofa to drink my morning tea then straight to my desk isn’t a good idea.  You may not be commuting to work but you still need to have a transition from “home” to “work”.

For me, it’s walking.  I try to get out every morning for a good walk.  I’ll be honest in that there are some days when the snooze button and I are best friends, but even if you can only manage a 20 minute walk, it makes a big difference.  I try and fit in another walk after work or dinner and ideally a quick one at lunch.  I’ve even begun incorporating some stretches into my workday.  And while I may be about as graceful as an elephant in a tutu, it helps!

Here’s an article from Readers.Com that details the benefits of stretching along with some specific stretches you can do at your desk.

Give yourself a mental break:

Sometimes it’s your mind that’s tired or frustrated and you need to give it a break.

If I’m feeling frazzled or frustrated, I like to make a cup of tea and go sit on the balcony for five or ten minutes – a backyard is awesome if you have one.  Otherwise just go to another room, as long as it’s away from your desk; but be sure to leave your cell phone, laptop, iPad or whatever behind.  (Take the tea, leave the cell phone, come on, Godfather, anyone?)

The point is to just sit, be quiet and let your mind wander.  To be honest, your brain will probably focus on work. But don’t grab hold of any of it, just let it flow and you may end up with a solution to a task or problem you’ve been struggling with – or just come back to your desk a little bit calmer which really is the goal.

Here’s a fantastic article from Medium.Com on how to give your brain a break.

Finding work that isn’t “work”:

Most of us have various aspects to our jobs, so maybe take some time to do something that is still work related and of value to your employer but not the core of your job; perhaps conducting research or writing a blog!

Proper eating habits OR “Are cookies a breakfast food”?

As you have probably surmised from my comments regarding exercise, I am not anyone’s idea of a “health nut”.  However, it is important to eat proper meals at reasonably proper times.

If you’re like me, making tea in the morning is challenging enough, don’t tell me to cook breakfast – it’s just not going to happen.  Perhaps brunch but isn’t that what restaurants are usually for?

However, even I can find something healthy in the morning – instant oatmeal, whole grain toast, or if that’s still too challenging try some fruit with a small piece of hard cheese or hard boiled egg.  You can boil up enough for a few days ahead – and if that’s not your thing you can buy them already hard boiled in little plastic pouches – go figure!

Eating regularly scheduled meals will help keep you on a proper work cycle.  Let’s face it, if you’re eating lunch at 3:00 in the afternoon while WFH, are you really going to be that productive for the rest of the day?  Unless you’re one of those people that normally eat later meals – though personally, I would never last that long – I’d be “hangry” by 1:30!

Anyway, I’m not going even going to attempt to provide nutritional advice – I’m someone that firmly believes potato chips are a food group – but decent eating habits will help you stay focused, and you don’t have to take my word for it.

Here’s some advice from Harvard Medical on foods to help you stay sharp

Just remember, we’ve all had to get used to WFH and if you have those days where you struggle to stay focused, there’s ways to make working from home, well, work!