#remotework

Manage Your Work Life Balance and Avoid Burnout

Internally at designDATA, we have been focused on staying connected and checking on each other.  Many times, we have heard staff say, “What day is it?” or “I feel like I work past 5 pm more often now than before.”  Are we showing greater loyalty by sending emails after 6 pm on a Friday because we work from home?  This is an interesting topic and can apply to most of us in this remote work environment.  The Harvard Business Review published some tips about this topic in the article, Avoid Burnout.  It’s important to manage your work-life balance, develop routines, and set boundaries.  It has been a challenge for all of us to some degree.

At designDATA, we share calendars to help with meeting scheduling and work management.  A new modification across the company is the use of unified colored categories in our Outlook calendars to categorize blocks of time.  As an example, block the time, “personal”(grey),  to remember to check on the kids who should be in Distance Learning, not playing FortNite.  Perhaps, you are scheduling team huddles or check-ins, use a specific color so at quick glance you could quantify how many reoccurring meetings you have for the week.  This tip should help avoid burnout and increase productivity with some planning and effort.  Plan your balance and set your boundaries.

Changing Password over VPN

Even with so many working remote in these tumultuous times, security practices such as regular password expiration dates keep looming before us. While we at designDATA are always here to walk you through how to handle this process, here are some tips on how you can do so yourself!

While you are working in the office, you have the convenience of being on the same network as your domain, meaning that if your password needs to be changed, all you need to do is the simple CTRL+ALT+DEL to pull up the ‘Change a Password’ menu.
While the process is largely the same when remote, you also need to make sure that you are connected to your VPN, which simulates being connected to your office network. For most of our customers using the Sophos VPN, that will be the little traffic light icon you should find in the lower right-hand corner of your screen.

Once connected to the Sophos VPN, you can enter the ‘Change a Password’ screen as normal by pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL, and choosing your password. Remember that you will need to enter your new password twice, just as a confirmation!

Once you’ve changed your password, make sure you’re still connected to the VPN by checking to see that the icon is still showing the “green light” and then LOCK your computer twice. This is to ensure the new password is confirmed both on the network as well as on your local computer, as it doesn’t always do so the first time around. If you want to be absolutely sure that it has worked after locking and logging back in twice, you can also sign out and back into the VPN. If you can sign back in, it’s been changed at the domain level as well!
If you’re working from a Mac, or you aren’t a VPN user, your instructions will be different and are specific to your organization. Please contact the designDATA service desk for assistance.
Remember, if you have any issues with any of this, our technicians are standing by to help assist you with your password update or any other needs. We can be reached at service-request@designdata.com, or by calling your client-specific service desk numbers, 24/7.