For many of us, working from home is our new daily routine. And, if you’re like me, it’s definitely a different experience. Fortunately, I’m still surrounded — albeit, mostly virtually — by talented colleagues and friends.
Recently, Dan Macuga, USANA’s chief communications and marketing officer, explained to USANA employees how he’s staying connected and having fun while working from home.
As I’ve done previously, I’d like to share with you key points from his article in hopes that you can implement the strategies in your own life.
Get to Know Your Peers
Being happy, Macuga says, is critical to staying connected and having fun. It’s something he’s learned in his 14 years at USANA.
“USANA has to be experienced,” says Macuga, a self-described people person. “I consider myself very fortunate to be here at USANA and with each day that feeling strengthens — even with tough days like you and I have every once in a while.”
Daily interactions with employees allow for the opportunity to learn about new ideas, among other things. And those interactions shouldn’t vanish simply because we’re not all working in the same building.
“Basically, if you listen to people around you, and you are truly interested in their opinions and feedback, you gain insight into the business you would never know otherwise,” he explains.
In other words, if you listen you will learn. Plus, you’ll be able to offer your own perspective on an idea or an initiative. This is how innovation starts — it’s a groundswell of ideas that culminate in change.
In the process, learning and interacting can be fun. It will help you build relationships and set a foundation for future collaboration opportunities.
“We are people first, employees second. Learning about people, their families, and their hobbies is not only fun, it’s truly engaging to hear what other people are up to. Perhaps you will even find similar likes that bring your friendship to a new level.”
— Dan Macuga, USANA Chief Communications & Marketing Officer
Make Sure You’re Having Fun
Our new work environment can feel isolating at times. It gives me even more appreciation for our USANA Associates and what they accomplish. But no matter where we work, it’s important that we stay connected with our colleagues.
Macuga tackles it in two parts: Disconnect and Connect.
“Stress can impact your health, your personal life, your work life, basically everything,” he says. “So, my advice is this, when you feel pressure, find an outlet to just disconnect and let go. Find a way to take a break, step away, let your mind roam, do something you enjoy, just get away for a bit.”
It could be a walk around the block, a 15-minute meditation, or reading a chapter or two in a book. Essentially, find an activity that lets you stop, forget, and get your mind back into a good spot.
For Macuga, his go-to activity to decompress is slightly unusual.
“I mow my lawn!” he says. “Seriously, I go out back, fire up the mower, and work on getting the lines in my lawn perfectly straight.”
When you’re ready to go back and connect, consider doing so in a way that involves some sort of teambuilding. Departments at USANA hold smaller Zoom meetings regularly. Others conduct virtual lunches or get together to play board games or meet to discuss a book, movie, or TV show.
The bottom line: Find ways to stay connected with your co-workers.
Listen and Learn
I’ve said it before, but the USANA culture is special. And that culture doesn’t disappear just because we’re working from home.
“I have worked for a number of large global companies here in the U.S. and I can assure you that not one of them has the unique culture that has been created and maintained at USANA,” Macuga says. “To keep that culture alive and well in these unique times, we need to stay focused on our personal health and stay connected with those around us.”
- Find a way to disconnect in times of stress. Look for opportunities to get away even for just a few minutes to let your mind go and reset yourself.
- Find ways to stay connected. Get to know your fellow employees better on a personal level and find ways to spend time together doing something fun.
And finally, Macuga believes the more you listen, the more you learn.
“Take the time to get to know people around you, hear their ideas, and listen to their concerns,” he says.
It will give you insight into making your work environment even better than it already is.
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