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Hey Corporate Black Girls ✨ How are you holding up? Yeah it's an adjustment but let's face it, it's not always what it's cracked up to be....

I've been pushing to "WFH" for over a year now and here it is, being forced upon us and this can really suck sometimes. Yeah I said it, but don't get me wrong, I am extremely grateful to have the capability to work from home. But honestly I miss my morning routine, the water cooler talk, the "I'm ready to go home" spill after one cup of coffee. But since I'm pushing 6 months of this, here's some tips of how not to go rouge.

1. DO NOT work from bed!

Although it is very tempting to just roll over 5 minutes before you need to log in, this could be bad on down the road. You should keep that space sacred. Once you get comfortable combining the two you will make it okay to work around the clock. Next thing you know you're checking emails at 9pm.

Working from your bed can also cause you to be less productive. You look up and it's 3:30pm, you've had 2 naps and 10 emails are waiting for a response. Now you only have an hour and a half to make it look like you've done 8 hours of work. Just don't do it sis. (My only exception is if I only have conference calls all day. 🗣 but dassit!)

2. Keep your workspace separate.

Alright, so we've established that working in bed is a no. So now we have to talk about where our workspace should be. We want to keep work separate from our personal lives and with WFH this can be difficult. In order to do that, you have to create a dedicated workstation for work and work only.

Before Rona, my desk was in my room but now I've moved it to prevent the temptation to be lazy and stay in bed all day. I knew that if I kept it there I'd just do some work then go lay down and repeat this cycle. So I decided to move my desk to my living room, I enjoyed rearranging my furniture but more importantly it gives me a reason to leave my room every morning. I know that sounds minor but believe me, I would stay in my room alllll day. I'm not trying to eat, sleep and work in the same place.

By keeping my work area in my living room, I stay out of my bedroom until it's time for me to go to sleep. I know some people are struggling with sleeping all day or going to bed early, but if you make it a point for your bedroom to be separate from your workspace you will only spend a little time in there. This way you're avoiding being sucked into that comfy bed with Netflix on standby.

3. Keep your same work schedule!

Yeah, they don't deserve the voluntary/involuntary overtime. When I first started working from home I worked the entire 8/9 hours straight...girl I know. 😒 What lunch? What 15 minute break? If I was in the office I'd never skip a break! (except hectic days, y'all understand) So the nerve of me to sit here and work non-stop with absolutely no breaks. By the time Wednesday rolled around, I was looking forward to the weekend just to have relief. Taking my proper breaks has helped me tremendously.

You've been skipping breaks too huh? No sis, take your 1 hour lunch! Take your 2 paid 15 minute breaks! You deserve! I'm not saying go out and run errands for 3 hours, but just keep the same schedule from when you were in the office. Like Big Red said, "My office hours are from 9-5." Not before and definitely not after.

Just because you have more time in the morning without commuting DOES NOT mean you have to log in early. Now of course we support an overachieving Corporate Black Girl, but do not work everyday for 10 hours simply because you have more time. Make breakfast, take a jog, use that time for whatever your heart desires but try your best to use it on you!

Until next time CBG, keep spreading that Black Girl Magic through your virtual meetings. ✨

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Well Corporate Black Girls ✨, I’ve honestly been a little lost for words. So in the mean time, I thought I’d share my last day in the office before Ms. Rona came and shook shit up.

*if you appreciate this gif, I appreciate you*

When I arrived to work on Friday the 13th (yeah I know), I had a meeting invite related to Covid-19 for 2 pm. I already knew what was going on. The typical round up to remind us that our department is fully equipped to work from home, so be prepared to do so if needed yada yada, whatever whatever, standard b.s. right? So 10 am rolls around and my director comes around the corner and says “Hey guys, lets get to the meeting room, we’re going to go ahead and have this meeting”. I’m like oh shit, this is actually serious, how we move a meeting from 2pm to 10 am?! So I entered the room and nobody is saying anything and being the jokester of the department I made a joke about the intensity of the room, but the stillness was unmatched.

They break it down to us that Coronavirus is no joke and our company is taking our health seriously, so we’d be working from home effective IMMEDIATELY. I’m sitting there like....oh shit!

Wayment, wtf, we’ve been lightly joking about it for the last week! Then one day we come to work only to get sent home with a work from home policy, as well as any and everything we needed from our desks!? It was all within a blink of an eye!

No more rushing out the door to hop on I-24, avoiding the scooter people on Commerce or even J-walking to make my grace period. At this point, what routine? The highlight of my workday was going to lunch and now y’all take that too???!!

Just like that, everything changed and may never be the same. Adapting to this new work life has been interesting and we will make it through CGBs!

I want to hear your experiences, leave a comment below about your last day and or changes to your work life.

P.S. Please know your girl still took a full lunch break and enjoyed it, just in case it was her last. 😌

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Hey Corporate Black Girls ✨

It’s the time of the year where we are surrounded by loved ones for the holidays.

Except you, unfortunately you’re left with the decision choosing between family and friends or working. 😒.

I’m just here to remind you to ALWAYS choose your loved ones here’s why...

Your family is irreplaceable! Sure you may miss that holiday pay but time with your family is priceless (cliche I know, but it’s 100% true). If you’re worried about missing the pay, plan ahead for it or use PTO. We work 40 plus hours for these companies, we can spare some time to create memories with ones we love. Usually there's tumbleweeds rolling trough the office during holidays anyway. So don’t feel bad for taking time you deserve.

Which leads to the next thing....

Your job doesn’t care about you! So stop being a ride or die for these people! If you died today they’ll post your job before sending condolences to your family. Besides, the same people they expect you to send those ”super important” reports to will have on their “out of office” not worried about you. Most of these companies want to paint the image of caring about you and your well being but only when it‘s beneficial to them. Yes, some may care about you and your career with the company but your well-being? Not so much. You consistently go above and beyond, so don’t feel guilty for choosing not to work during holidays.

Wayment, I’m not saying “f” that job completely...

I’m just saying, spend always comes back around. Yes, as CBGs we are climbing the corporate ladder but we are NOT puppets. (haha no correlation to the Elmo gif) When you say jump, I will NOT ask how high. There‘s a way to succeed in this corporate world and not be a push over. So take those 8, 16 or 24 hours off and you enjoy yourself. Anything else can wait until after you’ve had your morning coffee the day you return. ✨

P.S. Don't forget to turn on your "out of office" sis. ✨

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