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March 31, 2020

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As we continue to understand the impact of the changes in the world, many companies have moved their workforce to a work-from-home model and this is the case for many CDW coworkers. Here are a few stories from our coworkers about what they are doing to stay positive, productive and happy in a time of uncertainty.

Sean
Manager, Data Center Solutions

The Data Center Leadership team had a “Virtual Happy Hour." It was a way for us to break up the week and recollect ourselves from all the sudden change with our environment, have some laughs and decompress. We jumped on a WebEx and engaged in a conversation as if we were at a happy hour. We started off with three trivia questions. It was a way for us leaders to get together and simply reconnect.

 

Rui
Consultancy Manager, Networking and Security (UK)

Being mindful that working from home does not mean you are glued to a desk of some sort and confined to those four walls – looking after your mental health is critical. Be it team calls with your colleagues that are not work related and instead are encouraging (something I do for my team) or connecting with your friends and family who are experiencing the same circumstances. For me ultimately, I’m blessed with having my dog, Elvis, in my life. Going out for a walk throughout the day is not only good for him but also helps me clear my mind and not feel so restricted. Elvis is my escape and I believe people should find what their “Elvis” is and use it for a better state of mind and to help put things in perspective.

 

 

 

 

John 
Director, Product & Partner Management

Keeping it fun and staying connected during our first week of working from home. Adding a special touch including: bow tie Wednesday, happy hat Friday and a virtual happy hour to catch up and visit.

 

 

 

 

Jessica
Director, Product & Partner Management

I identified the tools I had available to me to keep my workdays productive. I have my notebook, display, headset, cell phone, network access, collaboration tools, and a good old pen and paper. I am lucky enough to have a desk to work at (even though it’s in the basement). I set up my workspace similar to how I have it in the office, and it helped me immediately get into the work mindset (even if the kids are playing Super Mario Brothers behind me).

 

Kyle
Practice Lead -
Integrated Technology Architecture (UK)

Limit non-work-related distractions. If you find yourself drifting into the world of just watching TV then turn it off and move your working space to an area where there is no TV. Background noise can be useful though since working from home in complete silence can be strange initially. Put on the radio or your favorite music streaming service, just make it low and ideally minimal words.

 

 

 

 

Liz
Senior Vice President
& Chief Human Resources Officer

The world has changed in a very short time and we are all trying to adjust to living with heightened awareness, concern and sometimes fear. As always, it is most important that you take care of yourself and your family. Be sure to get some rest and enjoy the 'silver lining' that comes with this challenge.... the opportunity to be together (at home) with the people who are most important to you! 

 

Check out our GIFs, like those used here, by searching 'LifeAtCDW' on Instagram.

CDW Coworkers

As we continue to understand the impact of the changes in the world, many companies have moved their workforce to a work-from-home model and this is the case for many CDW coworkers. Here are a few stories from our coworkers about what they are doing to stay positive, productive and happy in a time of uncertainty.

Sean
Manager, Data Center Solutions

The Data Center Leadership team had a “Virtual Happy Hour." It was a way for us to break up the week and recollect ourselves from all the sudden change with our environment, have some laughs and decompress. We jumped on a WebEx and engaged in a conversation as if we were at a happy hour. We started off with three trivia questions. It was a way for us leaders to get together and simply reconnect.

 

Rui
Consultancy Manager, Networking and Security (UK)

Being mindful that working from home does not mean you are glued to a desk of some sort and confined to those four walls – looking after your mental health is critical. Be it team calls with your colleagues that are not work related and instead are encouraging (something I do for my team) or connecting with your friends and family who are experiencing the same circumstances. For me ultimately, I’m blessed with having my dog, Elvis, in my life. Going out for a walk throughout the day is not only good for him but also helps me clear my mind and not feel so restricted. Elvis is my escape and I believe people should find what their “Elvis” is and use it for a better state of mind and to help put things in perspective.

 

 

 

 

John 
Director, Product & Partner Management

Keeping it fun and staying connected during our first week of working from home. Adding a special touch including: bow tie Wednesday, happy hat Friday and a virtual happy hour to catch up and visit.

 

 

 

 

Jessica
Director, Product & Partner Management

I identified the tools I had available to me to keep my workdays productive. I have my notebook, display, headset, cell phone, network access, collaboration tools, and a good old pen and paper. I am lucky enough to have a desk to work at (even though it’s in the basement). I set up my workspace similar to how I have it in the office, and it helped me immediately get into the work mindset (even if the kids are playing Super Mario Brothers behind me).

 

Kyle
Practice Lead -
Integrated Technology Architecture (UK)

Limit non-work-related distractions. If you find yourself drifting into the world of just watching TV then turn it off and move your working space to an area where there is no TV. Background noise can be useful though since working from home in complete silence can be strange initially. Put on the radio or your favorite music streaming service, just make it low and ideally minimal words.

 

 

 

 

Liz
Senior Vice President
& Chief Human Resources Officer

The world has changed in a very short time and we are all trying to adjust to living with heightened awareness, concern and sometimes fear. As always, it is most important that you take care of yourself and your family. Be sure to get some rest and enjoy the 'silver lining' that comes with this challenge.... the opportunity to be together (at home) with the people who are most important to you! 

 

Check out our GIFs, like those used here, by searching 'LifeAtCDW' on Instagram.

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