COVID-19 presents a lot of challenges for individuals and businesses. Swift transition to remote working while maintaining productivity is one of such challenges for people and organisations where working remotely in virtual teams is not an everyday practice.
As time goes by we are getting more and more aware of other type of challenges: overcoming sense of social isolation, worrying about friends and relative, creating new routines for learning at home for children and young people to help them to continue their education.
To support such transition GLAD team would like to bring to your attention a collection of freely available resources (short courses, articles, blogs, tools). These resources have been collated by us as well as made available by our training partners.
Studying at home – supporting young people and parents
Children and students may be well familiar with learning online but not having a familiar F2F classroom environment has created a different environment for young people and parents. Internet provides access to unlimited diversity of learning; to further support learning in a more structured way learning and educational providers are providing free access to learning materials to continue to support and nurture curiosity.
Coursera together – to help learning community during this challenging time Coursera is “launching new, free resources, as well as surfacing interesting course collections, community discussions, and expert interviews”. These resources will be updated, so stay tuned.
Remote working for business
The teams behind one of our training partners – “Global Integration” are experts in remote working; they have put together a free short MP4 slideshow with audio based on their experience of 25 years of training people to work remotely.
It’s an introduction to some of the benefits and challenges of working remotely together with a few practical tips and ideas that may help inspire and enable people new to this experience.
To access the slideshow please use this link https://vimeo.com/397149349/7baf1eaca1 . It is possible to stream or download this freely and share it with no charge and no restrictions except maintaining the copyright notice.
Social isolation, sense of loneliness when working from are serious issues that may have detrimental effect for emotional and psychological well-being and overall business productivity. This short video (Global Integration) with suggestions how to develop new more helpful working habits may be useful. if you find it helpful please share freely.
LinkedIn Learning has unlocked this course Working Remotely for everyone (no need to have a LinkedIn account).
In addition to an individual course there are 16 courses (combined in a “learning path” under the name “Remote working: setting yourself and your team up for success”) in 7 different languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin and Japanese. Courses can be studied individually.
EN: Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success
GE: Erfolgreich im Home Office arbeiten
FR: Etre efficace en teletravail
BP: Trabalho remoto colaboraca foco e produtividade
SP: Trabajo a distancia preparandote a ti mismo y a tus equipos para el exito
Focus on SCRUM and Agile
If your team(s) adhere to this way of working these resources from srum.org may be of interest:
- Remote Agile (Part 1): Practices & Tools for Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, and Product Owners by Stefan Wolpers
- Remote Agile (Part 2): Virtual Liberating Structures by Stefan Wolpers
- Distributed Lean Coffee by Jochen Krebs
- How the Scrum Values Could Help us Cope with COVID-19 Outbreak by Ravi Vajaria
- Three Simple Steps to Make Distributed Teams Work by Duncan Evans
- Distributed agile teams: 8 hacks that make them work by Kurt Bittner
- Emerging Practices to Cheerlead Your Distributed Teams From Good to Great by Nagesh Sharma
Articles and blogs
Microsoft is giving all organisations, who are not current customers 6 months free trial of Microsoft Teams.
Maintaining resilience and positive outlook
In these turbulent times we all need resilience, coping, and acceptance skills positivepsychologly.com is offering to download (free) ‘The Crisis Kit’: 5 tools to help us to get through these challenging time.
Goleman EI and Everwise invite you to join a Free Online Resilience Program through April 17th, 2020. In this self-paced 5-day learning program, you’ll strengthen your ability to bounce back from challenges and learn the science behind human adaptability and growth.
We wishing you and your teams to stay healthy, resilient and successful!
Please get in touch regarding access to these resources and/or if you would like to see more resources on related subjects.