Scott Sonenshein shares work-from-home tips in TIME article

April 13, 2020

Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty affiliate Scott Sonenshein offers advice for working remotely in the TIME magazine article “Don’t Bring Your Work Messes Home. Simple Steps to Working Well in the Midst of Coronavirus.

The article explores how to avoid introducing work clutter and chaos into your home life. Sonenshein suggests the following steps to boost productivity and morale while working from home:

  • Start with an organized physical space
  • Set boundaries, dress the part and take breaks
  • Create connections with co-workers to ease tensions
  • Practice good email etiquette
  • Use the experience to break unproductive routines

“Messy desks, endless email, wasteful meetings, and multitasking are all clutter from the office that we shouldn’t bring home,” Sonenshein writes. “When we eliminate them, we open up space to work efficiently on our most critical and satisfying work.”

Sonenshein is the co-author with Marie Kondo of Joy at Work and is a professor of management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.