If you are self employed you probably work from home most days so all of this might not seem so strange, but with the escalating issues around the spread of Coronavirus, many of you may well be forced out of the office and into working from home regularly.
In this situation, how do you do working from home style and showing up at work?
Do you roll out of bed, grab a coffee and open up your laptop ready to start? Admittedly you’re still in your PJs and your hair needs a brush but you are “at your desk”.
Or do you spend time getting ready, choosing work appropriate clothes and applying make up?
Self-isolation may well become the norm for the next few months. And if you are physically well, you will probably need to communicate more and more via video conferencing.
Those of us that work from home normally are aware of the wonders (and drawbacks) of Zoom calls. However, I still see people making mistakes. So here are a few ideas for improving and maintaining your image via video conference calls.
Maintaining your Professional Image when working from home
Wear “work” clothes (at least on your top half!) & maintain your normal level of grooming – wash hair, paint your nails, wear make-up etc. We will generally feel better and perform better if we have made an effort.
Wear interesting accessories near your face &/or a collared shirt – this brings focus here.
However, avoid bright, shiny or big necklaces as they can be a distraction!
Locate the camera lens on your computer or phone & look at that when you are speaking, rather than at the picture on the screen! If you struggle with this, move the thumbnail images of the other participants to under your camera lens.
Think about your lighting – try and get some natural light on your face. This is much more flattering or look for a cheap ring light with a soft filter.
And consider your backdrop. What is happening behind you? Remove the washing-up, the ironing board or kid’s toys!
Having to work from home may well become the new way of working for many of us to save on commuting time and pollution. This might be the start of a more long term movement.
Remember wearing colour is another great way to make you look good but also feel brighter, plus it cheers everyone else up and that’s what we all need at the moment.
To find out more about how I style my pj’s or simple styling techniques to update your everyday wardrobe why not book a Style SOS Session via Zoom.
And if you want to take the opportunity to use your self isolation even more wisely look out for my workshops on Decluttering your wardrobe or Creating a Capsule Wardrobe, all the event dates are on my Facebook Page.
Good Luck, Natasha x