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The CEO from Home: 5 tips on How to Dress Like One

Business

If you're working from home, then there's a high chance that it is because of the coronavirus. Yes, it has changed our routines, especially our work routine. However, we can look at the brighter side and appreciate how working from home cuts our commute hours.

The question remains standing. How do you dress when working from home? If you got little to no idea, we've compiled the best tips on how to dress like a CEO while working from home.

1. Keep it casual and cozy

When working from home, you can indulge yourself by wearing clothes and accessories that keep you relaxed and stress-free. Let's face it-- the majority of employers won't mind what you wear as long as you get the work done.

Besides, you deserve a break from your stiff suit and tie. Rock a casual shirt and give yourself a break. Be cozy and comfy while you do your job diligently.

2. Dress depending on your mood

One benefit of working from home is switching up your clothes. As most meetings only require you to show your upper half body, you can wear a pajama and a nice jacket. They will never know.

If you feel like wearing business attire while working, then go ahead! When you dress according to your mood, this will increase your chance of working more efficiently and effectively.

3. Choose colors that boosts your energy

Working from home can be dull when you don't have workmates. Lift your day with colors as they can influence our energy.

To revitalize your enthusiasm, choose a color that induces focus and productivity. The color blue, per se, can help you relax without compromising focus. You can also wear a casual green top for a fresh vibe.

4. Balance your routine

Wearing sweatpants all day can sometimes make you feel lazy. With that in mind, you can try to change into your work clothes from time to time. You can wear a blazer or a formal dress as these clothes will prep your mind that you're working. These clothes can also help you draw a boundary between work and home.

5. Stretchy yet professional

If you don't like wearing working clothes but want to feel like you're in your office, you can try to look for clothes that are professional and stretchy. Yes, some clothes offer the best of both worlds. These clothes will help you remain productive and comfortable at the same time.

Dressing up professionally usually helps you focus on your work. You can also prevent being distracted by the things that are happening in your home.

Yes! You don't need to look professional while working at home, but sometimes it helps you balance out the difference between working in your office and lounging at home. As long as you get the job done neatly, you're good to go!

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Culture

Please Don't Forget to Say Thank You

"More grapes, please," my daughter asked, as she continued to color her Peppa Pig drawing at the kitchen table.

"What do you say?" I asked her, as I was about to hand her the bowl.

"More grapes?"

I shook my head.

"Please?"

I stood there.

"I want green grapes instead of red grapes?"

I shook my head again. I handed her the bowl of green grapes. "Thank you. Please don't forget to say thank you."

"Thank you, Momma!"

Here's the question at hand: Do we have to retrain our leaders to say thank you like I am training my children?

Many of us are busy training our young children on manners on the other side of the Zoom camera during this pandemic. Reminding them to say please, excuse me, I tried it and it's not my favorite, I am sorry, and thank you. And yet somehow simple manners continue to be undervalued and underappreciated in our workplaces. Because who has time to say thank you?

"Call me. This needs to be completed in the next hour."

"They didn't like the deck. Needs to be redone."

"When are you planning on sending the proposal?"

"Did you see the questions he asked? Where are the responses?"

"Needs to be done by Monday."

Let me take a look. I didn't see a please. No please. Let me re-read it again. Nope, no thank you either. Sure, I'll get to that right away. Oh yes, you're welcome.

Organizations are under enormous pressure in this pandemic. Therefore, leaders are under enormous pressure. Business models collapsing, budget cuts, layoffs, or scrapping plans… Companies are trying to pivot as quickly as possible—afraid of extinction. With employees and leaders everywhere teaching and parenting at home, taking care of elderly parents, or maybe even living alone with little social interaction, more and more of us are dealing with all forms of grief, including losing loved ones to COVID-19.

So we could argue we just don't have time to say thank you; we don't have time to express gratitude. There's too much happening in the world to be grateful for anything. We are all living day to day, the pendulum for us swinging between surviving and thriving. But if we don't have the time to be grateful now, to show gratitude and thanks as we live through one of the most cataclysmic events in recent human history, when will we ever be thankful?

If you don't think you have to say thank you; if you don't think they deserve a thank you (it's their job, it's what they get paid to do); or if you think, "Why should I say thank you, no one ever thanks me for anything?" It's time to remember that while we might be living through one of the worst recessions of our lifetimes, the market will turn again. Jobs will open up, and those who don't feel recognized or valued will be the first to go. Those who don't feel appreciated and respected will make the easy decision to work for leaders who show gratitude.

But if we don't have the time to be grateful now, to show gratitude and thanks as we live through one of the most cataclysmic events in recent human history, when will we ever be thankful?

Here's the question at hand: Do we have to retrain our leaders to say thank you like I am training my children? Remind them with flashcards? Bribe them with a cookie? Tell them how I proud I am of them when they say those two magical words?

Showing gratitude isn't that difficult. You can send a thoughtful email or a text, send a handwritten card, send something small as a gesture of thank you, or just tell them. Call them and tell them how thankful you are for them and for their contributions. Just say thank you.

A coworker recently mailed me a thank you card, saying how much she appreciated me. It was one of the nicest things anyone from work has sent me during this pandemic. It was another reminder for me of how much we underestimate the power of a thank you card.

Apparently, quarantine gratitude journals are all the rage right now. So it's great if you have a beautiful, leather-bound gratitude journal. You can write down all of the people and the things that you are thankful for in your life. Apparently, it helps you sleep better, helps you stay grounded, and makes you in general happier. Just don't forget to take a moment to stop writing in that journal, and to show thanks and gratitude to those you are working with every single day.