Beyond team chats and using Teams calling features to stay connected, you need to set yourself up for success. Use a space in your home that helps you concentrate on the task at hand, and if the background distracts members of your team during meetings, there’s a built-in blur feature to help bring the focus back to you. More communication is better than less, especially when everything is working through remote teams.
Working from home means balancing your personal life and your work life even more closely than you would in the office, since they’ve now combined. Communicate your schedule through the calendar section of Teams to ensure everyone is on the same page for project deadlines, meeting times, and more. Give them reliable times during the day that they’ll be able to reach you and let them know when you’ll be away from the computer, either for lunch, to pick up the kids, or more.
It can be difficult to know when is the best time to take a break now that you don’t have to commute, talk to coworkers in the office, or otherwise. Set a deadline for the end of the day and keep it consistent. Stay hydrated, well-fed, well-rested, and reduce stress through breaks, exercise, or whatever helps you the most. Unwind by talking to team members through Microsoft Teams, or order from the local coffee shop. Do what helps you most to, in turn, help those around you.