COVID vs. The Holidays: AND the Holidays Win!

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COVID vs The Holidays: AND the Holidays Win!
100 ways to have a healthy, safe and fun 2020 holiday season
By Cindy Pascale

Regardless of which holiday you celebrate, most “normal” celebrations are with friends and family. This year celebrations are going to look different. People are searching for ways to connect in memorable, meaningful and healthy ways. Here are 100 tips and ideas to help you and your family do so:

Everyday. Whether you are with friends or family for the Holidays, always remember to:
1. Wash your hands.
2. Wear a mask.
3. Stay 6 feet apart.
4. Don’t touch your face.
5. Wash your hands (did I say that already?!?)

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Gatherings. If you are bringing together family and friends, consider these safety tips:
6. If weather permits, have the gathering outside
7. Or if it is cold, play up the cold and have a winter gathering with an “ice bar/table” theme complemented with snow and cold decorations.
8. If weather does not allow for an outdoors gathering, open or crack windows to increase air flow.
9. Keep the group small enough so that people can stay 6 feet apart
10. Avoid direct contact (hugs, handshakes).
11. Provide hand sanitizer.
12. Have guests wear masks that cover both mouth and nose while not eating or drinking.
13. Avoid singing and shouting, keep music low enough so people do not have to shout over the music.
14. Bring your own food and beverages so you are not touching other people’s items.
15. If you will be sharing food, have one person wearing a mask serve food to avoid everyone handling the same serving spoons.
16. Use plastic gloves for handling serving spoons.
17. Sit at small tables with household members sitting together.
18. Sanitize high touch items such as bathroom fixtures, refrigerator door. handle, and other door handles frequently.
19. Launder everything directly following the event.
20. Treat pets as you would a human and do not allow non-household people to hold or pet your cat or dog or any other household animal.
21. Keep others safe by not attending if you have any symptoms, have been exposed to COVID or if you have an increased risk factor.

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Travel. If you decide to travel for the holidays, follow these steps to have a safe and healthy visit.
22. Make sure that you are able to travel into the region you are planning to visit and if possible, figure out if you will be able to leave and/or return to your home.
23. Follow all of the mandates in the area that you are traveling to: wear a mask; stay 6 feet apart; don’t touch your face; wash hands.
24. Quarantine for 14 days or get a COVID test before your trip so you know you will not be bringing the virus with you.
25. Bring Clorox wipes to use on public touch-points in the airport, gas station, or rest stops.
26. Upon arrival, wash/sanitize hands and launder mask and clothing.

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Household Only Gathering. If you decide to forego the larger family and friends gathering for a household member only gathering, here are ideas to keep the holiday spirit and fun.
27. Have kids plan the menu and adults say yes to their suggestions.
28. Role play and dress up as a member of the family/household and act as that person would. Give a small prize to the person that has the best costume and actions.
29. Dress up in costumes associated with your holiday beliefs or practices. For instance, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and elves or Joseph, Mary and the 3-Wise Men.
30. Play your favorite games and make it interesting by changing or reversing the rules.
31. Enjoy hot cocoa by the fire and make smores together.
32. Sing Carols together. You can even record them and send them to friends and family.

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Virtual Gatherings. If you choose to have one or more virtual gatherings here are some creative ways to make the virtual gatherings more memorable and fun.
33. Create virtual background for your virtual holiday gathering.
34. Open Christmas presents while together online.
35. Virtual Christmas Caroling with everyone singing together.
36. Share pictures of past holidays.
37. Each person share their best holiday memory.
38. Holiday toast with hot chocolate, coffee, bubbly – send or contactless delivery a bottle of bubbly to each person on the call. Snap a selfie of the toast and text it to the group.
39. Keep your traditions and do them virtually. We have a tradition of playing a different board game every year. This year, we will play virtual Bingo. We created a Bingo board with special family memories.
40. Wear your holiday sweaters to your zoom gatherings. Have a contest for the ugliest and use the reactions button to award winners.
41. Have each person share what they are happy about or grateful for that happened in 2020.
42. Make a custom group t-shirt for everyone to wear during the holidays or virtual celebration as a reminder that the whole family is still a team, even if you can’t be together.
43. Secret Snowflake: There are various ways to play but one option is everyone in the family draws names of other extended family members and over the course of a couple weeks sends anonymous letters, small gifts or trinkets then during a virtual gathering you can guess and reveal the Secret Snowflakes
44. During a virtual gathering, everyone show and tell about their favorite holiday decoration in the house
45. Virtual movie night: Pick a favorite holiday movie and use an application like Netflix Party or Hulu Watch Party to enjoy a holiday classic. Bonus points if you coordinate snacks and drinks!

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Non-Gathering Ideas. Here are a few ways to be connected to friends and family members without gathering.
46. Send family members an Advent calendar. Each day send a selfie of opening the calendar.
47. Recipe share through a group email exchange
48. Exchange dishes the day before/morning of the holiday. Remember to wear gloves and do contactless porch delivery
49. Virtual museum tours as a group
50. Avoid the crowds of Black Friday shopping by shopping online.
51. Wear holiday themed PPE to spread joy
52. Bake cookies together using Zoom
53. Send thoughtful cards, handwritten notes, kids’ drawings and so on
54. Create your own holiday song play list and distribute to your friends and family
55. Mail your packages and season greetings cards early
56. Take the time to hand write all greeting cards for a more personal touch
57. Take a drive to see holiday lights in your community. Do some research to find where to go
58. Create your Family’s/Friend Group’s “How We Survived the Pandemic of 2020” storybook Include pictures or drawings and “publish” so that you can review it for years to come
59. Make gifts for friends and family and easy ones for kids to help with are Mason jars with cocoa mix and marshmallows or chocolate chip/sugar cookies
60. Go on a nature walk and gather items to use in homemade crafts
61. Use the items you gathered on your nature walk to create items to give to your local nursing home, homeless shelter or food kitchen. Parents and kids can create frosted pine cones by applying glue to the tips of pine cones and then roll the tips in Epsom salt
62. Have a coloring contest and encourage household members to use some of the items gathered on the nature walk
63. Make your own gift wrap paper. Cut out holiday pictures from magazines, flyers that come in the mail and newspapers. Attach the pictures to plain paper or paper bags
64. Make snowmen or snow angels in the snow
65. Have snowball fight
66. Read holiday books
67. Schedule a virtual Santa visit or have a family member dress up as Santa and have a FaceTime or other virtual Santa visit
68. Make up a dance to your favorite holiday song. Teach the other family members the dance, record it and upload the video to TikTok, Facebook or YouTube
69. Take the kids to a hill and go sledding
70. Hop on a video call with Santa - Unfortunately, kids might not get to see Saint Nick in person this year — but that doesn't mean they can't chat with him on the phone. Use 
Santa Club to book a video conversation with Kris Kringle. The $50 experience includes up to three children and even allows you to keep a recording of the video.
71. Have a Gingerbread house contest with family members.
72. Holiday movie marathon with all your favorite holiday movies.
73. Have a drive-thru Holiday celebration. Ask friends/family to come by a certain day/time to see your house decorated for the holidays and give everyone a small gift.
74. Set up a Holiday car parade through a neighborhood, nursing home, children’s home etc.
75. Practice self-care. Don't forget to be kind to yourself, it’s been a tough year!

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Religious Gatherings. When you go to the church, temple, mosque or any other place of worship, keep these tips in mind.
76. Sit with your household members and stay at least 6 feet away from others.
77. Keep your mask on.
78. Wear gloves
79. If someone tries to sit too close, move. Keep in mind that you are in a place of worship and that it is no place to have a “territory” argument because you and your family were there first.
80. If you do not feel comfortable going to worship, find an online service to attend.

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Be Generous; Spread Joy. The holiday season is a great time to give to those that are not as fortunate. Here are a few ideas.
81. Prepare traditional dishes for your elderly relatives, people that are shut in and deliver in a contactless way.
82. Volunteer to go grocery shopping for an elderly or shut in person
83. Rake a single-mom or elderly neighbor’s lawn. Or shovel their walk and driveway.
84. “Adopt a Family” and buy presents or a holiday meal for them.
85. Make holiday cards and deliver to nursing homes or hospitals.
86. Reach out and touch someone with a phone call.
87. Donate to your local food shelf.
88. Buy a meal for the person behind you in a fast-food drive thru.
89. Use the money you would have spent on traveling to see family members and donate to your charity of choice.  
90. Elf your neighbors! Grab a few festive items when you’re at the store next. Whether it’s as simple as a few packets of hot chocolate in a mug, or a basket with holiday goodies.
91. Create a 2020 gift bag with some hand sanitizer & personal hygiene products and donate to a local shelter.
92. Decorate a friend’s lawn, apartment, condo, or townhouse door.

Remember: The holidays are the perfect time to remember and celebrate the people who are no longer with us. Whether they passed away in 2020, last year, last decade or several decades ago.
93. Follow the traditions of your religion to say a prayer or light a candle
94. Make a donation to the remembered person’s favorite charity
95. Say a toast to the remembered person
96. Share stories about the remembered person and supplement with pictures
97. Dedicate 2021 to them and make it your best year!

98. Don’t add more stress to 2020
99. Enjoy the Holiday season
100. Spread Joy, not germs/viruses, to those around you

While you don’t want to forget your traditions, there is always room to make new ones. This might be the year to re-establish new ways to celebrate the holidays with less stress, especially the stress of having the perfect holiday. Remember, no one is expecting perfection and 2020 is the year to realign our expectations with the basic expectation of being safe and healthy!

About Cindy:
Cindy Pascale is the CEO and co-founder of Vado and has 16+ years of HR, Training & Development and OD leadership experience and 12 years running training, talent management, and assessment companies. She was a 2018, 2019 and 2020 LearningElite Judge for Human Capital Media and an Elearning Industry author since 2018.
Vado is an award winning off the shelf e-learning courseware provider ‘changing the face of learning’ by helping learners apply their training on the job. Vado is a HSI company.

Email & Text Etiquette

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This is the resident Gen Z here at Vado, and I’d like to bring up a topic that my generation struggles with in daily workplace interactions.
So, I have a Millennial sister and a Boomer mother. Millennial Melanie told me that mom was mad at her. To which I replied, “Why would mom be mad at you?” And she replied, “IDK, she texted me back ‘Okay’” (notice the lack of punctuation in the response). I had to chuckle because I knew there was no underlying anger, that my mother was just in a hurry and only had time for “Hey Siri, respond okay.” I also knew that I would’ve reacted the same way. When I brought this up to the Vado team, I mentioned the issue that younger employees have with analyzing and writing workplace emails and texts.
I started texting in 4
th grade, 9 years old! Most people in my generation have been texting far longer than they haven’t. Seeing as this was our main connection to friends, foes, and acquaintances alike, we had to interpret emotions through text on a screen. Just as you interpret body language and tone in face-to-face conversation, we naturally do the same thing, just through text. This led to the development of a sort of ‘texting language.’ It looks a lot like your language, but every punctuation and word choice has a deeper, interpretive meaning.
For example, short, non-emotive responses mean the writer is mad or upset. The way to convey you’re happy is with the use of exclamation points, the lack thereof can only mean unhappy. This isn’t just me; you can show any of my peers the following two sentences and they’ll understand the difference.
“Okay!! See you then!” vs “Okay”
This makes email in the workplace a rather anxiety-inducing task. Our up-bringing taught us one set of rules for virtual communication, then all of that goes out the professionalism window when entering the business world.
Help reduce the anxiety and confusion over virtual communication for your employees, especially the younger employees, with Vado’s Email and Text Etiquette bundle.
Jamie Mustful

Remote Workplace Harassment

Screen Shot 2020-09-08 at 5.40.49 PMIf you are working from home for the first time, you might just be learning how it differs from working in-person with coworkers. And because this is a new experience, you may not be sure what’s expected. One thing you can count on is that you still want to be treated with respect, and you need to treat your teammates with respect.
And as a manager, managing remote employees comes with a variety of challenges. First and foremost making sure that everyone is working and doing their jobs. But there’s another challenge to think about: Ensuring that the workplace is safe, respectful, free of sexual harassment, and other forms of discrimination. The work that’s happening in your employees’ homes and the interaction among employees are all part of the workplace you’re responsible for managing. The law and your company’s policies haven’t changed because people are working remotely.
It’s easy to believe that workplace harassment and discrimination are only a problem when employees are together in one location. It can be just as much, if not more of a problem, in a remote work environment. There are four reasons for this:
  1. 1. At home, we feel more relaxed and casual. Our behavior reflects how we feel. Sometimes this causes us not to be as professional as we should be.
  2. 2. Everyone is physically isolated. It’s harder for anyone to monitor the work environment. When your coworker acts badly, whether intentionally or not, it’s less likely anyone will be there to step in and address the problem.
  3. 3. Some coworkers, mistakenly, assume standard workplace conduct policies don’t apply when they are working at their kitchen table.
  4. 4. Finally, the stress and loneliness that, for some, comes with working on their own, may cause them to act out inappropriately.
The first thing you can do to avoid potential problems is to make sure the expectations are clear. You might do this one-on-one with employees, especially as problems arise. You could also cover it in a meeting, that conversation should include:
  • Review the applicable policies.
  • Talk about potential scenarios that you anticipate could cause problems.
  • Give team members a chance to ask questions.
  • Remind people they can come to you, HR, or another member of the management team with their concerns.
To stay on the right side of the harassment line when in a remote environment, there are a few simple principles to let all employees know:
  • First, everything learned about sexual harassment and illegal workplace discrimination applies in a work from home environment.
  • Treat all coworkers as a coworkers, regardless of the time of day, the day of the week, or whether you’re interacting with them in person, via the internet, or on the phone.
Of course, employees will see and hear things. They need to know to not make comments about it, even if they’re trying to be funny. Some people won’t have a concern about what is said but it’s likely someone will. Always avoid commenting about what you notice in the background. One of the most common rules in sexual harassment training is not to make comments about people’s appearance. We may not be used to seeing coworkers on our screens, which may lead us to look at them with a more critical eye.
When you see a problem, you need to take action. If you witness something and think it’s just bad judgment or lack of knowledge, as a manager, consider a quick coaching conversation. If the conversation during a meeting or in an online chat gets a little risky, you can redirect the conversation or more directly tell folks that the conversation is wading into dangerous waters.
Here are some tips to make your work from home environment a safe place to work:
  • Make sure your background doesn’t give up the information you would prefer to stay private. Try a virtual background.
  • Dress professionally. You may be at home, but you are still working. You may be dressed casually, but you shouldn’t look like you just came from the beach, the gym, or a night on the town.
  • Whether you’re communicating by email, text, or in an app like Teams or Slack, those interactions need to stay professional. When we think about our coworkers as friends, we might let our more natural and informal impulses play out online. The rule is simple. If you shouldn’t say it to the person or about the person, you shouldn’t send it online either.
We’re all learning how to navigate technology and what it means to be a manager and a teammate in the virtual world. We can set a good example with our behavior and act when we experience problems, either when directed at us or others.

Sweats to Suits

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The return to the office is something that can be planned for in a more organized and orderly way than the WFH switch that took you by surprise at the beginning of this pandemic. However, are you mentally and physically ready for the return? This article is a commonsense guide for employees returning to the post COVID-19 workplace – from sweats back to suits!

As companies are preparing the office spaces for employees to reenter after COVID-19. Are you, as an employee, prepared to go back into the office? Many employees have concerns about going back into a formal workspace. From health and safety, to fitting back into their work clothes after this hiatus.

One thing is for sure, your company should have your safety and wellbeing as their top priority before sending out a plan of re-entry.

This article contains 8 things to consider and do prior to your return to work in the office.

1. Communicate:

Since people have been working from home during this pandemic for your company, communication was probably iffy at one point, but by now, it should have certainly improved! Your company should be in constant contact with its employees, letting you know what the plans are for return to the workplace and what safety precautions are being put in place.

You also should be in constant contact with your coworkers and your manager. Working from home may have initially been a challenge for you, but now you should be a pro at getting in touch with those you need to on a daily basis.

TIP: Take this communication practice back to the office with you. Keep everyone who needs to know in a continuous loop of communication, so everyone knows what you are working on, where you are with your projects and deadlines. This will give your manager and coworkers peace of mind and this is also a way to stay at a safe distance from others when back at the office. If you communicate electronically regularly, then the need for someone to stop by your workspace lessens.

2. Try on your Clothes:

Have you tried on your work clothes since you have been working from home? Your new attire is probably sweats, t-shirts, pajamas and yoga pants – all of these comfy clothes. Attempting to put back on work clothes may be something you should do sooner than later. Imagine day 1 when it’s time to get dressed for office re-entry. You go to button up your pants and they will not button… they do not fit. You will then go into a panic and have to decide what to throw on to make it to the office on time.

Try on your clothes now. If they are a little snug… put down the Doritos and pick up your physical activity to ensure a good fit. Otherwise, start shopping for one size up now and place your order. Shipping may take some time.

3. Keep your distance: 

The six-foot social distancing rule still applies in the physical workspace. Your employer may have made changes to your physical workspace so that employees can stay 6 feet or more away from each other. They may have changed the spacing between cubicles, may have converted meeting rooms into additional work spaces, or put tape on the floor to remind employees to stay 6 feet away from each other. Do your part by paying attention to and respecting your employer’s social distancing rules. Help your coworkers follow the social distancing rules by offering positive reminders if someone lapses. In addition, encourage people to collaborate virtually whenever possible.

TIP: Check with your employer before you go back to ensure that they have thought of these precautions mentioned above. If you need to go to the copier and see a group of people in the way, go back to your work station and wait until the people have cleared.

4. Practice good hygiene:

Reinforce good hygiene practices. You’ve likely been washing your hands now at least 10 times a day. Even more if you have kids. Don’t stop that when you go back to work. Hopefully, your employer will make sure to have well-stocked restrooms that have touchless soap and hands-free dispensers with sanitizer in lobbies, conference rooms, and lounges. But, just in case, you should bring sanitizer into your office/cubical and use it throughout the day. You should also bring in sanitizing wipes for your desk and office equipment. Be sure to cover your sneezes and coughs and keep your distance. You may even want to bring in a box of your own tissues and toilet paper. Your employer may require you to wear masks and/or gloves.

TIP: If you don’t have sanitizing wipes and the store is out. Amazon, Walmart and other stores have containers of dry industrial/shop towels (thicker than paper towels, but still paper). You can pour a bottle of disinfecting cleaner into that container and you have made your own sanitizing wipes.

5. Be open to new ways of working:

Since working from home, new habits have taken shape. We have discovered different ways to collaborate virtually, which may likely continue when we return to the office. Workflows and communication might improve. We should embrace these changes and let them flourish.

TIP: If your company hasn’t already thought about this, suggest virtual meetings using GoToMeeting, Zoom or Skype instead of face to face meetings in a conference. This will be especially helpful if there are more than 10 people included in that meeting.

6. Bring a Positive Attitude:

This will help you and others feel better.  Consider how you feel when preparing to return to the office. Are you anxious, scared, sad, overwhelmed? Don’t you think others feel the same way? If you have anxiety about it, others likely do too. Stay positive and spread that positivity.

TIP: Email your coworkers a nice, happy note during the day to make them smile and feel more at ease. Hopefully they will return the favor to you!

7. Prepare your family and pets:

This may seem silly but think about it… you have all been at home with each other, in close quarters for weeks now. It has become your “new normal” and soon it will be disrupted again. You need to make sure you have childcare if schools are not opening back up. Sit your family down and have a talk with them. Communication with them is just as important as communication with your coworkers – maybe even more important. They may be afraid for you to go back into public and you need to ease their fears and comfort them. You also should make sure that your pets will be taken care of, they are likely to have separation anxiety as well. They, too, have gotten used to you all being at home and it will be hard on them when the change occurs.

TIP: Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare for these things. Going back to the office will eventually happen and you need to make sure that all “housekeeping” items will be taken care of prior to reentry. Don’t feel rushed and scramble the day before, these things are extremely important.

8. Get back in Routine:
This time at home and out of the office has likely thrown your family’s schedule way off. Later bedtimes, later wake times, no naps, late night movies, long lunches and the list goes on. It is a good idea to start getting you and your family back into a routine.

Start tomorrow morning. Set your alarm as you would to beat traffic and make it in the office on time. Wake up, shower, make breakfast, wake your kids, pack their lunches for school, or daycare or a family member’s house and get into routine. Although you may not need to go back to the office for a little while, it’s still good to get into a predictable routine again. Use the lunches that you pack that day for a nice backyard picnic with your family.

No one is sure when things and workplaces will be back to “normal” and what was normal will likely not be that way again. Employees will be returning to a changed environment. Some companies may implement more permanent work-from-home policies, some have already reduced their workforces and some may bring everyone back in but at staggered times. Depending on how this has directly affected your company, being in an office will be a different experience now.
Look for communication and clear direction from your company. And in the meantime, practice the tips above in preparation to go from sweats to suits in a practical, stress-free way.

New Office, New Obstacles – What Would You Do?

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Working from home comes with many distractions and some could be a little uncomfortable and shocking for everyone involved. This article consists of a series of funny scenarios involving potential WFH’s WTH (aka Work From Homes What the Heck) distractions.

A good example of one of these situations is when Professor Robert E. Kelly instantly became “BBC Dad” after his happy-go-lucky children playfully crashed a live Skype interview he was having with BBC News. Do you remember that? How would you have handled that situation if it happened to you?

Here are some other situations to get you thinking!

Imagine this:
You have a video conference call at 1pm with your boss, CEO and many co-workers. The current time is 1:15 and the call is going great, you just begin to speak, and the postman pulls up. Your dog, Rover, starts barking like crazy and will not stop. Rover and the postman have a hate/hate relationship.

What would you do? Go Dark by logging off or introduce Rover and carry on with your report?

Although computer problems can happen, the likelihood of your coworkers believing you is slim. They saw your facial expressions and heard Rover barking before you "lost connection”. The better option would be to introduce Rover and carry on with your report. In the past few weeks, there have likely been MANY new coworkers on video calls and most of them are four-legged. Everyone on the call will understand or at the very least get a needed laugh out of the situation.

How about this situation?

You and your partner are both lucky enough to work from home during this pandemic. You have three kids at home. You have gotten into a routine and are working around each other’s schedules- until now. You have had a call scheduled for a week and it has been on your weekly shared calendar and your partner has been aware of this. Suddenly, 1 hour before the call, he tells you that he has a call scheduled too and it is at the same time. It is not on the shared calendar.

What would you do? Would you tell your partner to figure it out- your call is more important? Immediately cancel and reschedule your call? Both join your calls and hope your kids aren't too loud, don't hurt each other or don't set the house on fire? Or just talk to each other?

Although you would probably want to tell your partner to figure it out, resist. You are in this together and it was likely an honest mistake by not adding it to the calendar. Immediately canceling and rescheduling your call would be nice of you to do, but not necessary unless you have already talked about your calls and your feelings and you are aware that his call is more pressing at this time. And with three kids, depending on their ages, it likely won't work flawlessly or quietly. The better option would be to just talk to each other. This may be the first time you have had to work on your relationship communication skills because you are both working at home now. Figure it out together and agree that it will not happen again.

Here is another situation:

You just completed an excel project that took over an hour and your brain feels fried and you feel exhausted. You need a break. What you would do?

Get up, stretch and maybe go for a short walk for fresh air and to clear your head? Decide to catch up on your favorite Netflix show? Grab a bag of your favorite chips, some string cheese, a chocolate bar and a Fanta?

A lot of people that do not always work from home tend to think that those that do work from home do nothing all day and watch TV. It takes discipline to work from home, some people do it well and others, not so much. If you think you can watch one episode of a TV show, be careful, you will likely talk yourself into "just one more" and before you know it, you're behind on your workload. Also, a lot of sugar and unhealthy foods tend to make you feel more tired. A snack here and there is perfect if you're hungry. Maybe try a healthier snack to keep that "quarantine 15" away.

The best choice is to get up, stretch and maybe go for a short walk for fresh air and to clear your head. Physical activity and relaxation techniques can be valuable tools to help you remain calm and continue to protect your health during this time.
Here is a popular one:

You're on a video conference call. You have on a nice, ironed shirt and even a tie today, instead of your "new" normal work attire which consists of t-shirts. Your boss asks to review the report you did last week, which is not on your desk currently, it's on the table at the back of your office. You, without hesitation hop up and walk back to the table to grab the report. You hear your co-workers laughing and calling your name and then it hits you... you got dressed today, partially... in your nice, ironed shirt, tie and your boxer shorts.

How would you handle this?

Hit the floor, so that you are out of the camera's view and crawl back to your computer? Start to cry and ask for the call to be over? Or what about just embracing and pretending that the walk back to your computer is a runway and strut your stuff, embracing your new work attire and your embarrassing situation? The instinctive option would be to hit the floor and crawl back to your computer. But you will still have to face your colleagues once you crawl back to your desk. You definitely wouldn’t want to start crying because you will have to face your boss and co-workers! The better option is to just embrace it! Yes, you are mortified, but there isn't much you can do about it at this point. Maybe you don't need to 'strut your stuff', but try and calmly get back to your computer, join in on the laughs and try to get the meeting back on track.

You have a huge project to deliver, you've attached the document to an email and you're typing out your delivery message. This email is nowhere near deliverable, it's just a brain spill at this point. You even have your grocery list on the document, along with a little note you were writing to your wife about plans for tonight after the kids are asleep that you plan to handwrite in a sweet greeting card shortly. Your needy cat jumps on your lap and you take a minute to pet her and gather more thoughts. She then quickly jumps on the keyboard and the email is now sent. It's incomplete, full of misspellings, contains "bedroom talk" and your need for milk and bread. Now 15 people, including your boss, three clients and numerous coworkers have it in their inbox.

What you would do?

Scream at your cat and go for a walk to let off steam and send an email an hour after the original one? Or what about just immediately quitting your job?

This is not a great situation to be in but yelling at an animal will not help things. You need to act fast. Quitting your job is a little extreme and likely not necessary.

The best option is to think fast, click the "recall" button on the email and quickly draft an apology email, send it and hope everyone understands. If you try and recall the message and replace it with another and an apology to those that already opened the message, that is the best approach. Honesty and being quick on your feet to resolve this problem are the best things that you can do.
If these scenarios don't apply to you, we hope you got a laugh out of them... but also remember to be patient and understanding when things don't go right on the other end of the line. For those who don't have these distractions at home, and everything is going super smoothly, try and put yourself in the other persons shoes and continue be reminded to cut each other slack when it comes to WFH fails. Keep professional!