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Working, Teaching, & Parenting…Oh My!

With Gwinnett’s decision to have digital learning for a season, many parents are continuing to face the challenge of working and teaching. Many of you already balance working from our space and from home, but now there’s another factor to think about. Although we don’t have the answers, we found a source to answer some of your questions or to help put you a little more at ease! Read the article below to join the back-to-school conversation.

“4 Things Parents Can Expect from Their Kids When They Go Back to School” | Maressa Brown, Aug. 2020

 

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We’re Reopening: Here’s What You Need to Know

We want to share how we are preparing to reopen for business on Friday, May 15 and what changes you can expect. We know you are eager for a change of scenery and ready to get back to work. 

Following CDC guidelines, healthcare professionals advice and guidelines provided by the government, we have made the following adjustments:

Business Hours

Staffed hours will be adjusted to Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. Platinum members and Residents will still have 24/7 access to the building.

Café

We are suspending snack services until further notice. Members will still have access to coffee; however, if the coffee is out, cold, or running low, please let staff know. 

You will still have access to drinks in the cooler, and ask that members and guests only take them from the front of the cooler. Everyone is encouraged to wash or sanitize their hands before reaching for a drink, then please wipe down the door handles with provided sanitizing wipes when you are finished.

Kitchen

To maintain social distancing guidelines, Only one person is allowed into the kitchen at a time. Wash or sanitize your hands upon entering the kitchen and please make sure to disinfect all areas touched before leaving this space. During this time, all non-essential items, including snacks, will be removed from the kitchen.

Conference Rooms

Premium and Platinum Level members will have access to booking conference rooms as their membership allows. Room capacity will be reduced and varies based on room size:

> For all Small Rooms (Conference Rooms 2 and 3): We are encouraging no more than one person in these rooms unless you already cohabitate or work closely with the other person. These rooms will have two chairs at the table so please do not add chairs or have more than two people inside.

> For all Large Rooms (Conference Rooms 1,4,5, and 6): Please limit the number of people in the room so that each member can remain at least 6ft. apart from one another. Chairs have been removed to limit the number of people so please do not add more chairs or occupy the room beyond the reduced capacity.

A Disinfecting spray is available in each room to use when your booking time has ended. We appreciate your help in wiping down all touched surfaces; i.e. the table, armrests, light switches, and door handles. 

Hot Desks

Tables available in the common areas and training room have been converted to Hot Desks and will need to be reserved through the Cornerstone Coworking app. These are set up for use by a single individual for the entire day. This will help ensure you are the only one at that workspace for the day. All desks/tables will be deep cleaned each night and disinfectant supplies will be provided for you to clean the space before and after your use.

They are spaced apart to maintain CDC and OSHA social distancing and safe workspace guidelines. 

No more than one person is allowed to sit at a table unless you already cohabitate or otherwise work closely with the other person. Please do not move tables or add chairs.

Training Room

Events in the Training Room are suspended until further recommended guidelines allow for larger gatherings. Until then, tables will be used as hot desks and spaced out for one person to sit at each table–please do not move tables. Sanitize your area before leaving with the available disinfecting cleaning spray located on each table. This includes the table, chairs, and other used surface areas.

Cleaning

Commercial cleaning services will continue Sunday through Thursday nights with CDC recommended disinfectants, Procure and Virex, with a focus on high-traffic and frequently touched areas.

Your Help

While our staff will be cleaning high traffic and high touch areas regularly and working to clean work surfaces throughout the day, we ask you to help us keep your fellow coworkers safe by keeping the facility as clean as possible. This includes:

  • – Stay home and contact a doctor if you feel you have any symptoms or have been around anyone who is known to have had COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms
  • – Regularly washing and sanitizing your hands. Hand sanitizer is provided at the spaces below throughout the building
    • > Front desk upon entrance
    • > Cafe
    • > Inside the restrooms
    • > Outside the restrooms
    • > Inside the kitchen
    • > Outside the kitchen
    • > Between Conference Rooms 4 & 5
    • > Along hallway window outside of the training room
    • > Back table inside the Training room 
  • – Following CDC guidelines for face coverings
  • – Using the disinfecting supplies provided to clean work areas, desks, tables, etc prior to and after usage
  • – Do not rearrange the furniture. If you need to move something for any reason, please seek out one of our staff members for help
  • – If you become diagnosed with COVID-19, please let our staff know so we can take appropriate steps to communicate with everyone and properly disinfect the entire space
  • – Follow all other CDC recommended Social Distancing Guidelines

 

We understand this is a lot of information to process. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, we are having a Virtual Happy Hour to open the floor to your questions. 

To RSVP to our Virtual Happy Hour on Tuesday, May 12 at 12pm, click here!

 

Stay Diligent, Stay Productive, Stay Safe, and Stay Positive! 

Cornerstone Team

 

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Supporting Small Businesses in the Midst of Covid-19

Written by Skyy DeAngelo

As we have all been affected by COVID -19, it is important to maintain a sense of community through supporting and uplifting our local community of small businesses. 

Within the first couple weeks of the pandemic, people went into a position of fear and fending for themselves. But as more information was given on the situation, we have been able to shift from fear to compassion. We have been reminded of how important kindness and community are to easing anxiety during this crisis. 

If we are all in this together, then we are to support each other and the businesses we pour ourselves into. A business isn’t just an entity, it is made up of families, dreams, and goals with the hope of making an aspect of another person’s life easier and full of joy. 

In this post, we are featuring some of Cornerstone’s members, what they offer, and how we can show our support as a workplace community:

 

OBRIA MEDICAL CLINICS

Obria is known for their compassionate and comprehensive healthcare. As we know, many families have suffered through this pandemic financially. As a result, Obria is currently providing pregnancy testing and ultrasounds at no charge, and their well-woman care visits are very low cost.

Obria serves many new mothers and currently has an Amazon baby registry for them. To support this organization, you can follow this link to their baby registry to add items in the Baby Boutique for expecting mothers. Their greatest need is diapers size 5 & 6 and baby boy clothing.

They are also starting a virtual baby bottle campaign to raise money to support current costs of remaining open. Individuals and organizations will have the opportunity to create their own fundraising page and fill their virtual baby bottle with money. 

To maintain the safety of their operation, disinfecting their surfaces is of utmost importance. If you are a business/organization/individual who has a resource to get hand sanitizer or Lysol spray, Obria Medical Clinic would greatly appreciate it!

Website: www.obria.org/locations/lawrenceville-ga/

Phone: call/text 770-338-1622 to set up your next appointment 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/obriamedicalclinicgwinnett/

 

UPPER90

The team at UPPER90 continues their efforts to empower children, on and off the field by being a support to them and their families during this health crisis.

In the midst of COVID-19, Jorge and his team at UPPER90 are currently providing weekly care packages that include food, essential items, and notes of encouragement to uplift those they are serving. 

You can show your support of UPPER90’s mission to help the community they love, by partnering or contributing to the families in their program. Follow the link for additional information and directions as to how you can help. https://www.upper90goal.org/covid-19help.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UPPER90GOL/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/upper90gol/tagged/

 

Here are a few more ways you can support Obria, UPPER90, and other members of the Cornerstone Community:

  1. Show some love by writing reviews if you have used their services. Using platforms such as Facebook, Google and Yelp! will help their business immensely. 
  2. Amplify their business using the most valuable avenue of advertising: word of mouth! Even if you do not have a need for their services, you may know someone who does. Share their services and information on your social media, that way people can find them and any promotions or special offers they may have.
  3. A simple thank you goes a long way. Take a moment to send a thank you note or an email acknowledging and thanking the businesses and organizations in your community for their diligent work. 

 

What are some practical ways your business can be supported during COVID-19?

 

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Skills to Develop for Post-Coronavirus

In the midst of Covid-19, we are experiencing adjustments in our everyday work flow, getting on numerous video calls and searching for new software. We all have a sneaking suspicion that life after this pandemic will not resemble what we were used to. In this time as we’re learning new skills, we may see some of them shift into new, normal skills. Below, you’ll find an article from Forbes outlining expected skills.

8 Job Skills to Succeed in a Post-Coronavirus World | Bernard Marr, April 2020

 

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Motivation Tips When Working from Home

We can’t operate the office as normal, but we can still work together in figuring out how to work from home! Some of my days are intensely productive; while others make me question how I’m a functioning adult–it’s all hit or miss. For those of us who aren’t used to working from home, we can experience a shift in our work style. This takes time and an understanding of personal habits and distractions. For me, I cannot be near a TV or other people. I have found working outside or at my desk are my most productive areas. Hopefully these tips below will help you figure out your best habits.

Value Your Morning Routine

Whether you had a routine before quarantine or not, find ways to value your mornings–before you start working. I personally enjoy reading while having a cup of coffee. It sets my mind in a mode that’s ready to write and create. Whether it’s reading, exercising, or cleaning, find what sets you up to focus. Also, I’m sure you’ve heard this time and time again, but get dressed! Dress for a normal day and try to create a similar work environment to what you would go into. Maybe leave off the tie or blazer–unless you have a video call–but dress nice and be comfortable!

Work Sprints

If you are really struggling with maintaining your focus at home, try work sprints. Although they’re helpful in your pre-quarantine routine as well, they are especially important during this time. A work sprint is a set of time where you are heads-down on a task. Whether it’s 20 minutes or 40 minutes, set your time and stay focused. Maintaining productivity in a different environment isn’t easy, and that is okay to acknowledge. However, there have to be adjustments made to your schedule, and it will get better in time. Check out Toggl and Tomato Timer to help you keep track of your sprint!

Keep Your Schedule

Although we’re in a shift in work, try to maintain your regular schedule: when you start work, take breaks, and end your day. Life isn’t perfect, so you cannot expect your day to work exactly like it did before. However, trying to have a sense of a regular schedule can also help your focus and productivity. It’s important to make sure you have a way to separate your work and life–especially when you’re at home. 

All of these steps are works in progress. This is a strange time and we need to work hard in different ways. Although none of this is ideal, there will be positive outcomes if we allow them. Working from home causes a lot of change in perspective, but we can all do this together!

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Communicating Across the Cyberspace

There is a reason the phase communication is key has been relevant for so long. It’s hardly ever an easy task and has only increased in difficulty during Covid-19. Between text messages and emails, tones are mishandled and wording isn’t always clear. Although many of you who use coworking spaces have adjusted to remote communication, it is new for many of us. Approaching conflict, having difficult conversations, and clearly sharing ideas isn’t as easy as expected. Hopefully, these tidbits of information below are helpful to you and your team! And if you have any additional thoughts on this topic, make sure to share them at the bottom of this page.

Get Tech Savvy

It may sound like a challenge, but it gets easy with a little bit of time. The bulk of this work comes through research–which anyone can do! A simple Google search will help you find a good video conferencing platform, a way to manage your new schedule, or a tool to easily converse with your team. It’s important to keep not only an easy tool in mind, but also how your team will adjust to it. Not all platforms and tools are user friendly, but you’re bound to find one that works for everyone. To help you get started with your search, read our blog about Navigating Business in Uncertain Times.

Keep it Simple

Just because you find a tool that says it’ll help you communicate better with your team doesn’t mean it will. When looking for tools, consider the time it takes to onboard everyone involved. Major shifts in your communication style could cause more harm than good. Instead, try to find your current holes in communication and fill them. Your overall goal is to create a clear communication path where shared ideas are easy to understand, find, and reiterate. 

Rely on Face-to-Face Communication

Although you cannot physically meet in person, do not limit your face-to-face interactions. The best way to stay in communication with your team is through video conferences. Check in with everyone, share ideas, and continue conversations as normal. This will help to prevent any frustrations, misinterpreted tones, and will benefit the overall comradery of your team!

We’ll all learn as we go during this time, but we can help make it easier! And remember: dream teams are important now more than ever. So get together with your coworkers and have fun navigating this change together!

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What COVID-19 has Taught me so far

Written by Samantha Proctor

It’s day 62,843 of quarantine, right?  I’d be lying if I said I haven’t worn the same outfit for 3 days in a row…oops.  Most days I can’t even remember if it’s Tuesday or Friday, or if I’ve eaten anything today. What I do know is that this pandemic is something that our generation, heck, even the generation before us, has never seen. I don’t know how to navigate this, and going to my parents for advice is useless. For me, this has been a period where I am in uncharted territory. We are having to figure this out alone. Luckily, we’re 3 weeks in and some very valuable life lessons have been learned! These made a huge impact on my family so far,  and I pray they help you as well! 

 

Family comes first

I am so lucky to work for a company that has always instilled this in their employees. I do have workaholic tendencies, but being a 39 week expectant mom has really made this sink in. At the end of the day, I have to do what’s best for my husband, my unborn son, and myself. The thought of going anywhere that I could bring germs into my house is a scary thought. I am learning each day that regardless of what is going on outside of my house, it isn’t near as important as what is happening and who is inside my house. 

 

Even if you feel alone, you’re not

This time of ‘quarantine’ or isolation, whatever you want to call it, is sad. Especially when your spouse is an ‘essential’ worker, and you find yourself spending all of your time at home alone. The feelings of loneliness tend to creep in during this time. I had to remind myself, and still have to, that this is temporary. Quarantine will not last forever. I am not alone, because hundreds of thousands of people all over Georgia are in the same boat. If they can do it, we can too. Just because you’re alone, doesn’t mean you have to be lonely. 

 

Control what you can

This kinda brings me back to the ‘family comes first’ point. I have learned that I can control what happens in my house, and for the most part, control what my family does. What I can’t control is how the media thrives on our fear and anxiety, and I can’t control how irresponsible other people are. What I can control is how much attention I give the media and I can control my decisions to stay as sanitary as possible. This situation that we’re stuck in has really forced me to let go of the reigns.

 

Let go and let God

A huge part of letting go of control is letting God have it. My faith has really been tested during this pandemic. Jeremiah 29:11 has been playing in my mind for the past 62,843 days (okay, I’m being dramatic, more like 20!): “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  God has us in His hands. He knows how this will all play out, and I have to put my trust in that–even when I don’t want to. Even when I am feeling alone, sad, and like the world is crashing down around me, God has my back (and yours!). 

Moral of the story is we are going to be okay. Our anxieties may be high, we may be seeing business repercussions of this global pandemic, we may be feeling alone and depressed, but write this down: “If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.” Read it, write it down, say it aloud. Make it your mantra for this time–and really for every day. We’ve got this, friends! There is a light at the end of the tunnel! 

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Coming Together at a Distance

It is no secret that Covid-19 is affecting everyone, in many different ways. Everything is slower if it hasn’t already come to a screeching halt. We are all a little stressed, worried, and anxious about what the next few weeks will hold–not to mention how this will play a part in our economy and lives for the years to come. We are all living through something right now that no one alive has ever witnessed before.

For the most part, this pandemic is out of our control. However there are a few things that are in our control that could help in doing our part.

  • – Help others, without contact. This one is as helpful for you as it is for someone else. When you get lost in thought and start to let the fear and uncertainty sink in…distract yourself. Instead of asking yourself a million questions that you don’t have the answer to, ask yourself, “how can I help someone else today?” We have seen this done in so many ways but for 
    • > Listen to the recommended protocols – the best way we can do our part is to stop the chain. We could prevent the spread to our family friends, and anyone else we come in contact with by simply not coming in contact. If everyone would take the initiative to practice social distancing and maintaining a sanitized environment, everything would slow down or come to the end much quicker.
    • > Helping others could be something as simple as dropping off a gallon of milk or pack of toilet paper on the front porch. Next time you place a grocery order, reach out to a neighbor or something that can’t leave the house and see if you can pick up an item or two for them.
    • >Helping others right now also goes farther than tangible goods. Social distancing has taken a toll on people emotionally. Simply reaching out to someone who has been isolated could change their whole day. Give them a call, FaceTime them so they can see your face and you can see theirs. Make plans for something you can do together when this is all over.
    • > My daughter’s preschool is “adopting the elderly.” I love this idea. They have a list of senior citizens in the community that will not have face to face interactions with others. So to do something small to brighten their day, and keep the little ones entertained for a short period of time, they have decided to have the students color pictures, write letters and do something simple to bring a smile to their face.

 

During these times, helping others looks different than it ever has. But there is nothing more encouraging than seeing a world in panic and finding the few that calm the storm with kindness. Always look to see the good, and work hard to be the good. How we respond, how we come together during a crisis, will define our outcome.

 

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Navigating Business in an Uncertain Time

As business leaders, we have the opportunity to influence not only people inside of our organizations, but also those around us every day. To do this, we have to understand how the role of leadership plays in this current climate as well as in our personal lives and habits.

Lead Our Companies & Community

We need calmness, not craziness. Don’t lean into the panic of the media; instead, work as a reliable and peaceful source for your team. 

  • – Good leaders act like leaders.
    • > Know your strengths and weaknesses
    • > Focus on making others successful
    • > Seek help from others
    • > Tell it like it is: as leaders, especially during this time, we need to be honest with ourselves and our teams.

Keep Clients in Mind

Clients need reassurance that you’re keeping them as a priority. To make sure you’re doing everything you can, here are a few questions to ask:

  • – What can I offer my clients that would help them generate revenue fast?
  • – What can I offer that would help them save money on marketing, sales, or operations? (think automation, online ordering, online forms, funnels, etc.)
  • – Is there something I can do for my clients that if sold as a stand-alone service, it would be valuable to others in the market? 

Another helpful and intentional way to let them know you’re thinking about their wellbeing is to send individual, personal, thoughtful emails to every client. Ask how they’re doing and if there’s anything you can do right now to support them.

Balance Work & Life

The best way to maintain balance is keeping a clear mind. We talk a lot about work/life balance, especially when working from home or a coworking space, but it is especially important right now. When there are no coworking spaces to turn to and you’re stuck at home, make sure to care for your routine.

  • Practice self care. Prepare for your day as normal. Get dressed and work from an area that is quiet and allows you to focus like you would at your normal workspace.
  • Create a routine, not a schedule. A schedule is a set of blocked times to do a certain task. If you weren’t doing this before, then it will most likely not be helpful right now. Instead of listing out your schedule of when you’re working, create a routine. Routines are habits that you create and set in motion. These will help your mind adjust and be more effective. 
  • Lean in to the positive and be intentional with the time we have with families. Although this season is unexpected and far from ideal, don’t let this time slip by. Enjoy the extra time with your family and focus on growing relationships and creating memories. This will always be a time to look back on cherish–even if it doesn’t feel like it right now. Here are some ideas to help keep the family entertained if you run out of activities!

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Helpful Widgets to Keep You Focused at Home

So the madness has officially set in. Personally, this means everyone rushes to the store to get the essentials: toilet paper, bread, milk, coffee, wine, and (if you are anything like me) ice cream. However, as an employee that is preparing work from home, your essentials may look a little different. Of course you need the same basics to stay alive and sane in your house but what tools do you need to remain successful working from home?

Well, after a little time at home, I have found a few resources to help save us, keep us sane, and manage our time wisely. When you are at work, you probably make a point to take a lunch break and step outside of the office for a moment to refresh yourself. Maybe you enjoy walks after you accomplish a daunting task on your list. But at home you may find it harder to keep track of time, mark off your to-do list, and make sure your meetings are on schedule and efficient, Hopefully theses little tools will help you manage your time wisely while also taking care of yourself:

  • Break Timer is a Chrome extension that reminds you to step away from your computer to give your eyes and brain a break. 
  • Toggl is another Chrome extension to help keep track of your time and what you are allocating it towards. This will help with time management and help you track where your time is going!
  • – Video calls are a great way to communicate with teammates and/or clients during this time. It keeps your meetings personal, productive, and efficient. A video platform we recommend is Google Meet. This platform is user friendly and easily compatible with all other google apps we love. 
  • – If you are anything like me, there is nothing more satisfying than making a task list and checking each item off. But sometimes, your physical checklist can’t follow you everywhere. Here are some virtual checklist and task management recommendations:
    • > Tasks is a google chrome add on that you can have pulled up next to your email and google calendar. This is also available as a mobile app to access anywhere.
    • > Trello is a great platform for managing tasks, adding checklists within the task, setting reminders, and collaborating with a team. 

 

Everything works differently for each person, but these are some great resources and surely one of them will prove useful to your everyday routine