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How to stay productive while working from home?

Apr 28, 2020 from 15:00 till 15:45
We had an excellent webinar on a very topical theme - how to be productive working from home with inspiring speakers: Kristīne Mennika, Citadele Bank; Renate Strazdina, Microsoft Baltics and Janis Paksis, Accenture Latvia who shared their habits and daily routines while working from home.

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This webinar explored how to stay productive while working outside the corporate environment and empower your team to connect and cooperate even while working separately. Our panel of business leaders and experts took questions and shared some useful tips about how to make distance work and get things done under these intense conditions.

Kristine Mennika, Head of Corporate Communications at Citadele Bank shared her top three tips on how to manage work from home with family:
1. Planning is "a king": have your own and family calendar with meetings, tasks, exams, music lessons, family activities etc.,
2. Smart use of personal resources: make a priority list to avoid micromanagement; stick to KPI's; the best time to learn to say "NO",
3. Think of yourself: ask for help to friends and doctors; take care of your physical and mental health; charge your batteries and find 1:1 for spouse/partner.

Renate Strazdina, Country Manager of Microsoft Baltics suggested to find a personal routine. She told that it is imporant to set up your workspace, communicate with colleagues, maintain healthy boundaries, embrace online meetings, bring your team together, be mindful and inclusive, make up for missing hallway talk and record your meetings.
Janis Paksis, Program, Projects Portfolio Lead at Accenture Latvia explained that an individual productivity is as important as each team's productivity and extra metrics should be introduced for KPI's. He emphasized that the team needs to cooperate even more than it was before this COVID-19 crisis to get the work done and customers happy. 


Kristīne Mennika, Head of Corporate Communications, Citadele Bank
Kristīne remote work has on agenda since 2010, when she started to work in Microsoft Latvia. In 2012 she was part of the Microsoft Baltic team that launched first “Work from anywhere day”.
Besides evangelizing work from anywhere, Kristīne is Head of Corporate Communications at Bank Citadele and Board member at the Association of PR Professionals in Latvia. She is always using an opportunity to share her remote working experience and practical tips of work/life balance. 
Renāte Strazdiņa, Country Manager, Microsoft Baltics 
Renate has more than 20 years of experience in IT industry and management consulting. Before joining Microsoft in 2016 Renāte was with EY for nine years and left as executive Director at Management Advisory Department, while serving as the Head of Public Sector in Latvia and the role of Head of Education Sector in the South-Eastern Europe. 
Renate holds a Doctorate in Engineering from the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology at the Riga Technical University and a Master's degree in Management from the University of Latvia. Renāte used to be a leading researcher at the Riga Technical University, and is a scientific advisor to the IT competence center.

Jānis Paksis, Program, Projects Portfolio Lead, Accenture Latvia
Jānis Paksis is Delivery Lead at Accenture, a leading global professional services company. Accenture Latvia delivers a broad range of global quality services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. For IT companies, having excellent delivery is essential to the customer relationship and success. 
Jānis has more than 15 years expierence in Finance Technologies and IT industries. Before Accenture, he was the Digital Banking Lead in Hansabank, lead Product and Technology Development in SEB. He was the General Manager in the Tele2 Shared Services Center, drove company growth and development in Latvia. He led a number of operational functions and departments, driving best practices and Innovations implementation.
Jānis holds a Master of Business Management in Industrial Engineering & Management degree from Riga Technical University, BALTECH Study Centre. He earned a Master degree in Management of Information Systems from the University of Latvia and has a degree in engineering (Information Technologies & Systems management) from Riga Technical University.

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