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Remote Togetherness. It’s Possible.

By Melanie Vodnick, director of corporate real estate and veteran remote worker, ScottsMiracle-Gro

Published 04-07-20

Submitted by Scotts Miracle-Gro

Regardless of what the dictionary says, working “remote” does not need to be distant, isolated or unrelated. In today’s hyper-connected world, we have more tools than ever to enable remoted togetherness––the ability for us to stay connected while working remote.

I’ve been working remote with ScottsMiracle-Gro for the past two and a half years. Prior to that, I worked remote for almost 15 years with my previous employer. In both cases, I started at the world headquarters and then moved and began working from home.

It’s been a journey for me, and I’ve learned a lot over the years. Here are my top six tips for working remote. I use the acronym R-E-M-O-T-E.

R = Routine 

Establish a routine and make a determined effort to stick to it.

  • Set a start and stop time.

  • If you need a shower to feel human, get it done before you start your work day.

  • Schedule lunch, time to workout, a dog walk, etc.

E = Equip 

Equip yourself with the tools needed to be productive and healthy.

  • Establish a designated work space. It can be makeshift or traditional but make it yours.

  • Pay attention to ergonomics. A comfortable work space keeps you feeling your best.

  • Invest in a wireless headset, full size monitor and keyboard, and a good chair.

M = Move 

Change positions often.

  • Shift from sitting to standing.

  • Take micro brakes and stretch your neck and shoulders.

  • Walk around while on calls.

O = Organize 

Make a plan for your day.

  • Schedule calls and meetings and block out time for work.

  • Use Google Tasks for follow-ups and action items.

  • Take time and schedule breaks for lunch, a workout, dog walk, etc.

T = Time 

Take time to connect.

  • Ease into meetings and calls with some non-work chat. It’s a good time to catch up with colleagues before you dive into work.

  • Be intentional about staying in touch with coworkers. Reach out to team members regularly to check in.

  • Use technology. The video feature on Google Hangouts or Zoom goes a long way in making you feel connected.

E = Expectations 

Expect the unexpected.

  • Your child will cry, your dog will bark. 

  • Technology will fail.

  • Stay calm, take a deep breath and remember we’re all in the same situation. We’re in this together!

Melanie has been working remote with ScottsMiracle-Gro for the past two and a half years, and prior to that, she worked remote for almost 15 years with a previous employer.

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With approximately $3.2 billion in sales, the Company is one of the world's largest marketers of branded consumer products for lawn and garden care. The Company's brands are among the most recognized in the industry. The Company's Scotts®, Miracle-Gro® and Ortho® brands are market-leading in their categories. The Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, The Hawthorne Gardening Company, is a leading provider of nutrients, lighting and other materials used in the indoor and hydroponic growing segment. For additional information, visit us at

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