Employee Development During Self-Isolation

It’s been quite some time since the global pandemic forced millions of people to work from home. While we never expected things to last this long, the challenges facing people who work from home have become increasingly apparent.

Not everyone can perform at their best on their own, for a start. Many people are still working out how to get everything done while being distracted by everything in their home. Some people are having trouble grasping new technologies such as videoconferencing. Even so, we know there is a light at the end of the tunnel – and wouldn’t it be better to come out of this as a better person?

Likely, we’ll never get another chance like this – where we have more time than we know what to do with. Will you continue drifting through the days, or will you take steps to better yourself and your career? Here are some tips for personal and employee development at home.

Find the Time

Personal development is an active choice. People have to make a conscious decision to better themselves. They say that you find time for the things that matter, and that is true of personal development. There are lots of ways to find extra time for growth, including;

• Create a Schedule
Creating a routine can help bring back a sense of normalcy. Set aside just 10 minutes per day for learning, and you’ll see the difference it makes after a few weeks.

• Recycle Your Commute
Suddenly found yourself with a lot of extra time now you aren’t commuting? Why not use the time for learning and stick to your original work schedule at home?

• Make the Most of It
People always had a few minutes here and there between activities at the office. If you can’t fill that time with some banter, those breaks can become disorienting. Learning is a great way to leverage even a couple of minutes and stay focused.

• Leverage the Lulls
Everyone has lulls where they get distracted and can’t pool the energy to be productive. Doing a quick bit of learning will prevent you from making unnecessary trips to the kitchen.

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Find the Resources

Once you have an idea of what you want to learn, it’s time to find the resources to do it. Here’s how to take a do-it-yourself approach to finding – and using – learning resources.

• Curate Playlists
The next time you have a low-energy period, find some articles, podcasts, and webinars on your chosen subject. Keep them on the desktop or home screen for easy access when the urge for a distraction hits.

• Get Feedback
Learning from others is one of the most effective ways to learn something about yourself. Ask other people for feedback on what you are doing and how you are doing it to refine your personal development practices.

• Talk to an Expert
Connect to other people who are good at what you want to learn. Schedule quick calls and get some tips and strategies from them. Talking to other people is a useful learning tool and will help battle the loneliness of being isolated.

• Create New Responsibilities
People learn best when putting themselves through different experiences. There are lots of assignments, challenges, and projects that need to be done right now. Give yourself a new responsibility and challenge yourself.


This is the ideal chance to step back and reprioritize your personal and professional development. Dedicate yourself to growing and new experiences and return to the world as a better version of yourself.

Freelance graphic designer; I've been working from home since I left University 12 years ago.

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