Working from home: What you need to know and how State Library can help

As we enter a new era of working from home, telecommuting and social distancing we will all require a new skill set to face the challenges that lie ahead. Working from home might have sounded like an ideal option but the realities are very different. Working from home requires a great deal of motivation and enhanced digital skills. It is also very isolating. You’ll find you’re no longer attending face to face meetings but using Zoom instead or you’ll be communicating with your team via Slack channels rather than email.

If, like me, just the mention of Zoom and Slack has you perplexed, never fear. State Library can help! Queensland residents have free access to the eresource, with their State Library membership. On you will find an array of courses to help you upskill for the world of work from home. I started my first week of working remotely yesterday. Here are five courses I think are essential for learning to work from home:


  1. Working Remotely – 1 hr: this course teaches you the basics of what you need to know to work effectively from home
  2. Leading at a Distance – 36 min: find out how to lead teams remotely and how to motivate your team from a distance
  3. Learning Zoom – 45 mins: learn how to use Zoom for video conferencing and to meet with the people you need to see
  4. Learning Slack – 2 hr 35 min: learn about how to use Slack for business communications. If you hate email, this one is for you!
  5. Self-care and support (from Leading with Emotional Intelligence) – 3 min: tips on self-care for leaders and employees alike


These courses will help you build the digital and personal skills you need to survive the challenges we’re facing right now. Self-isolation and working from home provide new opportunities to upskill and this is something can help you with. There’s no better time to learn a new skill or perspective. Learn how to host online meetings or how to lead teams remotely. I’ve also included a small unit on self-care because taking care of yourself is vital in these times of anxiety and worry.

So these are some recommendations for courses you might like to do on to help you make the transition to working remotely. But there are over 8000 courses to choose from. Remember you can call State Library of Queensland’s Ask Us service from 9am-5pm on (07) 3840 7810 for help. You can also submit an Ask Us enquiry. State Library is here for you and we can help you be the best remote worker you can be.

Anne Reddacliff

Librarian, Information Services


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Great article and the information was very relevant.