What is Remote work?
Remote work (also known as work from home [WFH] or telecommuting) is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from a remote location outside of corporate offices.
Remote work is on the rise.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a period of working from home is becoming increasingly inevitable for many companies.
While working from home can be highly appealing and come with many benefits, there are also potential drawbacks to consider when switching to a work-from-home position.
Like anything else, remote working also has cons and common challenges such as:
- Increased isolation
- Home office costs
- Risk of overworking
- Risk to productivity
- Distractions at home
- Workplace disconnect
- Disproportionate work-life balance
- Less face time
If you’re new to the work-from-home lifestyle, whether due to the coronavirus or because you’ve managed to find a remote-based job you may have found that you need to change your habits and routines to make working from home a success.
Everyone who works remotely has to figure out when to work, where to work, and how to create boundaries between work and personal life.
To help you make remote working work for you, check out these tips to help you find success when working remotely:
Keep a routine
Create and stick to a schedule.
The first thing that goes out the door when you start working remotely is a regular routine.
Without the structure of a traditional workplace, you’ll face the double-edged sword of setting your own schedule. You’ll have more freedom, but also more responsibility.
Decide what your regular work hours will be and inform your boss and colleagues of your schedule. And build a strong team relation when working remotely, can help in establishing a healthy work-life balance.
Creating a set schedule also makes it more likely that you won’t consistently work long hours, which will support your overall work-life balance.
Set up a right workspace
One major struggle that people face while working remotely, is to find the space to work.
A step in your “work from home” journey is to designate an area of your home, specifically for getting work done.
This could be an empty or spare bedroom that you convert to a home office. If you are pressed for space, you can set up a desk for your computer and office supplies.
Productivity flourishes in healthy environments where you can concentrate with minimal distractions and clutter. With this in mind, create successful remote working is to set up an organized and comfortable workspace.
Take scheduled breaks
Without the rhythm of an office around you, it’s easy to get in a groove and forget to take a lunch break or stretch your legs with a quick walk. Try setting an alarm to get up and stretch every hour.
However, rather than just opening YouTube and watching some comfort clips, use your breaks to get away from your desk.
Go for a walk, enjoy fresh air, or spend time with others who might also be in the house.
Breaking up the day and moving your body enables you to refresh and can increase your productivity when you return to your work.
You might be working from home but still have “company. It is easy to be forgotten as a remote worker since people may forget about you without frequent communication.
Communicating efficiently with your boss and team becomes more important.
Build connections and be available to your team.
Also, consider which communication tool best fits the team’s culture—e-mail, texts, phone calls, video chats, an intranet channel—and find that delicate balance between constantly pinging employees with texts and e-mail and radio silence.
Regular communication with your manager helps you to get frequent feedback on your work and leaves lesser opportunities for any major issue at work.
Protect your time
Time management is one of the most common issues in the way of productivity under normal circumstances.
Working from home automatically comes with its own additional time management challenges under regular circumstances.
So, “Track your time”.
To work your time into an effective schedule, you first need to understand how you actually use it. In the first instance, time tracking helps you understand how long different tasks take, so you can protect the right amount of time for different pieces of work across your week.
In the second, it helps highlight inefficiencies and distractions, so you can continually improve your processes.
It’s also essential for maintaining healthy work patterns – showing you how many hours you work each day, so you can offset any imbalances and protect yourself from burnout.
Use Task Lists
When working from home, your boss is not breathing down your neck, but at the same time, you have to keep her updated on all the tasks you perform in a day.
With no manager hovering over your shoulder asking for updates, you may find it easy to get distracted or spend too long on a particular task or project.
Create and use daily task lists, noting what you hope to accomplish and how long it should take.
Set goals and time limits for each task. After you complete each task, cross it off the list. This simple technique is both effective and fulfilling.
Set Your Boundaries
Set ground rules with your family members about who can enter your workspace and when.
This is important especially if you have children or pets who might intrude in your workspace and cause distraction.
The key here is to let your productivity suffer by minimizing distractions.
By putting these work-from-home tips into practice now to streamline your routine and increase your productivity.
Remote work is not and will not be for everyone, and not for 100% of industries. But in the growing number of industries that remote work is a viable way of doing business, there are some significant benefits for both employees and employers.