With the increase in technological advancements making it easier than ever to communicate and share information virtually from any distance, more and more employers are offering the flexibility of remote working arrangements. While working from home might seem like a walk in the park, it is not without its fair share of challenges. Here are some tips on effectively working remotely!
Create a working environment.
We’re not saying to create your very own cubicle in your spare bedroom, but setting up a home office in a space designated for work will help keep you on task. It might be tempting to work from your bed in your pajamas all day, but getting dressed and going to an area specifically for getting work done will put you in the work mindset.
Make sure you have the right supplies.
Think you only need a laptop and a recliner to have an in-home office? Think again. Walk through your workday and think of all of the tasks you will need to do and what you need to complete them. Things you might have taken for granted in the office, like super high speed Internet, a fax machine or land line for conference calls, might need to be invested in for your home office.
Stay on schedule.
One of the main advantages of working from home is flexibility in your schedule. However, don’t veer TOO far from a set schedule. It’s fine to take your lunch an hour earlier or run a quick errand, but especially if you work on a collaborative team, it is important for your colleagues to know when they are going to be able to reach you. Above all, don’t let a flexible schedule interfere with your deadlines!
Maintain open lines of communication.
This is a two-way street between you and your boss/colleagues, but in order to effectively work remotely, you need to overcome the barrier of not being physically there to communicate. There’s no such thing as over communicating when you work remotely. Keep your team in the loop on your objectives and progress. Schedule conference calls with them to keep on the same page. Otherwise, they might not know what you are up to, and you might not be privy to important company updates.
If you are fortunate enough to obtain a remote working position, it is important to know the challenges, and work to overcome them!