The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed the way people work. Whereas many companies previously required employees to work in a traditional office space, these businesses now allow staff to complete tasks remotely.
Transitioning from working in an office to working remotely is rarely simple. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to succeed as a remote worker, such as:
1. Develop a Daily Routine
Create a work routine that allows you to get work done without disrupting your team. In some cases, it may be helpful to stick to the routine you used when you worked in an office. Or, in other instances, you may benefit from developing and implementing a new work routine.
It may take a few days or weeks to find a remote work routine that works for you. Experiment with different routines, and you are sure to find one that allows you to optimize your efficiency.
2. Evaluate Your Work Preferences
Meet with your superiors and peers to determine how your team will get work done remotely. Discuss video conferencing software and other tools you can use to foster remote collaboration. Also, consider how frequently you want to meet with team members, what times during the day your team is working, and other factors that can impact everyday workflows.
Maintain flexibility as you evaluate your work preferences. Remember, the goal of a remote workforce is to empower each team member to provide meaningful contributions. By communicating with your team, you can ensure team members can quickly and easily collaborate with one another to drive your company’s success.
3. Eliminate Distractions
Set up a workspace where you won’t have to worry about distractions. Furthermore, keep in mind that your workspace should help you stay focused on the task at hand, along with engaging with employees and clients without interference.
Get the right equipment for your workspace, too. Ensure a high-speed internet connection is in place and available during your workday. You should also install any required security software to safeguard your remote devices.
4. Stay Connected
Make it simple for your team to connect with you via email, phone, and other communication methods. That way, team members can get in touch with you to address any potential issues before they get out of hand.
Update your availability status throughout the workday as well. If you are attending a meeting or need to step away from your desk for a few hours, provide your team with a status update.
5. Establish Boundaries
Resist the urge to work all hours of the day and night. Instead, work the same number of hours you would as if you were working in an office.
Finally, if possible, shut off your computer and other remote devices at the end of the workday. This ensures you can relax and enjoy your time at home after work.
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