How to Make Working Remotely Work For You
The Staples Workplace Employee Survey found that more than 1 in 3 employers (35 percent) let their employees work remotely, and of those companies, 48 percent allow it more than once a week.
Telecommuting is a great perk, but you have to make sure you’re staying on task and not getting distracted by kids, loved ones or your movie collection. Below are three tips for making working at home work for you.
Communicate Throughout the Day
According to Forbes, teams best develop trust with their managers if they’re communicating well and often. This applies doubly when working remotely.
Many workplaces have multiple modes of communication: email, phone, chat, web and video conferencing, and they all have their place and purpose. It’s important to use each one wisely to make sure the message you’re sending is fully understood.
- Email: Use email for sharing tactical information such as project updates and raw data that you might need to refer to again.
- Phone: The phone is excellent for brainstorming or solving more complex problems.
- Chat: Whether through Skype, Slack or something similar, if you need to check with a colleague or manager quickly about something, a chat program is a great tool.
- Video conferencing: For boosting positive interactions among colleagues when an in-person meeting isn’t an option, video conferencing is a beneficial solution.
- Screen sharing: This is useful when multiple people need to look at the same document or spreadsheet or you’re demonstrating a new feature.
Strive to Be Proactive
Working at home means you can’t count on running into someone in the break room or the hallway to talk about something. When in doubt or when you need to ask for clarification about something you’re working on, don’t hesitate to reach out to your manager or another colleague.
Put Together a Regular Routine – and Stick to It
Since you’re not in a hurry to catch the subway or beat the traffic, a regular routine can be one of the first things to go out the window when you’re out of office, and this can quickly add up to a lack of productivity and inefficiency.
Randstad recommends a number of ways to combat this, including a consistent start time, exercise and self-care and staying off e-mail before the workday starts. Designate break, meal and start and stop times to help you maintain your workflow.