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14 Important Tips for Remote Workers

During the coronavirus crisis, several companies have requested workers to operate from home. This could be difficult when you haven't worked out of the office before. Its important to maintain your success and morale. Here are 14 important tips for remote workers.

 

Your Well-Being

Don't worry too much. Working at home is a major change. You may feel alone, depressed, irritated, nervous, or uninspired. Or you could feel comfortable, calm, invigorated, or efficient, depending on your mood. All is natural and fine. It takes time to adjust to every change, so take it slowly at first.

Take a break at regular intervals. Set a reminder for each hour or so to get up and get moving. (Standing tables are also beneficial to your general wellbeing.) Talk on the phone with a friend as you take a walk in or outside of your house. Lunch can be eaten in a different place, away from the inbox, for half an hour. Splitting up your day and exercising allows you to refuel your energy and can help you be more productive as you start working again. If the weather allows, I enjoy conducting phone calls while walking outdoors.

Take care of your time. Numerous employers are concerned that their remote employees working from home are merely doing chores and binge-watching a popular tv series. Individuals, from our personal experiences, prefer to work from home as it is more difficult to “leave” work. Create an “in-office” schedule and share them with coworkers and your family.

Keep an eye on your job area. Discuss the schedule you'll be working at home with your family or housemates, as well as the standards for such hours. Presume that something that has the potential to disrupt you can do so, such as a package arrival during a crucial negotiating call or a dog barking in the middle of a customer video chat. Stop all types of events by being as diligent as possible. (We've all heard of the BBC interview that was cut short by a baby.) Even a  “Do Not Disturb!” sign on your door would work.

Keep ergonomics in mind. Get the most supportive chair with back support you can find. Try purchasing a hands-free headset as well. At least, for lengthy video conferences, plug in your earphones. Placing a landline phone between your chin & shoulder while seated in a stool is not a pleasant scenario.

 

Communicating

Excessively interact. This is standard communication advice in general, particularly in intergenerational teams, but it's much more critical when working out of the office. If you're not sure if your coworker would like to hear something, then share it

Understand the company's rules on remote work. Your company's HR department most likely has a manual or set of instructions for how to proceed during a crisis, including rules, protocols, and standards for working remotely. If you haven't read it, this would be a good time to do so.

Keep track of the project’s progress. Remote employees must be particularly cautious about notifying coworkers of progress on lengthier objectives. You may, for example, send out a regular email that has a list of tasks that have progressed that day.

Continue to communicate in a more casual manner. If you usually check up with coworkers in person before a major gathering, do so before going into a company phone conference where everybody is on the other end of the phone. If you usually talk with your administrative assistant first thing in the morning, do so via instant message. You could verify reception of messages and check in with others when you start and finish your day, even though you aren't at the office. To keep trusting relationships and a feel for normalcy, try to stick to certain routines and practices.

Solve problems with a simple phone call. Miscommunications are common in email, fax, instant messaging, Slack, and other written messaging types. Just call to fix the situation as soon as possible.

Send emails, phone calls, and voicemails as soon as possible. When operating remotely, remember that people are more mindful of time. If it's reasonable or not, a coworker may think a four-hour answer time to an email is excessive when they're imagining you sitting at home all day. Have a straightforward dialog around goals and deadlines whether a partner is being overly clingy whenever it comes to responses.

 

Morale

Stay in sync with the business's culture. Make an effort to keep things in line with the current business culture. Even if remote working alters relationships when you're not in the same room, you could still keep up with the little stuff you used to do in the workplace. Sending funny GIFs over messages; joking about sports, your friends, or something else you'd usually talk about in the break room; and volunteering together via an online charitable initiative rather than an in-person experience are all examples of this. These small gestures can help alleviate feelings of loneliness and distress.

Even if it makes you feel awkward, use recording. Using video technologies to communicate (such as Zoom or Skype) with the team and coworkers in a more deliberate, human way and avoid being alone. I understand that video calls are inconvenient for some people, but the value of seeing faces of people can outweigh the minor inconvenience. Teleconferencing allows you to quickly establish relationships and have constructive conversations. Human contact, especially if you're new to telecommuting, can make a big difference in your performance as well as your mental state. As a side tip, when interacting over a video call, look up at the computer lens rather than at the screen so that the eyes are visible to the audience.

Inquire about your remote scenario. Finally, particularly if you're new to remote work, get daily updates from your coworkers about how things are going. Track what is simpler and more challenging when operating remotely because this information will be useful now and later on down the road if/when you return to remote work. It's important to always be communicating.

 

Returning to well-being, make the required changes and be gentle with yourself if you're grappling with remote employment. Any transition takes time to adjust to, and everybody's job environment and teams are unique.

 

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