In our guide to remote working, we are going to look at tips for both employees and employers alike.
For the people interested in a bit more visual guide, we’ve created a beautiful infographic that has all the tips that we will discuss here in detail + some interesting facts and statistics about remote working.
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And now for the detailed guide to remote working
First, lets bust the myths!
Myth Number 1: Remote means Freedom
Unfortunately for most employers, the above image is what people associate remote work with. While it’s partly true, that remote working means freedom and potentially working from the beach. It’s still “working”. Don’t look at it as a vacation, because if you do, you won’t get either.
Myth Number 2: Remote Work is Easy
Remote work isn’t easy! Sorry for being honest.
Now that we all agree that Working Remotely doesn’t equal a vacation, we need to understand that while it is very enticing it also has its difficulties.
Before you venture out on your remote working adventure, check out our tips to help make this great opportunity even better!
9 Tips about Remote Working for Employees.
1. Create a workspace, environment.
Unfortunately, the couch and the kitchen table don’t count as a workspace.
Having a designated workspace and proper working environment is crucial if you want your remote working efforts to be successful! Failing to create a suitable atmosphere will lead to low productivity, a drop in motivation, and other performance issues.
As we already discussed, working remotely is still working, so make sure you are 100% focused, comfortable, and ready to give your best!
2. Make a Routine
Whether you work remotely or not, having a daily routine is a crucial part of everyone’s life.
A routine will make you more organized and better prepared. Without one, you might feel lost and find yourself regularly backtracking. It should not be something complex, in fact, the easier and shorter, the better.
Just remember, the most important part of a routine is sticking with it, no matter what!
3. Wake Up Early
Just because you won’t experience the sheer pleasure of your regular daily commute, doesn’t mean you can wake up 15 minutes before the beginning of your shift.
Give yourself enough time to awake, refresh, have your breakfast and coffee, and be fully ready for the beginning of your working day.
You can exchange the time you usually spend travelling in and out of work for exercise. Be that at home or outside, regular exercise will increase your productivity, motivation, and overall happiness.
4. Take Breaks
As we already mentioned, working remotely isn’t easy.
Make sure you don’t overwork yourself and take the needed breaks. You are not useful to anyone when you are tired and stagnant. Neither to yourself or your employer.
Take the necessary time to recharge, grab a bite, and get yourself ready to 100%. One of the dangers of working from home is that work is never actually over. Being home you have the chance to work around the clock and its hard to ignore “that last thing” you need to take care of.
You need to remember, a well-rested and energized version of yourself can tackle much more workflow than a tired and bored version of yourself.
Working 24/7 isn’t healthy, your mind and body need time to regenerate if you don’t provide them with this time, you will never work at your full capacity. When your shift ends at 5 PM, so should you. Don’t worry, your tasks and responsibilities will still be there in the morning.
Work smart, not hard!
5. Stay Hydrated
There is no need to explain the importance of staying hydrated. However, it’s important to notice that drinking soda or other sugary liquid, doesn’t count! The only way to stay hydrated is by drinking water.
Make sure you have a glass of clean water near your workstation, and you don’t forget it exists. On average you should be drinking between ten and twelve cups a day, regardless of your sex or age. The benefits of drinking water are countless, but to give you a better idea, here are some examples:
Water prevents dry mouth.
Having a dry mouth can lead to bad breath, sticky lips, and overall poor oral hygiene. Drinking water regularly helps prevent all those symptoms and you will have a much better feel in your mouth and fresher breath. It also helps prevent bacteria reproduction.
Water improves cardiovascular health.
Dehydration can lead to low blood pressure. This can cause symptoms like fatigue, low motivation, dizziness, headache, and other unpleasant symptoms.
Water is the best antioxidant.
Your kidneys need water to filter waste from the blood and excrete it in the urine. Keeping hydrated may also help prevent urinary tract infections and kidney stones. If you are severely dehydrated, your kidneys may stop working, causing toxins to build up in your body.
In conclusion, water is vital for your body’s functionality. It should be part of your day regardless of what you work, or even if you are working at all.
6. Stay Connected
Staying connected is vital for your performance.
Make sure you are always available and ready to respond to all of your employers’ inquiries and requests. Also, if you are not connected and regularly in contact with your supervisor, colleagues, or clients your remote job will start feeling very lonely. That’s not even the worst part.
If your manager is unable to reach you after two or more attempts, guess how well this will affect your job security? It’s better not to find out.
Working at home doesn’t mean working alone. Stay in touch with your colleagues, and always let your boss know what you are working on. He or she needs to be aware of whether you are experiencing any difficulties or issues.
However, be mindful not to overdo it. The last thing you want is to be an annoying colleague who is constantly looking for approval and attention.
Connectivity is the motto of the 21st century. Without it, we are simply living in another world. The instant access to information and people is what has made our society what it is today. Make sure you are always connected and part of each conversation however, make sure you remain subtle and professional.
7. Work and Kids
Working from home can be difficult on its own. Combine that with being a parent and having to take care of your kids all while working, can make things very challenging.
Challenging yes but on impossible.
People manage to work with kids at home all the time unexpectedly. You’ll have to search to find your approach and a plan that works, but after some adjustments and failed attempts, you will find it! You’ll also want to mention your situation to coworkers and supervisors so that they’re not upset if you’re pre-occupied at times throughout the day.
Think of different activities and games to keep your kids busy. The more challenging and engaging they are, the longer they will be occupied.
8. Don’t take your work on vacation
We have to admit, working on the beach sounds tempting, and it’s probably on everyone’s bucket list when it comes to Instagram posts. However, taking your work with you on vacation spells trouble and trouble only.
You won’t be able to do either, neither relax and recharge nor do any meaningful work. Yes, you might respond to an email or answer a co-worker’s query, but that’s about it. When you go on your holiday, erase all work-related stuff from your mind, and enjoy that all-important time for yourself and your family.
Vacation and work don’t mix.
9. Be Flexible
“Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless, like water. Be water, my friend.”
– Bruce Lee.
One of the most famous quotes in the world, from a person way ahead of his time. In our modern and ever-changing world, being flexible is a key element of our success.
Like every other aspect of our lives right now, working remote demands flexibility. You will face all kinds of issues and challenges. What you need to do in these cases, is keep a cool head, analyze the situation, and find a solution. Take advantage of all the information you have available, and don’t be ashamed to ask for advice from friends, co-workers, and managers.
5 Tips about Remote Working for Employers
1. Stay Connected
As an employer, you need to stay connected with your employees 100% of the time. You need to be aware of both their issues and heartaches and also their results and prosperity.
Staying connected and having constant contact with your employees is not only helpful for you as a business and organization, but even more so for them. It will help them focus, be more productive, and stay motivated.
2. Set Proper Goals and Expectations
Your responsibility as an employer is to share what is expected from your employees. If you don’t they will feel lost and puzzled, especially if they are new to working remotely. However, keep in mind that nobody likes a pushy boss.
Set realistic targets and goals otherwise, you risk losing employee motivation and satisfaction. You still need to have demands towards your workers just make sure they are reasonable.
It’s much better to overachieve on a lower target, rather than underachieve on a higher one.
3. Monitor without looking like a prison guard
Monitoring. The dreaded word every employee fears.
Keeping a close eye on your team is a significant part of your business. However, there is a very thin line between monitoring professionally and looking like a prison guard. Make sure you avoid the latter.
Counting your employees, restroom breaks, or cigarettes is a bit too far. The last thing you want is for them to feel like they are under constant surveillance, even if they really are.
Trust is an essential part of any business. If you don’t trust your employees, consider changing them, rather than counting their clocked out minutes.
4. Gather Feedback
As an employer, you probably are thinking that you know best. In most cases, you are right however, this doesn’t mean that you should not ask or listen to your employees’ feedback.
There is no shame in asking for feedback. It’s quite the opposite. Asking for feedback is a show of confidence and good intentions. Both of which are crucial for your employee satisfaction. Plus, you never know, you might get a great idea from someone, that will help make your business even better.
When you ask your staff for help and guidance, it shows that you care for them. Once they get this feeling, their productivity, motivation, and overall desire to work and achieve more, skyrockets. Apriciatation leads to happiness, happiness leads to productivity, and productivity leads to higher results.
Care for your workers and staff, and they will return the favour by caring for your business.
5. Keep Your Employees Engaged
Keeping your employees engaged when they work remotely is crucial. If you let them hang on their own, the chances of them losing motivation and direction increase.
The more engaged they are during working hours, the more productive and happy they will be. You need to come up with different games, incentives, and all kinds of activities, to help them distract from their regular daily workflow in a controlled way. If you don’t, they will do it themselves, and you will lose your control over the situation.
You need to remember that they are working remotely and they don’t have the usual interaction with other people, to help keep them entertained motivated, and engaged on their own.
Involve them in some interactive activities, like discussions, competitions, and even video games. If you have a team mostly comprised of young male staff, an in-house competition on Fifa, CoD, or any other popular game, can do wonders for their satisfaction.
Always remember, a happy employee is a productive employee! The best part about all those things is that not only the agents but also management will be enjoying the process!
Most Important Tip
Whether you are an employer or employee, the most important rule of remote working is: Enjoyment