If you’re reading this you are probably thinking it must be pretty easy to be a remote worker. You don’t have to get dressed and commute to work. You don’t have to be confined by the office space you are given to meet your deliverables. You don’t even have to attend yet another face-to-face meeting with your coworkers where all you discuss is when you are going to meet next to actually do the work that needs to be done.
It’s true. As a remote worker you can do your work wherever your creative juices and productivity flow. You don’t have to go through the stress of commuting back and forth to your job. And, most importantly, you don’t have to waste your time with useless meetings. Remote work is not only good for your personal well being but it also keeps your clients happy and results in greater reward for the company. As a remote worker, you learn to be direct, communicative and much more productive in the work you do. What more could you want?
To be a successful remote worker there are a few caveats you should keep in mind:
Set yourself a routine to reach maximum productivity
Since you are not confined within the time frame and office space of a normal 9 to 5 job, it’s up to you to make sure you are staying motivated. Set up routine virtual meetings with your employees to be make sure you are all on the same page. Do you work better in the morning or in the afternoon? Work whenever you deliver the most. As a remote worker, it’s really easy to forget to eat right and exercise especially when the kitchen and/or couch can sometimes be 5 feet away from you. Make sure you are staying physically healthy to stay mentally healthy.
Avoid reading between the lines
It’s really easy to misinterpret information through email and chat. Don’t hesitate to repeat, ask questions, check-in and follow-up whenever and wherever possible to ensure the job is being done right. Make sure your company sets up a best practices policy for communication among employees. You should have several mediums to communicate with your coworkers/employees in case they turn out to be unreachable.
Adapt, adapt, adapt
Be ready to work anywhere – airports, coffee shops, transit. Be mentally prepared to work in noisy, populated environments and other times to work in quiet, secluded environments. Be flexible. Technology is changing fast, so always be ready to learn new applications or software that can help facilitate your work better.