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Working remotely is becoming more and more common. In fact, remote workers now make up 25% of the workforce. Although this may seem like cutting-edge millennial pandering, remote work actually has many benefits for both employees and employers. Working from home or another remote location can be a stress reliever, allow you to save money on commute costs and gas, let you balance work with other responsibilities like parenting or attending school, and free up time that can be used for focused working sessions in a quiet place. Working from home may also reduce the risk of you contracting a virus from your coworkers or getting caught in awkward small talk at the water cooler. In this blog post, we’ll go over some general tips for how to make remote work work for you and explain why it’s such a great opportunity for so many people today!
Decide what’s most important to you
If you’re thinking about going remote, it’s important to figure out what is most important to you about your job. Is it the pay? The prestige of the company you work for? The people you work with? The growth opportunities at your company? Is it the kind of work you do? This will help you decide whether going remote and working remotely is right for you. If pay is your primary concern, then you may want to reconsider working remotely.
Particularly if you’re working remotely, you’re going to need to be more strict with yourself and set boundaries as to how much time you spend working. If you’re working in an office, you’ll have coworkers and managers who can be held responsible if you’re spending too much time at work. This is not the case for remote workers. You’ll have to be especially diligent about setting a schedule, keeping track of your time, and making sure you’re not spending too much time working. This way, you’ll make sure that you’re not sacrificing too much of your personal life for the sake of your career.
Use video conferencing and collaboration tools
If you’re worried about being too isolated or missing out on office camaraderie, there are many tools you can use to ease your transition to remote work. For example, with tools like Slack and Zoom, you can stay connected to your coworkers and participate in work-related discussions and activities even while working remotely. Many collaboration and communication tools also feature video functionality, allowing you to keep in touch with coworkers and clients even if you’re not in the office. Video conferencing also makes it possible to stay connected with people in your network. You can schedule video calls with mentors and colleagues to stay on top of your skills and knowledge, or use them to stay in touch with clients and build your network even while working remotely.
Track your productivity
Because you’ll be working from home, you may have a tendency to procrastinate and not be as productive as you’d like to be. To combat this, you’ll want to make sure you track your productivity. One way to do this is to create a schedule for the different projects or tasks you want to get done each day. This schedule can help you stay focused and on track with your work. You can also use productivity apps and tools like Rescue Time to track how much time you spend on different tasks, websites, and apps.
Being a remote worker has many advantages: You can work from anywhere in the world, setting your own hours and avoiding long commutes; You can avoid obnoxious office politics by not being in the office every day; You can make more money since you’re not limited to jobs near where you live. Working remotely can be a great opportunity for many people. However, it’s important to be mindful about how you approach the transition to remote work in order to make sure you get the most out of the experience.