Working from home seems like a great solution at the beginning. You save time and money on commuting, you set the working hours yourself, you can take a break at any time, you can use the application for your favorite group, in pajamas… there are many pros. However after some time, you will probably face some cons:
However after some time, you will probably face some cons:
Stay connected with the team
It often happens that remote work puts a shadow on the quality of cooperation and a sense of belonging to a company – this is one of the main disadvantages of this type of employment. Fortunately, this can be prevented. If you want to feel connected to your team, you just have to make some effort. Here’s what you should do:
First, work at the same hours
One of the charms of remote work is flexible working hours. On the other hand, if you work at other times than the rest of your team, you stop staying on the ball and risk loneliness. Therefore, it is worth planning your work to find time to talk to colleagues in real time and share ideas and opinions “live” – by phone or online messengers.
When you lose sight of your colleagues’ and your boss’s overcrowded email boxes who is running around like crazy, the responsibilities of others can easily escape your attention. So try to find out what others are currently working on – see if you can help them or get involved in tasks that you usually don’t do. On the other hand, make sure that others know what you are currently doing. You can’t see or hear you either.
Third, while working from home set deadlines that you can meet
As a virtual employee, you don’t have access to all office amenities. If your computer breaks down, you probably can’t count on the immediate arrival of someone from the IT department. In addition, you must take into account various factors that distract you from work and make it difficult to concentrate (like a neighbor practicing drums, a ringing telephone or a boiling soup). Therefore, when setting deadlines for tasks, be realistic and take into account your actual capabilities – you will avoid nervous rush and make your colleagues rely on you.
Fourth, while working from home find someone who will help you
When you work in an office, you remember your responsibility every time you sit behind a desk. Your colleagues and superiors see that you have physically appeared at work and are doing your job. However, working remotely, you do not feel the eyes of team members, which helps you stick to the guidelines. Therefore, ask someone to control you – sometimes just a short e-mail or phone asking you how you are doing is to motivate you to act.
Of course, these are not all tips and advice on how to work effectively from home. You can read the rest in the second part of this article.