“Working Remotely” (dialogue initiated March, 2020)
With all the current news stories about “how to work remotely” ( #workremotely ) we are applying our experience as “remote workers” to introduce this venue on working remotely – a form of work we view favorably. Let’s celebrate “working remotely!”
A remarkable increase of people are finding themselves #WorkingFromHome (i.e., “social distancing” for illness prevention). Therefore, news agencies are publishing “work remote” articles:
- Building a stronger foundation for remote workers (courtesy of Century Link)
- Working from home: must-have home office devices (PC Magazine)
- Coronavirus: How to work from home, the right way (BBC)
- Coronavirus could force teams to work remotely (with communication tips) (Harvard Business Review)
- Our favorite remote workspaces and why they are effective (Hubspot)
- Working from home productivity tips (Inc.)
- Remote working articles (LinkedIn)
- Making the leap from 9-to-5 to self-employed (Simply Business)
- Tips on staying sane and healthy while working from home (KIRO, Seattle)
- Eight security tips for working remotely (CI Security)
- How to look professional on camera when working from home (Depict data studio)
- Working from home with your partner (LinkedIn)
BENEFITS OF “WORK REMOTELY”
- No commuting
- Manage your own work environment
- Savor a change in routine
- Enjoy your own company!
OVERCOMING CHALLENGES OF WORKING REMOTELY
- Be clear about employer expectations for work goals. See Harvard Business Review’s relevant article.
- Create a routine. Have a set work area at home and have a schedule.
- “But I’m an extrovert.” See plans to overcome social isolation, below.
- Don’t experience social isolation:
- Work at times at coffee shops (when feasible). In some communities, there are coffee shops where “work remotely” individuals congregate – networking and socializing opportunities! Remote workers go to coffee shops with varying degrees of frequency – from daily to occasionally.
- Engage in your employer’s virtual meetings
- Participate in online meetings offered in your network (Zoom, etc.)
- Attend professional networking events (industry associations, etc.)
- Connect more actively with social networking platforms
- Use your telephone. Engage with personal social occasions to keep in touch with family and friends
- Get out to local parks and libraries (“my lunch hour”)