Tips and Resources for New “Remote Workers”

Library II

“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:

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”)