5 Best Practices for Remote Workers
People looking to work from home can be overwhelmed with how to effectively translate their in-office jobs into remote work opportunities. There are some very specific best practices for remote workers that can be done to ensure they are giving their most to their company and themselves while transitioning into the remote workforce. Knowing that flexible employment can bring greater happiness, better work-life balance, and higher productivity, many employers are beginning to offer more flexible work options.
Here are five best practices for remote workers:
1. Find the right fit.
All flexible companies and positions are not created equal. When looking at jobs, it can be invaluable to research the company. Everyone wants to work somewhere that allows them to feel that their work is meaningful and fulfilling. The wrong company is not going to leave you feeling happy and productive, no matter where you are doing the work. The values of the company aligning with your own will give you a strong starting place to build a happy working relationship.
Along those lines, you need to find the role that suits you best. Think carefully about what you like to do, what you’re good at doing, and if you are looking for something that you are comfortable doing or something that challenges you. Each of these considerations are important to help you focus your job search and efforts. Job searching should not be akin to throwing a dart at a board and pursuing wherever it lands; long-term productivity and happiness are directly tied to finding the right job and company.
2. Make communication king.
Being a great communicator is important, regardless of the role that you choose. Knowing how to communicate and having transparency in what is expected of you and what you can expect will be imperative to success. Transparency in communication will allow you and your employer to discuss your workload, how satisfied you are, where you are personally and professionally, and allow for a comprehensive understanding of the work being completed.
Communication is also important for celebrating, creating, and maintaining goals and company culture. By communicating within your organization remotely, you stay a part of the team and will be more productive and satisfied with your work relationships with co-workers, customers, and managers.
3. Plan your work environment.
Remote workers have more flexibility in where their work is completed, but that can present different challenges than a stable, traditional work environment does. It is very important to consider if you will be working remotely or in an ever-changing mobile environment. Depending on the type of work that is expected, different spaces and physical requirements have to be considered. If you need to have a specific type of computer system or if you find yourself more productive in certain environments, it is important to consider where you will usually be working.
No matter what your work environment should be, you will also have to consider if your schedule and the structure of your job fit within the spaces you plan to work from. Choosing to have a dedicated office, standing desk, or an entirely movable work station will all be things to consider when working remotely.
4. Figure out your energy level and when are you most productive.
Having a flexible schedule or working from home can oftentimes allow a worker to choose their own schedule or when they are most productive. There are only so many hours in the day to be productive and energy is finite; and while energy is renewable, you have to recharge to reach the same levels of productivity. Time is not necessarily within our control, so really understanding how your work schedule will fit into your daily life is crucial. Though you may have time at the end of the day, you may not have enough energy to be productive.
Ensuring you have ample energy, attention, and focus to complete a task is going to be most important when you do not have someone watching your every move within the office environment. One of the great benefits of remote work is the ability to regulate your energy level and oftentimes schedule your work around your highest energy levels.
5. Know what your company needs.
Company culture is important regardless of where you are physically working. As a remote worker you are going to need support from the people that you work with and you need to have clear processes to complete the job efficiently. Working with a company that hires remote workers, the people you work with will have great tips and resources for working with them. Having a conversation with your direct supervisor, coworkers, and human resources department can ensure you are following company practices and producing quality work.
By following some simple best practices for remote workers, you can be fully prepared to be a successful and productive employee. Setting up goals and following through with expectations for you by your employer and your lifestyle can allow for a remote position to fit comfortably into your career path. With a little forethought and honest conversations, a great working relationship can be created with a remote company.
By Jess Vyvial-Larson | January 28, 2016 | Categories: Work Remotely