Last Updated March 2022 by Crystallace
It seems like working remotely has become the norm for most people these days. With the pandemic striking in 2020, many employers were forced to find a way to keep their business running without having in-person staff. And for some companies, that change is here to stay.
This push to go remote opened a whole new door for employees and employers. Most staffers at local businesses are still working remotely because their employer realized the benefits of having remote workers.
- Benefits of Having Remote Workers
- Fewer Expenses
- Less Office Space Needed
- More Productive Employees
- Happier Employees
But for some people working remotely is still new to them. Perhaps they are just now graduating and entering the work force or maybe they are switching careers.
A few of my colleagues have their own law firms and they often vent to me about the challenges of staff working remotely. So I was inspired to write this blog post about what I believe to be the best practices for working remotely.
Below are my tips to help you crush this new work at home status so that your employer will keep you on the team, without forcing you to come back to the office.
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9 Best Practices for Working Remotely
1. Communicate Often
You need to have excellent communication skills when working remotely. Not only will you have to relay messages properly to your employer but you’ll need to listen attentively during your virtual meetings.
Learning how to effectively communicate as frequently as needed to ensure maximum productivity and high-quality work will help you crush this remote work position.
2. Be Mindful of Time Zone Differences
Some remote workers have to be mindful of time zone differences. If your employer or coworkers live in various time zones be mindful of when you reach out to them. You may opt to use email as a communication method or Skype so that you can leave messages for each other without waking the other person in the middle of the night.
3. Establish a Good Morning Routine
One of the best practices for working remotely and crushing this job is to establish a good morning routine.
Treat your work at home job much like a regular out-of-the-house job. Wake up at the same time each day, have your breakfast, shower, and get dressed. Prepare yourself for a productive day at work, even if that means you’re working from your living room or home office.
4. Invest in High-Quality Tools
You may need to invest in a high-quality microphone, computer, webcam, and other tools to help you with your remote work tasks. Ask your employer about supplies they may provide for your job, and create a list of items you’re expected to buy.
Do your due diligence researching each item to ensure you’re investing in high-quality tools so they’ll give clear video and/or voice with every virtual meeting.
5. Hold Yourself Accountable
One of the hardest parts about working remotely is holding yourself accountable. You’re not going to have coworkers or a boss over your shoulder watching your every move.
When you opt to be a remote worker, you’re the one who has to hold yourself accountable. Create a schedule, a task list, and do whatever you must to focus and remain on task during your remote work hours.
6. Use Daily Task Software like Asana
I like using task software like Asana or Monday.com is another one that remote workers enjoy. Using some sort of daily task software to keep yourself on task will do wonders with helping you hold yourself accountable.
Ask your employer and coworkers what they use to stay on task during their remote working hours, they may have some helpful suggestions.
7. Treat Remote Work like a Regular Office Job
Much like I said with the morning routine of showering and preparing for your remote work at home day, you need to treat this job like a regular office job.
Be sure to create a space where your mind is focused on work, and you have minimal distractions. Maintain a professional appearance and work mode throughout your remote working shift.
8. Set Boundaries with Family and Friends
Setting boundaries with family and friends is one of the most important best practices for working remotely. You’ll want to let your closest contacts know when you’re scheduled to work. This helps each person respect your remote work hours. Be clear and concise about your expectations from others during your work hours. Remind them that you can’t be interrupted and will not reply to texts or phone calls during your work hours.
9. Dress for In-Person Work
Lastly, be sure you dress for in-person work. Much like the good morning routine and treating your remote work like a regular office job, you need to get dressed to show up professionally.
Set your clothes out the night before so you have zero excuses as to why you didn’t get dressed for your work day. You must do whatever it takes to put your mind into “work mode” so that you can crush this remote work position every single day!
I hope the working remotely best practices featured here today helped
and will inspire employees and employers to see the results of having remote workers. Most people who work from home tend to be more productive, outgoing, and more apt to reach the deadlines assigned to them by employers.
Do you enjoy working remotely? Let me know in the comments.