How do you react when you hear the phrase “Working Remotely”? Do your palms get sweaty? Does the hair stand up on the back of your neck? Do you get a pit in your stomach? Or, do you think, Yahoo!, I’ve got freedom from indentured servant hood?
Each reaction is real and valid.
Consider these approaches to successful, fulfilling and engaging remote work.
1. Find the job that fits. If you don’t enjoy the work, you’ll burn out and be discouraged. If, however, you love the work, you will be more engaged, happier and productive.
- What do you love to do?
- What you excel at?
- Does the work contribute value to the organization?
Be sure to do your due diligence about the work before accepting remote work.
2. Identify obstacles so that you can remove or overcome them. Get organized in your work space to increase productivity. Integrate systems into your work process.
3. Communicate, communicate, communicate. Do not be concerned about bothering someone. It takes extra effort to stay connected with your team.
4. Have fun! It is easier to kid around with people when you see them every day. Get in your flow, that time when you are so engaged that you forget the time.
5. Focus on your energy – not time. Take regular time away from the computer. Step outside. Take deep breaths! Meditate for 15 minutes. Create a schedule and stick to it.
6. Stick it out. Push through the challenges and celebrate your success. Engage your grit.
7. Share your accomplishments with your team. A remote worker cannot expect that the team will know what you are doing. Don’t be shy!
Working remotely has special challenges and rewards. Some people love it – others hate it.
Would you like to meet with other remote workers in the Triangle monthly, to share experiences with others? If you are interested, please complete this contact form and I’ll be in touch! Just put Remote Work in the “How I can Help You” box.
Don’t miss my blog next month as we discuss leadership skills for managing remote workers.