A Guide to Working Remotely
As working remotely becomes more of a necessity in these recent times, it is something people may not be used to. Some people can find it hard to focus, while others may burn out. With a few tips it is possible to develop a consistent routine and get the most out of working remotely.
Dress for work
Getting dressed for the work day will help keep you in that work mindset. Furthermore, it can create a clearer division between work time and home time. Some people take this further by going outside or driving for a bit at the end of the day to clearly mark the end of a work session but you can decide the best approach that works for you.
Have a designated workspace
One issue some people have is distractions- working in the living room, bedroom or kitchen may result in being diverted by other things. Having a clear space for work will make it easier to stay focused (and equally switch off when it’s break time).
Know when to take a break
Being organised is important. Have your to-do list, check to make sure you have all the right technology and everything is in working order (especially before a virtual conference/meeting).
However, it is equally important to schedule in breaks through the day. Ideally, you should go somewhere else, even if it is another room for a cup of coffee and to read the paper so you can properly switch off during this time.
Virtual conferences, chat platforms, messengers on social media platforms, there are many different ways in which you can keep in contact with people. Aside from being kept in the loop from a business point of view, this is also vital in terms of maintaining social contact, as this can often be something people miss out when working remotely.
Furthermore, these tools are there so you can contact people when you need them. Even though you are at home, a manager should still be available if you have a query and you should be able to discuss issues with other team members if necessary.
Keep it simple
Sometimes the non-verbal cues and nuances we have in face to face contact can be lost through remote forms of communication. Make sure you keep statements simple. If you are not sure, don’t be afraid to ask if people understand what you are saying and offer further information if necessary.
This equally applies to forms such as emails or instant messaging- don’t assume everyone knows what you mean and don’t be afraid to recap at the end to clarify any potential misunderstandings.
We can help
At Digi Toolbox, we believe in giving people the tools they need to help them get the most from their technology. Now more than ever this is becoming more important and everything needs to be working at its best.
If you would like to know more about the resources we can offer you and your team please contact us today and we will be happy to discuss your needs in more detail.