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No soul-crushing commute. No managers or co-workers hanging over your shoulder. No one stealing your lunch from the office fridge. Remote work is wonderful. But it’s not without its challenges. It’s not all rainbows and unicorns and recent reports discovered that while employees are more productive when they work outside of the conventional office, they’re also more vulnerable to working longer hours, a more intense work pace, work-home interference, and, in some cases, greater stress.
Here are Challenges of working remotely and How to Prevail over them .
- 1. Dealing With Distractions : The reason those traits are so important is because working remotely is working in a significantly less-structured environment. Most remote workers have offices (or at least desks) in their homes, which means there are always chores, hobbies, and potentially kids or animals to draw their attention away. Staying motivated enough to be on-task can be a real challenge.
** Take breaks on purpose. Take special effort to walk your pets around your neighbourhood,interact with people around you and give yourself permission (after You’ve achieved a pre-determined task) to scratch those social media itches.
** Control your environment to minimize distractions. If you have a separate home office you could try a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the door or even leave the house altogether to find a coffee shop with fewer personal traps lying in wait.
** Explain why it’s important for you to avoid distractions–that they break your concentration and make your work ten times harder.
** For young kids, getting childcare is a must, unless you plan on working only when they’re asleep.
2 . Working Too Much : One of the reasons many managers don’t approve of remote work is they fear employees will slack off without that physical, in-person oversight. But, in fact, the opposite tends to be the reality–remote workers are more likely to overwork. When your personal life and your work are both under the same roof, it’s harder to “switch off.”
A lot of Companies are 100% remote company and several members of their team open up to having difficult time remembering to take breaks,stopping work at a reasonable time or even knowing when is a reasonable time to stop . A recent research conducted revealed that majority of remote workers often feel pulled to go back to their laptops after the day has ended to check up on just one email or finish some leftover task — which ends up spiraling into an unintended all night session .
** Set appointments on your calendar for the end of the day to get yourself out of your home office. Maybe it’s an “appointment” to go to the gym or go grocery shopping or just take a walk around the block. Maybe it’s an appointment to read the next chapter of the book you’re currently into.
** Be clear with your team on when you’re leaving–for example, by making a quick announcement in Slack–and then actually shut down your computer. (Do not have the of bad habit of saying “bye” and then sticking around for another hour.)
** Create physical boundaries between you and your workspace. The best thing is if you have a dedicated office space so you can shut the office door–or even lock it. even something as simple as putting your laptop out of sight when work has ended can help you avoid the temptation to log back on.
** Turn off notifications on your phone and computer so you’re not pulled back into work after hours.
- Being Isolated : Speaking of working in a home office, that typically means spending large swaths of time alone. The experience is like a slow, barely noticeable, boil toward forgetting social graces and spoken language skills. It’s too easy to not leave the house for days (or weeks) and then finding yourself having to readjust to public spaces without being too obvious that you nearly forgot how to wear pants. Being proactive about this kind of isolation is the best way to deal with it.
** Go to meetups for both personal and professional interests, attend networking conferences.
** Make plans with friends after work and outside the house.
** Spend time outside on weekends. Have occasional “work dates” with other remotely employed friends.
** Casually chat during the day with coworkers and friends. Ultimately it’s about getting out, stretching your legs, and staying in contact with the people in your life. Just because you work physically alone, doesn’t mean you have to be lonely.
4 Time Zone Differences : Related to being or feeling out of the loop: Those terrible time zones. You might be waking up just when your teammate is going to bed. That means you can’t always rely on your fellow team member to be available to answer a pressing question or solve any other immediate need.
Working remotely, if it is to be successful, usually requires some overlap with the hours your co workers are putting in…we’ve found that we need a good four hours of overlap to avoid collaboration delays and feel like a team. That’s not a problem if you’re in Los Angeles working with someone in New York, but it’s more of a challenge if, say, you’re in Chicago working with someone in Berlin. There was no easy way around it
- Keeping Up Good Communication : There is nothing more important in remote work than good communication. It’s so important and there are two main areas to consider.
A . Practical Communication : You have to tell coworkers and clients everything, because nothing is apparent. No one can peek over at your notes, see programs up on your screen, etc.
*** Being reachable by clients and coworkers keeps them happy, keeps your projects running more smoothly, and keeps expectations in a successful range.
*** Let your team know if you’ll have a major distraction/communication hole in the day, whether it’s air travel, construction in your house, etc.
*** While you’re away, set a reminder so you don’t forget to follow up with someone who beeped you.
*** Keep project tasks updated with appropriate statuses so even if you’re not around other team members can see what you’re working on.
B . Social Communication : Chatty, friendly conversations are just as important as official work emails are. You certainly work better, harder, and more creatively if You have a good repartee going on with your coworkers. But building that relationship remotely can be much harder.
*** Put conscious effort into talking to coworkers about non-work related things.
*** Aim to be mindful about tone. Text has none, so being explicit about emotions involved or hopping into a video chat can be super valuable to avoid conflict.
*** Be quick to hop on a video chat if trouble arises. Seeing and hearing a coworker is a near-instant way to humanize them and talking a problem out is less frustrating than trying to type long trains of thought.