9 Best Practices for Working Remotely
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Working remotely can be a dream come true. You get to control your own time and work from the comfort of your own home.
However, working remotely can come with a number of challenges. You might feel isolated and disconnected from your workplace. And you might end up letting your work life and home life blend together. Here are some tips on how to make working remotely work for you.
1. Establish regular work hours.
You should establish regular work hours to ensure that you’re putting in full-time hours, but also making time for your personal life. For instance, you might plan to work between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day. That is a full 8 hours. Establishing regular work hours can ensure that you’re staying on track and not getting too distracted by other things during the day. It can also ensure that when you’re done with work, you’re really done.
2. Take breaks throughout the day.
You don’t want to sit at your computer for eight hours straight. You should also take breaks to go for a walk, prepare lunch, check the news, and more. Taking breaks will bring variety to your day and help you feel refreshed when you get back to work.
3. Get to know your coworkers.
Don’t limit your conversations with coworkers to being about work. One thing you miss out on by not working in an office is the casual conversations you have with coworkers, so you should try to recreate some of that conversation by asking your coworkers how their day is and getting to know them. When you have a meeting with your coworkers, start by asking how they’re doing.
4. Have impromptu meetings with your coworkers.
If you need to clarify something with a coworker, feel free to suggest having an impromptu meeting with them to speak with them. This will help recreate the kinds of conversations that you would have in an office.
5. Keep track of how you’re spending your time.
It can be easy to let time get away from you when you work from home. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep track of how you’re spending your time in a Word document. For instance, you may write that you spent 10-11 a.m. at a meeting with coworkers, 11-11:30 a.m. preparing for a meeting with a potential client, and 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at a meeting with a potential client. If you’re keeping track of your time, you can let your managers know what you spent your time on during the day and what you plan to spend your time on so that they’re up-to-date.
6. Over-communicate with your managers.
When you’re working remotely, it’s best to err on the side of over-communicating with your managers rather than under-communicating. That’s because it can be easy for your managers to lose track of what you’re doing if you aren’t communicating. You also might end up wasting time if you aren’t getting enough guidance from your managers. Make sure to keep them up-to-date on what you’re working on and let them know anything that’s holding you back so that they can help you.
7. Have weekly one-on-ones with your managers.
If you have weekly one-on-ones with your managers, that will ensure that you’re touching base with them on a regular basis.
8. Spend time with friends and family.
When you’re not working in an office, you’re not getting the social connection of being around coworkers. So it’s especially important to schedule time with friends and family so that you’re getting the social connection you need.
9. Close your work email and Slack at the end of the day.
At the end of the day, close your work email and Slack so that you’re not constantly checking for new messages. Make sure to really work during work hours and then attend to your personal life during your personal time. When you’re working remotely, it can be easy to let your work life blend into your home life, so you need to set boundaries.
At Alariss Global, we help top US sales and business development talent get great remote jobs at global tech companies. If you’re interested, sign up for our portal today.