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Since the pandemic strike, remote working jobs have now become more common and popular than ever before. For some people, it even has become their new normal and routine. And when we talk about remote working, we talk about all those perks; get tasks done in pajamas, no long-hour commute, no wardrobe, no rigid work schedule, and more.
Yes. Those joys of remote working…
However, all those advantages come with their own pitfalls and challenges. Some remote workers are still struggling to find the right balance between their office life and personal life. Others are having a hard time focusing on their tasks without being distracted by home chores.
Even pro remote workers find some areas on remote working jobs are challenging and they need some efforts to overcome or avoid them. Let alone those who just adjusted to the remote working environment due to the pandemic.
So, if you’re jumping into the latter for the first time and still find it quite difficult to get your tasks done while working remotely, here are some do’s and dont’s of remote working jobs to help you stay productive and keep yourself together.
The Do’s of Remote Working Jobs
The do’s of remote working jobs are basically are about getting you more comfortable with the remote working environments and not to burn out. Here are what you should do while remote working:
Create a Comfortable Working Space
If you are working remotely from home, you need to make sure that you have a comfortable working space just like in the office. It does not mean you have to spend thousands of dollars to redecorate your room with luxurious desks or chairs.
Even a chair in the small corner of your kitchen will make an efficient workspace. Just make sure your working space is a place where you can focus on your work and keep yourself away from any distractions.
Make Your Own Working Schedule
There’s no nine-to-five rule in remote working jobs. That is why you need to make your own working schedule and communicate it to your coworkers. By doing so, your co-workers will understand when they can reach you and expect a fast response.
Defining your work hours create means more guidance and boundaries that you provide. This, in turn, will create fewer misunderstandings that might occur and help you more smoothly work can stay on track.
Maintain the Communication With Your Team
If you work remotely with your team, it is critical that you have to maintain internal communication with them. The reason is that remote workers need to be especially proactive and alert their team members to progress on projects and goals, especially the long-term ones.
Effective communication will help you to make sure that everyone on the team is on the same page about projects you are working on. All the projects, whether it’s cold calling strategy to explainer video campaigns can run smoothly. Also, regular communication with your team helps you to stay engaged with each other — no matter how far the distance is.
Make Use of Remote Working Tools
Thanks to the internet. You can make remote working jobs much easier and less painful by leveraging online tools. Online tools like project management tools or instant messaging tools make it much easier for you to collaborate and communicate with your team effortlessly.
However, you need to remember that one remote working tool comes up with its own notification. It means more tools, more noises. And sometimes, it can stress you out. So, it is always better to use as few tools as possible.
The Dont’s of Remote Working Jobs
The dont’s of remote working jobs home is showing you some things that you better avoid or ignore while working for home so you can get your work done seamlessly. Find out what things you should not do below:
Forget to Take a Break
Since there are no rigid work hours, it is easy for you to force yourself to be available on your desks 24/7. In fact, it only drains your energy faster that in the long-term could lead to burnout.
So, when it’s lunchtime or coffee break time, make sure you take a break, get up from your sitting position, take a walk, or grab some snacks or drinks. Remember, you are not superhuman, and no employees (including yourself) can not be always “on.”
Forget to Take a Part in Company Activities
Working remotely means that you are not a part of any direct in-person communication like a typical office worker gets. And of course, more often than not, it can make you feel lonely and even isolated.
When you keep working alone without taking a part in your company’s virtual activities, you can only get even more lonely. Company virtual activities can help employees connect with each other, helping them maintain teamwork, and builds trust and inclusion. Therefore, it is vital that you create time to socialize with all your teammates.
Neglect Cybersecurity Measures
Remote working means that you do almost all the tasks online. And you must know that online work increases cybersecurity risks. Without the security protections (i.g., firewalls and blacklisted IP addresses) like what your office usually provides, you are far more vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
So, make sure you invest in cybersecurity to protect your cloud documents, emails and attachments, instant message clients, and third-party services. Make no chance and room for cybercriminals to compromise your private data or documents.
To maximize the benefits of remote work, it’s important for remote employees like you to follow some do’s and don’ts. Not only will it help you to work more efficiently, but it also makes it easier for you to take care of your well-being — as remote working prone to overworking and overcommunicating.
With those do’s and dont’s mentioned above, now you should understand what you better do or avoid so that you can stay productive, creative, inspired, and live up to all of the expectations that you and your company have set for yourself within this new normal.
Andre Oentoro is the founder of Breadnbeyond, an award-winning explainer video company. He helps businesses increase conversion rates, close more sales, and get positive ROI from explainer videos (in that order).
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