Telecommuting is on the rise and we’re not surprised!
The popularity of teleworking can be attributed to its various benefits, which include saved time and money, reduced downtime, increased productivity, and decreased attrition rates. Those are its benefits are from an employer’s point of view.
From an employee’s perspective, the benefits include lowered commute time and expenses, increased focus, and better work-life balance. Further, it has become easy for remote employees to stay in touch with their teams using the latest communication technologies.
While telecommuting is easy, it is the transition into it that is tough, especially for those who’ve never experienced remote working before.
If you belong to this category and have absolutely no clue about how to get started, check out these evergreen tips.These tips will help you beat the telecommuting blues like a pro.Click To Tweet
1. Land a High-Paying Remote Job
First things first.
Before you sign up for working remotely, you need to find out which jobs or categories of jobs offer high remuneration.
Having multiple options will help you make an informed decision and land a high-paying job.
Get started with the help of the infographic 42 Highest Paying Work from Home Jobs by Ponbee, which gives a bird’s eye view of some top paying remote jobs, along with the places where you can look for such opportunities.
2. Designate a Work Area
If you’re going to work remotely from your home long-term, create a home office that fosters productivity.
Choose any corner of your home where you feel most comfortable. Add furniture, including a work desk, ergonomic chair(s), circuits, bookshelves, cabinets, ambient lighting, etc. Give it the look and feel of a regular workspace.
The best part is that you can get as creative as you want when you plan your home office!
3. Have a Plan
Having a sound work plan is critical when operating from home. Your plan should help you balance your professional and personal commitments without having to neglect or forsake one for the other. It should also help you stay focused and avoid distractions.
To begin with, you can create a task list for the entire day, week, or even month beforehand in order to see to it that all of the tasks are completed on time. Doing so will help you keep both professional and personal commitments.
4. Fix Office Hours
Certain telecommuting jobs offer employees flexible working hours. Even then, you need to set your office hours and make them known to your colleagues, as well as your friends and family members.
A fixed working schedule will help you manage your work more efficiently and avoid situations such as entertaining guests when you’re at work or being contacted by the team after you’ve clocked out.
5. Dress for Work
One of the most obvious perks of working remotely is not having to dress up for work every day. But then, comfort dressing does have an impact on your work.
According to a study conducted by researchers Joy V. Peluchette and Katherine Karl, participants who wore formal business attire felt more authoritative, trustworthy, and competent.
Even if you don’t want to wear business outfits every day, ditch the pajamas for comfortable, semi-formal wear. This will do the trick!
6. Step Out of the House
Telecommuting doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve got to be confined to your home. It’s all about working outside of a typical workplace environment and can be any location of your choice.
How about working from your local library? Or your favorite coffee shop? You can also search for coworking spaces near you and join fellow teleworkers.A workspace can be any place where you are at your productive best and feel comfortable.Click To Tweet
7. Find Ways to Stay Connected
Make sure to stay in touch with everyone at work, from your supervisors to your subordinates, even when working from a virtual location!
For instance, you can use social media channels as well as communication tools such as Skype, Google Hangouts, or Slack to keep in touch with your coworkers and build a rapport with them.
Constant communication will help you build great working relationships, boost your morale, and drive away the feeling of loneliness that often arises from working remotely.
Also, if it’s possible, meet them face-to-face at some point because knowing them in person will make a huge difference.
You can arrange for local meetups or network with them when you travel to the workplace. Alternatively, you can join them on luncheons and get to know them better.
To Wrap Up Ways to Avoid Telecommuting Blues
Remote working is no big deal.
Once you know how to go about it and take it one step at a time, it won’t pose any problem for you when you make the transition.
Just let go of your fears and follow these tips to become a teleworking pro in no time!
Have a tip to add to the list? Let us know in the comments!
The social isolation of working from home gets to some people. That is never more true than when people are forced to stay home as is happening due to COVID-19.
HealthTrends.com produced this infographic on avoiding the anxiety and depression some people feel when they work from home or can’t go out socializing the way they would like.
NOTE: Originally published 5/30/17; updated 5/1/20 to replace missing infographic; updated 6/16/20 to add another infographic.
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