Technology allows us today to work from anywhere on the planet. In most cases, all you need is a computer and a good internet connection and you’re ready to effectively work remotely. Despite having its challenges, remote work enables us to overcome many possible contingencies and emergency situations such as the current world crisis caused by the Coronavirus outbreak.
In my point of view, even before we were pushed to take full remote work action, there was already a latent tendency for remote work to become an increasingly common reality in many sectors associated with technological development and work-life balance measures taken by the several organizations.
Remote work has many advantages and there are many tools one can use in order to organize the work and ensure great individual and team performances with integrated text, voice and video communication systems that will undoubtedly be greatly improved in the years to come with the development of virtual reality and 5G.
As the CEO of a company in the technological field I already contemplated monthly remote working days for my employees and inclusively had consulting teams dedicated to international projects working remotely in a permanent basis.
As for many of you, however, this might be a completely new reality, I would like to share some tips and recommendations to help you organize and ensure effective remote work:
- Have your own working space, pleasant, comfortable and where you can be fully concentrated without being interrupted.
- Clearly define the different slots of the day in an even more disciplined way: make sure you contemplate all the things your day will be filled with such as making calls, answering calls, scheduling meetings, follow-ups, conducting interviews, responding to customer requests, relaxing, reading, practising physical activity etc.
- If you work as a team, have daily scrum meetings in the morning. These meetings can take as little as 5/10 mins but are extremely important to address different issues/tasks that you have in hands, exchange points of view and line up the priorities for the day.
- Record your weekly progress using any tools of your choice. There are specific tools that can be very useful for those who work remotely, you can explore these tools or simply use e-mail to record developments and share them with your team.
- Return calls, messages, audios or videos quickly. If you miss the call of a colleague, get back to him/her as soon as possible, when you work remotely it is important to make yourself available because people tend to be more aware of time when working remotely.
- Privilege contacts in videoconference instead of an audio conference. In order to reduce feelings of isolation and promote greater proximity between people as well as ensure the clarity of communication.
- If it is something urgent use the phone for a quick resolution
- Professional clothing (but relaxed!) Even in remote mode. If we work remotely we do not have to follow a specific dress code, but my advice is to leave the slippers and the robes for your relaxing moments and try to be disciplined even in the way you dress in order to create a self-perception that you are in the productive hours of your day.
- Take regular breaks for water, coffee, reading, exercising or catching up with a colleague about your next vacation destination or weekend soccer game. It is important to stretch your legs and anticipate moments of relaxation that ease your mind and later facilitate when you want to return to concentration!
- When in remote work: communicate, communicate a lot! If we are far from our team and colleagues, we must ensure that we stay aligned and motivated by communicating very regularly, whether to share more informal impressions or to discuss ideas about the task at hand.
Finally, I believe that when remote work is predominant, frequent face-to-face encounters are extremely important. Either in formal or informal contexts, people need opportunities to meet up in person to develop and strengthen the bonds between each other. There is still no technology that replaces the value and power of human contact and the culture of an organization is undoubtedly made by the shared values between people and it is enhanced during the moments they get to interact with each other.
Remote work is, for many, a new reality and each person or each company has its own pace and dynamics adjusting to the new circumstances. I hope, therefore, that this article can be a good help for you to have a productive and prosperous remote work routine!
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Carlos is Affinity’s CEO & Founder. Having started his career as a Technical and Business Consultant, he later accomplished his dream of building its own IT consulting company with a clear focus on people, relationships and affinity. It is with great ambition and focus that Carlos defends its position both in the tech industry as well as in the tennis table!