We recently wrote about The Rise of Remote Teams – did you know that growth of telecommuting and working from home increased 79.7% from 2005 to 2012, according to the latest data from Global Workplace Analytics? What we didn’t touch on is how employees (and our own virtual consultants) successfully navigate the working from home experience.
We work hard at The WFC Group to make it easy for our employees to work remotely – scheduling weekly team check-ins, monthly team-wide video conferences and chat programs for day-to-day conversation, and organizing events (like our yearly Company Summit we just had in Puerto Rico). We know it can be challenging to work remotely without face-to-face human interaction, so ultimately, we empower each employee to discover their own tips and tricks on what works best for them.
Here are a few tips from our own virtual consultants on how to successfully work remotely:
A Home Office is Essential
- “Set up a home office or even just a desk dedicated to your day job to help you stay focused and be efficient.”
- “When you are done working for the day, leave your office and shut the door if you have one. This helps keep your work life and home life separate.”
- “Invest in a good desk and chair, as this will allow you to work more effectively. Try to avoid working from the couch or a recliner – it’s bad for your back and productivity!”
- “This may seem silly and is easy to overlook, but make sure your office has LIGHT! You will spend a lot of time in your office, and a dark, dull office space is not conducive to productivity.”
Communication is Key
- “Always remember that you belong to a team with a vast knowledge base. Even though your team may be virtual, do not forget or be afraid to utilize your team members when you need assistance.”
- “Responding to e-mails in a timely manner and communicating frequently will send the message that you are readily available to your clients and co-workers, even though you are not face-to-face."
- “Walk around your house while you are on the phone. It can help your thought process, and walking is good for you.”
- “Try really hard not to eat lunch at your computer. Take a lunch break and go to a different location in your home. It’s not healthy to stay glued to a chair all day.”
- “Go out for lunch occasionally. Try to take a business lunch at least once every 2 weeks with a friend who also works from home or business colleague.”
- “Go outside sometimes…”
Do you work remotely? If so, let me know some of your own advice for how to work remotely, in the comments!