It is almost impossible to micromanage a remote team by ‘looking over their shoulders’, which allows for more freedom. In order for remote work to function efficiently, the employees must have proven themselves previously. Although, even once proven, with appropriate processes in place within a company, potential laziness can be discovered and rectified.
Without evidence that an individual doesn’t require constant observation, it is not possible for that individual to work remotely.
The work should speak for itself, it should be no different whether produced in the office or by a lake. If it’s necessary for developers to be in the office at all times this could indicate that the quality assurance or control is in some way flawed. Sitting in the office rather than at home will not change the work process if there is an underlying issue which needs to be addressed.
Demonstrating a strong work ethic shows dedication to your position. Dedication means that you’re more likely to be trusted enough to work remotely. Well defined teams are able to acknowledge their co-workers achievements regardless of whether or not they are all in the same place at the same time, every day, week in, week out. Advantages are gained through the contributions of resolute individuals working remotely on a regular basis.
Remote work requires a significant amount of self control and diligence. It’s much easier to get distracted at home or in a café than it is in the office. How do we prevent ourselves from procrastination? When teams are able to focus on their work in a comfortable environment, it’s possible that their concentration might be bettered but this is not always the case.
The significance of ‘working from home’ has never been more relevant and with the evolution of the information age, it can mean working from absolutely anywhere. This is also called digital nomadism with the employees working in such a way known as ‘digital nomads’.
Although remote work may sound like a good idea, as this a phrase used to describe working outside of a traditional office environment, it doesn’t work for everyone. Some work better in a traditional office setting, while others work best from elsewhere. Particularly when it comes to creative work, feeling overwhelmed or rushed by surroundings can have dire consequences.
If you’re not proud of your work, it’s not good enough yet.
How can we focus on the work at hand, whilst not in a traditional office setting? How do we prioritise our day efficiently? There are a number of strategies we can use such as:
- Start as you mean to go on. From the moment you wake up, get dressed and ‘go to work’, considering your remote work space as your office space is effective.
- Avoid distractions if possible, televisions, pets, family members, cleaning the kitchen or doing other odd jobs are simply forms of procrastination when you’re trying to work.
- Check your equipment. If you know you will have issues with the WiFi in the restaurant but you need to be online, don’t work there. If your devices aren’t charged, charge them.
- Stay hydrated, remember to eat, take breaks. In a traditional office environment other people act as reminders that you should eat lunch. Remotely, it’s easy to forget!
- Remember to distinguish between your work and life. Cancelling other appointments and forgetting to do things because you’re ‘in the zone’ might be a mistake.
Remote work is inevitable because of how society works, how technology works and most importantly because it’s what people want. The inescapability of remote work is something which shouldn’t be met with reluctance but rather with encouragement.
The fear of empty offices is not something one should worry about for the time being, it might be in future. However, we exist in the present, it’s best to seize the opportunity and accept the reality of our current epoch.
We’d Love to Hear from You
Do you work remotely? If not, would you like to and if so, why? How do you think working remotely affects the quality of your work?
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