Ready, Set, Launch – How we Help to Kick Start Our Remote Employees’ Career
Some may claim that for many professionals who sit in an office where their work desk represents their work-life, working from home sounds like a dream.
You get to save money on the commute and even avoid wasting an hour of getting ready in the morning. You no longer have the need to own a lunchbox or worry about which restaurant you should book a table for lunch. Additionally, you are the master of your own coffee machine and you can wear your hair in a bun through all of this. Your pet will never feel alone again, as you will be around all the time, even for those spontaneous 4 pm walks. Your kids will always have their parent waiting for them when they come back from school. And I even dare to say that you might never get caught wearing your pj’s all day as long as you put a fresh shirt up on top.
However, all these perks do come with consequences. As they say, no good deed goes unpunished, and neither will a remote employees’. Working from home comes with wifi troubles, your neighbour trying to drill thru the wall right next to yours, you forgot how to manage your internal HR software ( it has happened to me …more than a few times…please don’t tell my boss) or your laptop deciding to pass over to the other side in the middle of a presentation. The ways we have decided to ease the process of our employees working from home is to prepare them for the worst, and always be there with our tips and tricks. Today we decide to share them with you.
Make friends with your IT manager
The digital era and the Digital Ego for that matter are upon us.
It is the reign of the IT industry.
Once you’ve figured out workstation and how to keep yourself from getting too distracted, it’s time to master your company’ technology and tools. And there is no one else who can help you more with these tasks as your IT manager. Thus it is especially important to make sure that you always have a connection ready with your IT manager and try to do the job of managing your technology and tools the way they do ( hint, I have tried it, it is nearly impossible ). Remember when you’re working from home you are in charge of being your own IT guide, and you can no longer press the ‘’IT manager panic button’’ and expect them to turn up. Take your time learning the company’s training files and onboarding handbooks and announcements. Examine each new tool, emphasising the ones that have to do with your co-workers setting you tasks, your attendance marker, your holiday and vacation. You can even search for additional tutorials online by simply googling the software you want to examine.
The Routine Catch
I know you think that working from home can mean that you finally get to ditch the old and boring ‘’9-5’’ routine. I hate to break it to you, but you might be wrong. Although you will have occasional spontaneous walks to the store, or a break to read your favourite magazine, you need a strict schedule in order to be on top of your tasks. The first part of this routine should revolve around habits outside of your work responsibilities: Wake up, make breakfast, shower, get dressed, brew a pot of coffee, and settle into your home office ( not necessarily in that order, maybe take some time to listen to your favourite Spotify playlist as well before things get started) At lunch, schedule time to get away from your desk and eat a hearty meal. It is important for you to have a ready worklist before you start the workday so that you know which tasks to prioritize and finish first. Make reminders, sticky notes set your intentions for each day
and your alarms and try to stick to deadlines. Be realistic. You are not suddenly going to get special ‘’work from home’’ superpowers and be able to double your work. Be kind to yourself and make goals you will be able to accomplish.
Call your co-workers
For some, working from home can increase productivity, because you will get to avoid normal in-office distractions and co-workers. On the other hand, you might feel isolated and like your work suddenly became meaningless because you don’t get to share it with your favourite office buds. If you are like me, you might be missing the Friday office karaoke work hours and humming along to Disney songs at lunch. So, our advice would be to use our company’s connection software.
As we pride on remote work, we know which tools to use to always keep connected. Ring Central, Skype or Slack your colleagues to let them know you are thinking about them, and you want them to have a second look at your presentation. Use these tools to stay close to your team members, even if it’s not always work-related.
Speak your mind
When you’re working remotely, your voice as an employee might feel like it is put on mute. But that is not true, you just need to speak louder…sort of… Send that second follow up email, organise meetings on the new business model ideas and do not be afraid to call up your managers! They are probably excited to hear from you as well! In the office, it’s easy to stop by your boss’ desk and ask how everything’s looking or ask for feedback. Online, that requires an email, SMS, phone call and video chat. Chances are, you’ll set up weekly or biweekly one-on-one meetings with your manager.
So make sure you are heard and informed about the latest developments whether those are in your department, or the HR and Finance, Marketing or Software Development.