Communication – over communicate
The key to being successful in any role is communication, but when it comes to remote work it is an even more important asset. Your no longer in the office or sitting near your colleagues or manager, it’s your job to communicate. Best practice is to schedule 1:1 check-in meeting’s to communicate your goals, daily tasks and feedback on progress.
Reliable & Robust Comms Technology
We all know you need a robust internet connection for remote working but there’s more to a successful setup than just broadband. All businesses and remote workers should consider what tools and tech you’ll need to do your job effectively. You do not want to use the words “I am not in the office, cannot help” with a colleague or customer, so having the correct technology is vital.
For example, many companies & remote workers invest in following
- VPN connection – direct link back to your business servers and access all business-critical docs & databases remotely.
- Hosted/Cloud Phone Systems – be part of the company system anywhere, anytime, Vision Cloud PBX has a great mobile app, meaning your mobile becomes part of the company phone system.
- Softphone and Video conferencing – great tool for meetings
- Noise-cancelling headphones so you can work regardless of background noise levels.
- Wireless keyboards, mouses or or even a second screen, are integral to efficiency.
- If working from home, if possible have a dedicated space on a desk with all tools ready to work, you don’t need the hassle of setting up and packing away every day.
- Access to I.T support – nothing is more stressful than you not being able to work due to technology issues. Ensure you have access to I.T support via your company’s team or speak to the people at Vision, who offer 24/7 I.T support including weekends and bank holidays from as little as £65 per month.
Stay in touch and get support
One of the myths of remote working who don’t work in company offices is being lonely and missing working environment buzz. To make sure that you’re feeling connected to the “real world”, become part of a remote community – either virtually or in-person at a local coworking space or collective. We’ve found that being surrounded by others who are successfully working remotely inspires beginners to stay the course and remain productive while embracing location flexibility.
Consider your workspace
Set yourself up for success in a place where you can focus on the tasks at hand. From a study at home or creating a dedicated work space, coffee shop, or local co-working spaces, make sure that you feel motivated by your environment.
Take time for yourself.
When the line between “work” and “home” starts to blur, you might find yourself stuck to your computer screen for a longer period of time, it may become necessary when closing a major deal or finalizing a project or presentation, give yourself a little “me” time. Commit to some form of daily exercise can be a simple thing like a 10 min walk & eat healthy and on time, so you can be focused and productive when you need to be.
The benefits of remote work can stretch into your life outside of work as well. With increased flexibility, you can take time to make sure you’re not missing life’s important moments or the basic things like dropping and picking up kids from school, you can work from anywhere.
Know when to “log off”
We have access to a lot of real time information through various social media platforms, emails, Microsoft teams and any other business communication applications, it’s important to develop a habit of setting a time when you officially “log off” for the day. Don’t forget best part of remote working is flexibility to work when your most productive.
Vision offer all types of remote working solutions for companies off all sizes, speak to a consultant now or visit remote working page