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Simple Tips for Working Remote

April 1st, 2020 by admin

Woman sitting at a desk in her home office working

Now that we are all re-adjusting to working remotely due to concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, we wanted to share some helpful remote working tips that anyone can apply to their daily schedule. We hope these tips will help you reorganize and feel more in control of your workday, even if you're doing it from your sofa in pajamas!

First, the key to being successful in any professional role is communication, but when it comes to remote work, it is an even more critical asset. Since you're no longer a few desks down from your coworkers or your manager, it's your job to schedule 1:1 check-in meetings with them every week to connect on your goals, upcoming projects, and daily tasks.

Make sure to advocate for yourself and clearly state the progress you've made in the past week, which goals you've surpassed, and which projects you've led. When you're not in the office, it can be difficult for your manager to keep your work top-of-mind, so don't be afraid to bring important milestones up on your own.

Any remote worker will tell you that access to consistent WiFi is integral to their success, but there's more to a successful setup than an internet connection. Along with having the ability to make video calls without losing connections, you should consider what tools and tech you'll need to do your job well. For example, many remote workers invest in a great pair of noise-canceling headphones so that they can take their work anywhere - regardless of background noise levels. Others find that wireless keyboards and mouses, or even a second screen, are integral to their efficiency while working from home.

Set yourself up for success in a place where you can focus on the tasks at hand. Whether this means taking over your dining room or recreating some space in the loft, make sure that you feel motivated by your environment and ready to tackle whatever comes your way.

Lastly, know when to "log off." This can be one of the most challenging aspects for remote work beginners, as the world is becoming increasingly connected. Though you may receive emails and chat notifications at any hour (especially if you're working in a different time zone than your coworkers), it's essential to develop a habit of setting a time when you officially "log off" for the night. The best part of working remotely is having the flexibility to work when you are most productive, so be careful about setting the standard that you are available 24/7.

Now that you're working remotely, life will look a little bit different (and maybe a bit more fun if you're adapting well to the new routine). If you rely on the tips that we've listed above, the transition to the freedom of a flexible work style will be smooth and successful. As always, ICX is here to support your organization and team as you tackle this new remote work challenge - reach out with any questions or concerns. We are here to set you up for success!

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