Ever since the COVID-19 crisis, almost every office professional is forced to work remotely from their home. It was a big change at first and people had a hard time adjusting to it, but finally, it looks like they are starting to get a hang of it. This is great because no matter how bad things get, you need every opportunity that you can get to provide for your family.
If you haven’t done remote work before, there are certain things that you need to be aware of. Knowing about things would help you map out your plan for the future in case you have to work online for a long time. That is because, even now, there is no telling how long it would take for the things to settle down.
Here are 7 truths about working remotely that you need to know about
1. Networking Remotely is Tough
Research show that most job opportunities that you get, would be from your social circle. There are rarely any full-time job opportunities that you get from online platforms. Most of the times, it would be your friend or a colleague who lets you know about these opportunities. So, it would be quite hard for you to network in a remote environment. There is no way of having a physical meeting with interested parties and it would be quite hard for you to make a decent first impression.
2. You Might Feel Left Out
Let’s say you are working remotely on a massive project with your team, things seem to go smoothly unless you have something important to share with your team, but you just can’t seem to get them together in a single online session. You would feel left out and it would have a negative impact on your level of commitment to the job. You need to find a decent channel that you can use to arrange all your meetings, even the ones that are supposed to be held on a moment’s notice.
3. Might Affect your Productivity
If you are used to of working in a physical environment and you have never tried any kind of online working platform before, you might not feel as productive as you were at your first job. And that is totally fine. Especially during the first few weeks of your online work. It won’t be easy for you to use the tools and technologies needed to do the job at first. Still, you would get better with time if you just keep going.
4. Self-Learning Becomes Crucial
Learning about different modes of remote work environment and the channels that you can use to increase your efficiency would be your responsibility. You might feel overwhelmed from time to time, but you have to learn about the channels that you can use to increase your workspace efficiency. This is where self-learning would become of intrinsic value to you. It is going to take quite some time, but you just need to stick to it.
5. You’d Need to Work on your Focus
Working remotely can get quite difficult sometimes, especially for the people who get easily distracted. You need to get rid of all possible and potential distractions when entering your home workspace. Setup triggers that would force to control your focus. Learn everything that you can about maintaining your focus. Not getting distracted is the first step towards improved performance in online work environment.
6. It Might Not be for You
We are not saying it in a negative sense, but it is a fact. Some people just can’t work without the hassle of office environment. And it is not their fault. They have just wired themselves this way.
The only way to go around with it is by keep practicing. Do a little bit of remote work every day until you start feeling comfortable when working at home. It doesn’t matter if it takes a lot of time. Just don’t give up and keep going. You’ll get there.
Working remotely may come off as scary and overwhelming at first, you just need to accept the fact that it is going to be this way for a long time. So, it is better if you start making effort towards familiarizing yourself with remote work environment. And who knows, maybe with time, you would find this mode of work to be more fun and effective than the traditional office environment.