Well, in my opinion, working from home is an ideal way to secure a work-life balance as well as comes with a great many advantages. However, doing so does not mean you won’t face some challenges as a remote professional. I think, just as working in an office has a unique set of challenges, some work challenges as a remote employee can also pop up.
I have come up with some common challenges you might face while pursuing your remote culture:
Have a look:
1. The problem in maintaining engagement and focus
Well everyone knows that working from home is a wonderful arrangement for those who want to escape the daily commute and I think it’s a sheer wastage of time commuting daily on the road traveling if you can work from home. However, being away from your responsibilities would also hamper the quality of work you are doing. So I think the solution to this problem can be, starting your day off with meditation or yoga to promote focus and mental engagement. It is believed that these kinds of services provide readily available options to start your day with meditation, which can help with mental clarity and stress release.
2. Know how to deal with distractions
Distractions come with the territory when you work from home. I can easily get distracted. Once I had got an unexpected call from an unknown number and at that time I was on a very important point; after which I got distracted. Then to overcome this problem I had a direct discussion with my spouse and children about disruptions during work hours. Obviously, working from home is likely a significant benefit to my family, but I have to be very sure to set boundaries.
3. Always keep your morale up
Working from home means there may be no regular high-fives from your manager or teammates for a job well done. I did a lot of hard work but in return, I was never appreciated by my boss. Although you should always maintain good relations with your co-workers, otherwise you may feel isolated and there can be an occasional dip in your morale. To overcome this kind of relationship with my boss I tried to talk with my boss about my regular check-ins and expected him to give regular feedback for my work.
4. Finding a creative outlet
I feel that as a work-from-home professional, finding a creative outlet is an important key to keeping your mind active. In my opinion, the sky’s the limit to promote a higher level of creativity. Do something totally unique, such as joining a painting or photography group or trying a creative activity that aligns with your career. If you’re a writer, consider taking creative writing classes. The convergent side of your brain is working all day and needs some divergent activity to feel balanced and productive.
5. Effective management of your time and efforts
I believe that whatever time I am giving to my work, it should be totally qualified and well maintained for the kind of work which I am offering to my organization. This way the time that I am giving to my work will be valued and applauded. Hence, Working from home will mean that you’ll have to manage your own timeline and be responsible to meet deadlines without reminders from co-workers. Depending on your personality, time management can be one of the most common workplace challenges as a remote employee. Use time management tools and apps to use your time most effectively.
6. Hone your skills
Every person is equipped with some of the other skills. Depending on the role you’re working from home, you may have to ensure your own career advancement by improving your skills on your own. If your employer doesn’t offer internal opportunities for advancement like mine or provide ongoing training, then find classes in your field that you can attend. Now, you may immediately feel that the solution to this challenge could be costly. However, there are many no-cost professional courses you can start with.
7. Working on your communication skills
Believe me, when I was going for my first job interview, I was totally nervous and when I met the employer, I fumbled a lot. But that’s okay for your first one. For further interviews, you must require a significant amount of remote communication, whether that’s with your immediate supervisor, your team, or your clients.
As a remote employee, you’ll likely use a variety of communication tools to meet with your colleagues. If you’re challenged by expressing yourself verbally, it’s time to get some help with that. There are many reasons for this challenge, and one reason could be that you’re an introvert. I was also an introvert until I completed my first internship of six months. Introverts tend to communicate better in writing than they do verbally.
No matter what the reason, search for courses available in communication skills, group work and networking, persuasion and motivation, and others to improve your communication skills.