When we used to think of going to work, many people had in mind a sterile office with beige or grey cubicles. Work was always conducted sitting down at your desk for 8-10 hours a day with only a small lunch break, where you finally had a chance to get outside and experience some sunlight, fresh air, and other humans interacting.
These days, things are a lot different. Companies like Google have made a huge impact on the work environment, making the workplace fun by using crazy colors, awesome interior designs, and fun activities that make you feel like you are working at a playground rather than in an office.
Unfortunately, not all companies can be as fashion forward as Google, and not all people really want to be in that environment, but at the same time they don’t want to be stuck at the same old boring office. So what do they do? Well, many of them start working remotely.
How can that work? Fortunately, technology has advanced exponentially—even over just a few short years. And now, with faster communication, more widely available applications, mobile devices, and computers, your work and the environment you work in does not have to be limited to the office cubicle. But where do you begin if you want to start working remotely? Well, that is exactly what we are going to talk about today. Take a look below:
Why work remotely?
First of all, what does working remotely entail and why are so many people doing it now? In a nutshell, working remotely boils down to working outside of the main headquarters of your company. In some cases, you don’t even need to be in the same state (or country for that matter), which is great for people who have family obligations that make it difficult to relocate for a job . Beyond that, you set your own hours—within reason, of course—making your schedule flexible enough to have a great work/life balance.
From a company perspective, having employees working remotely is a good financial move since it means downsizing in terms of a physical space—companies don’t need to worry about providing space for workers who rarely, if ever, come in to the office.
On top of all that, employees won’t feel as stressed, since they are given the freedom to make their own schedule and the choice of where they want their work space.
So, how do we take the jump and work remotely?
Before you decide to just not show up to work anymore, you need to see if your company offers the option of working remotely. If you are looking for a job, most companies will let you know if they offer telecommuting when you apply. Beyond that, here are some things to consider:
Stay connected. Just because you are working at home doesn’t mean you are working alone. Communication when you work remotely is key. Never forget that you are still a part of the company, and that means you need to stay connected with your team and manager. If you don’t communicate well, you can end up running into a lot of problems, such as a change in the plans of the project. This not only sets you back, but the rest of your team as well.
Stay organized. No one is around to make sure you have all your ducks in a row, so make sure you stay on top of things. Keep your projects and timelines organized because, as we said above, falling behind can end up causing a lot of problems for everyone else. You don’t want to be the reason why your team or company is being held back.
Stay motivated. Motivation is also the key to working remotely. Since no one is there to keep you in line, you need to push yourself as much as possible.
Enjoy what you do. Most importantly, just enjoy what you do. This essentially ties everything together. If you don’t like your job, then how can you keep yourself motivated, organized, and connected? When you are on your own, it’s much harder to push yourself when you don’t even want to do the job in the first place. But if you have a job you enjoy, working remotely can be a great option.