According to recent studies, one in four Americans are now working remotely, and in the next couple of years, it is projected that up to 36 million U.S. citizens will enjoy this perk full-time. So, how is that for information that you want to know? Now, if you are one of these remote workers, you might be curious as to how you can stay productive, creative, and inspired – all while living up to the expectations of your respective workplace.
Whether you’re jumping into remote work for the first time, or you’ve been at it for some time now, here are a few tips from the experts that you’ll want to follow, starting tomorrow!
Keep Communication in Check.
The key to being successful in any professional role is communication, but when it comes to remote work it is an even more important asset. Since you’re no longer a few desks down from your co-workers or your manager, it’s your job to schedule 1:1 check-in meetings with them on a weekly basis to connect on your goals, upcoming projects, and daily tasks.
Ensure Steady Internet Connectivity.
Any remote worker will tell you that access to consistent Wi-Fi is integral to their success, but there's more to a successful setup than an internet connection. For example, many remote workers invest in a great pair of noise-canceling headphones so that they can take their work anywhere. Others find that a wireless keyboard and mouse are integral to their efficiency.
Remain True to the Work/Life Balance.
When the line between “work” and “home” begins to blur, you might find yourself stuck to your computer screen for a longer period of time. While it is sometimes necessary, don’t forget to dedicate time to yourself. Commit to your mental health, whether that means taking a virtual fitness class, cooking a delicious meal, or binging a new show on Netflix.
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