Working from home has a lot of perks: no commute, more relaxed dress code, the ability to create your own schedule. But it also comes with its own set of challenges. Here are the five most common challenges of remote work – and how you can overcome them:
One of the most common challenges remote workers face is loneliness. When you’re used to working in an office surrounded by people, it can be tough to adjust to working in isolation. There are a few things you can do to combat loneliness, though. First, try to create a dedicated workspace in your home so you can physically separate yourself from your personal life when it’s time to work. Additionally, make an effort to connect with colleagues and clients via video chat or phone calls rather than email whenever possible. And finally, try to get out of the house for a walk or coffee break at least once a day.
Another common challenge for remote workers is distractions from family, friends, and roommates. If you can, try to set up your workspace in a room with a door that you can close when you need to focus. If that’s not possible, let your family and friends know when you’re working and ask them not to disturb you during those times. Finally, invest in a good pair of noise-canceling headphones so you can block out any distractions and stay focused on your work.
Feeling Disconnected From Company Culture
When you’re not in the office, it can be easy to feel like you’re missing out on company culture and camaraderie. One way to combat this is to schedule regular check-ins with your manager or team leader. These check-ins can be done via video chat or phone call, and they’ll give you an opportunity to catch up on what’s going on in the office and bond with your colleagues – even if you’re not physically present. Additionally, try to attend any company-wide events or happy hours that are held virtually so you can socialize with your coworkers even when you’re not in the same location.
Time Management Issues
When you have more control over your schedule, it can be tough to stick to set hours or take regular breaks. If possible, try to stick to set hours that align with when the majority of your team is online and available. That way, you can avoid any unnecessary overlap or delays in communication. Additionally, make sure to take breaks throughout the day – even if it’s just for 10 minutes – to stretch your legs or grab a snack. And finally, try to avoid working evenings and weekends so you can have some separation between your work life and personal life.
It can be easy to fall into the trap of wanting everything you do to be perfect when you work from home because there’s no one around to give you feedback, but resist the urge. Try instead to focus on getting things done rather than making them perfect. In most cases, there’s time for editing or feedback later. Chances are someone on your team will be able to help so you can make the necessary changes anyway.
Working from home has its fair share of challenges – but fortunately, there are ways to overcome them. By being mindful of potential pitfalls like loneliness and distractions and taking steps proactively to address them head-on, you can set yourself up for success as a remote worker. Remember: focus on getting things done rather than making them perfect, take breaks throughout the day, establish set work hours (and stick to them), and stay connected with your team even when you’re not physically present in the office.
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Article written by Mavis Miller