We’ve said it before. The ‘new normal’ is here, and it’s here to stay. Over the past 8 months, we’ve had to deal with various challenges. Where are we going to work? How are we going to work? What tools do we need to do our job properly?
Below is a list of important tips you can follow for working remotely:
- Better to have communicated ten time too many than once too little. Be clear and unambigious to each other what everyone is doing.
- Keep a close eye on your schedule. Plan and monitor your working hours and projects and update your colleagues about that.
- Deadlines. They are sacrosanct and create structure in your day. Worried about meeting those deadlines? Communicate this as soon as possible.
- Keep your contact information up to date. How can you be contacted and when?
- Keep your auto-replay and voicemail up to date. Explain what other people can expect from you in response time.
- Reach clear agreements with your family. Try to minimise interruptions.
- Plan and take breaks. Theses are essential, both for your productivity and your own wellbeing. If necessary. Ask a colleague to monitor you ‘remotely’
- Don’t disappear into a vacuum. Respond regularly to messages, telephone calls and chats. You can, of courses, go offline temporarily to focus on a task or project, but do keep your finger on the pulse in between