As a busy mom who works full-time and has developed a cruise and travel website in my "spare" time, I am grateful for the ability to work from home. But that's just me. I've heard over and over again how people struggle with working from home and feel they need an office setting in order to thrive. Working from home is definitely not for everyone. After juggling both my career and kids for over 20 years, I have discovered techniques, tips, and tricks I've incorporated in my every day life to help me be successful and develop a professional career path while still working from a remote office.
While not everyone can have success as an employee working remotely, not every manager can have remote employees. Success working remotely starts with a balance that has to be acknowledged by your company, your manager, your co-workers, as well as yourself. First, it's essential to have regular check-in's with your manager. It's not so they can check UP on you, but take this time to check IN. This is your one-on-one time to time to ask questions about your current projects, set development goals, and discuss performance. Even learn about what's going on in your personal life. This is what I call "water cooler" talk. As a remote worker, you don't get the chance to catch up with colleagues when passing them in the hallways or getting a drink at the water cooler.
I'm excited to share my list of tips that have helped me grow within my company and have transformed non-believers of working remotely with proof that it works. These are "real life" tips for successfully working remotely. I focus on Work Environment, Communication, Video Conferencing, and a few essential tips I personally use daily as Best Practices.
Whether you are engaging face-to-face through WebEx, Zoom, Skype or other video conferencing method, you need to be prepared. This is the chance for your clients or co-workers to literally "see" you as a professional. Yes, video conferencing can be annoying. I often have technical issues with the sound not working correctly or being delayed. It's a fine line to create too many meetings, but they can be highly effective when using them to discuss a task with a group or have a "working session" to get a job quickly done.
Timeliness is the key. It shows you are ready to discuss the topic at hand, you care about your co-worker or client’s time, and you are prepared.
Pro "Real Life" Tip: Use the early morning to run an errand or plan a breakfast date with a friend on a day you have a late night meeting.
There are many pros to working remotely for yourself, as well as benefits for your company. My company is globally located and I live in Maryland on Eastern Standard Time (EST). I communicate with colleagues in Europe in the morning and California late in the afternoon. By having a home office, I'm able to skip the commute and easily be available to start early or stay late. But for sanity's sake, it should benefit you as well.
More and more people are working remotely. Whether from a home office or on the road, it can work, and work well. Although in order to truly succeed and develop your professional career in a non-corporate environment, it takes discipline, organization, and commitment. Follow my tools and you can also have a positive life and work balance in a workplace where you are the most comfortable.
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Thanks for cruising by! Along with creating this website and blog, I work in an office full-time and as a mom to two energetic teenage boys. With our family's busy work and school schedule, we look forward to traveling during holidays. Although it seems that our family can never agree on anything, we do when it comes to vacations. We typically travel on cruises or stay at luxury hotels. We enjoy upscale dining, beautiful decor, excellent service, and spacious accommodations. However, with a family including two teenage boys, we still need family friendly and comfortable.
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