If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that working remotely can be a challenge. In the time of Novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, many workers are learning how to work from home for the first time. As of April 2020, 88% of organizations have encouraged or required their employees to work from home and 91% of teams in Asia Pacific have implemented ‘work from home’ arrangements since the outbreak.
The shift to remote work can be a sharp learning curve, especially if you’re used to working closely with teammates face-to-face. While every job is different, more and more companies are turning to remote work and cloud-based computing to keep employees working productively. In today’s blog, we’ll take a look at what a beginning remote worker should know–especially when it comes to using cloud apps.
Remote Work and Cloud Apps Tip #1: An Organized Workspace Will Keep You Productive
Before you even begin working remotely, it’s important to consider the physical space that you will be working in. While you might have a dedicated bedroom or office that can be used for your daily work, many adults will struggle to find a space to work in. Once you have determined where to do your work, it’s essential to organize your surroundings in ways that will allow you to be productive.
Consider the lighting, the seating, and the overall atmosphere. Many new remote workers enjoy the flexibility of designing their own work space. Of course, others will struggle with establishing boundaries. It might be tempting to take your computer to the living room but it can spell disaster with a plethora of distractions. Establish your space and stick to it. It’ll get easier.
Remote Work and Cloud Apps Tip #2: Cloud Apps Standardize Workflow
As you undertake your remote work, it’s important that you have access to a stable computer. While this might come from your employer, be sure that the specifications meet the needs of the software suites you’ll be using at home. Hopefully you have the means to do this efficiently and effectively to keep producing quality work. In the event that you cannot support the required tasks with your home equipment, contact your employer immediately. They will need to determine how best to provide you with the equipment you need.
If your equipment can access the required materials, chances are that at least part of your work software lives on the cloud. These cloud apps allow employees to work from anywhere, at any time, and access files without boundaries. As long as you can support the cloud app software suite and you have a strong enough internet connection, you can work without hang ups.
Remote Work and Cloud Apps Tip #3: Be Prepared for the Long Term
Over the last several months, the draw to move employees to remote work has become stronger and more pressing. As the COVID-19 pandemic has caused changes in how the world does business, employers and employees should be ready to commit for the long haul. In order to retain staff after the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations should anticipate that 75% of their staff should expect to work at least 35% from home. Many organizations are allowing employees to work from home on a long term basis, some even closing their offices until 2021 or longer.
As the pandemic continues and you determine your best practices for working remotely, be sure to be flexible with yourself. If the office set up that you established at the beginning of your remote work isn’t working, take a good hard look at what you’re doing. Be willing to move your office around and adjust your schedule to maximize your productivity. It’s important to be kind to yourself as you adjust to your new working normal.
Remote Work and Cloud Apps Tip #4: Always Check Your Email
While you likely understand how critically important it is to respond to emails from clients, bosses, and co-workers, it has never been more critical than now. Where you used to be able to walk to a colleague’s office to discuss a project, your email and your digital calendar will be filled with meetings to do the same things. Take care to check your emails regularly. If you haven’t already and your organization permits it, consider adding your work email on your phone to receive it more quickly. In the same breath, it’s important to remember that work-life balance is an essential part of working from home. Be mindful of how you handle emails, calls,and meetings outside of your working schedule. Balance can be challenging but we all seek it out.
Remote Work and Cloud Apps Tip #5: Don’t Forget to Socialize
While you are working on your own, it’s important not to let your personal life escape. It’s easy to let the isolation of remote work overtake you. If you’re working on a remote team, there are chances that your team can get together for a game night or some sort of team bonding event through Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams or another video chatting service. It will become easier to return to social events as the health landscape clears up. For now, we’re all in this together.
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