Remote’s work popularity has increased over the last couple years. Many people, especially youth, decided to work remotely. Such work has many benefits. However, it also involves many challenges. Today, we present top 6 of them, which are mainly difficult to meet, and simple ways to overcome them.
Remote work may be demanding and difficult notably in the beginnings. Of course, the advantages and comfort that comes with working from any place are immense. Yet the obstacles which remote workers have to face may cause a lot of problems and lead to the lack of work-life balance. Especially that with the digitization in business and technological progress, the number of people working remotely will increase. In the report by Intuit, it is stated that:
The future of remote work is bright. Thus, even before you decide to become a remote worker, either a freelancer or a self-employed person, it is good to take a look at the main challenges you may have to face. And if you already work in this way, make you sure you don’t make the basic mistakes.
Of course, there are many challenges of a remote work but not all of them are that difficult. Check our list to find out if you’re working in the right way!
It seems that working remotely is not problematic when it comes to time management. All that time most people spend at commuting, being stuck in a traffic jam to and from work is precious. And when working from home, we save a lot of it. And sometimes that one or two hours can be crucial to delivering a project. So, you may think: “I don’t need to pay attention to time because I work from home. I have a lot of time to do all my things.” Yet this tends to be a huge problem.
When you work from home, you have to take into account all your other duties you may need to perform, such as cleaning, making dinner, or even organizing your workspace. Here are ways in which you may improve your time management:
Lots of remote workers love technology and make use of it. Moreover, if you want to work remotely, you have to embrace technology. And this applies not only to the equipment, for example, laptop, tablet, or a smartphone, but to different types of tools available for these devices – apps, software, etc.
But it’s easy to get lost in the technological jungle. It’s important to choose wisely and make use only of such tools which you will need in your work.
TimeCamp’s tip: before you start using any tool, app, or software, conduct an in-depth research whether you will actually need it. Very often employees buy equipment or tools which is not obligatory in their work. It only takes a lot of attention but not necessarily makes work productive and brings closer to optimizing it.
One of the most significant challenges in a remote work is communication, either with a boss, manager, or other team members. It is particularly challenging because when working from home (or any other place than the company’s office), you do not have the chance to talk to people during a coffee break or when you need to discuss a task or project. Instead, you sit home alone doing your job.
Here are ways for effective communication:
Even though working remotely means being flexible and working in different hours, at different days, some people tend to spend much more time on work during the day than is needed. Sleep deprivation, the feeling of exhaustion, lack of personal time are just a few of the most common negative effects.
Work overload doesn’t allow to focus on the most important aspects of work and leads to a significant decrease in productivity. In order to prevent it, you can apply the following methods:
Distractions are the nightmare of every remote worker. One of the most common distractions is procrastination. But not only. When working from home, you can often find yourself in situations which you not necessarily have to do right now. Cleaning up your apartment, washing dishes, watching your favorite tv series. Because your work is flexible, right? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.
But distractions also come from outside. We all know this famous video of a journalist who is interrupted by his children while being on the air.
That’s why it’s crucial to create your own space in which you can work peacefully, away from distractions of any type. Remember that such a place, either a room or an office, should be equipped only with the tools necessary for your work!
Apply these tips to overcome distractions:
When you work from home, you spend most of the time sitting in front of your computer. And it’s not always good. In a long-term perspective, your health may suffer to a big extent. If you don’t move, you put on weight, your muscles and bones become weak, and your immune system is not that effective in facing off any types of diseases. Plus, sometimes bad sleeping habits are also an issue. Gathering all together, when your health deteriorates, so does your work efficiency.
In order to always stay fresh and healthy, keep a balanced diet, exercise, sleep at least 8 hours at night, and remember to take breaks during your work.
These are just a few of the challenges of working remotely. However, if you don’t pay attention to them, your work may not result in success. Are there any other challenges you face as a remote worker? Or maybe you have other ways of overcoming them? Make sure to let us know in comments!
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