The popularity of working remotely has increased over the last few years, since it has many benefits. However, there are several challenges of working remotely. We have already discussed them in the previous article.
Here, we shall discuss some more and also simple ways to overcome them.
- Noting Your Progress – As a remote worker, you’ll need to take note of your own success and advancement. Taking note of any projects you’ve successfully participated in, your productivity, and any steps you’ve taken to improve your skills can be useful. Use this information in your regular reviews with your employer.
- Working Too Much – Some employers don’t approve of remote work since they fear employees slow down without that physical presence. But, in reality the challenge of working remotely is that employees tend to overwork. When your work and personal life are under the same roof, it’s difficult to stop working and this can lead to exhaustion. Taking breaks and setting clear start and end times can help avoid this.
- Prioritizing Work – Working remotely requires time management because they don’t have others constantly overlooking their work or managing their time for them. This is all the more challenging for remote workers who have more flexible, free days as well as managers in a different part of the world. Managing your own work is not easy. Several temptations might come up during the day and you may have little to show by the end of the day. Avoid wasting time and limit the number of tasks you plan to do daily. Try to stay focused at work. If everything fails, try working out of a co-working space, the library, or a coffee shop.
- Loneliness and Lack of Human Interaction – Your colleagues are your social circle to a great extend. If you don’t have family members home with you when you’re working, you might feel isolated. Even with internet access you might still develop restlessness from being in the same place for too long all by yourself. At workplace people share moments of interaction and maybe even share meals together or after-work drinks. The challenge of working remotely is perhaps having only houseplants to talk to. Include social breaks in your schedule, if possible such as having lunch with friends. Just going out and eating a snack while chatting with the counter person can make you feel better. Joining local groups or organizations can help too.
- Bad Health Habits – When you work from home, you spend most of the time sitting in front of your computer which is not good. In the long run, your health may suffer to a big extent. Sedentary life style can lead to putting on weight, your muscles and bones become weak with low immune system. Sometimes bad sleeping habits are also an issue. When your health declines, your work efficiency suffers too. In order to always stay healthy and fresh, eat a balanced diet, exercise, sleep at least eight hours at night, and remember to take breaks during your work.
Working remotely may be demanding and difficult notably in the beginnings. No doubt, the comfort and advantages are immense. Yet, the challenges of working remotely may cause a lot of problems and lead to the lack of work-life balance. With the technological progress and digitization in business the number of people working remotely are sure to increase.