During this unprecedented time in our economy, implementing an effective remote environment is essential. I’ve been working remotely since before it was cool, way back in 2006. At that time there weren’t many resources available that provided keys to a successful transition. Thankfully, remote work was part of the company culture. Individually, though there are keys to success that I learned through trial and error. You can adapt quickly to working from home by implementing these 3 simple rules.
#1 – Create a routine and stick to it. When I first started working from home, there were times that I didn’t shower until 5 pm or get out of my sweatpants (yikes!). It’s critical to establish a morning routine and stay consistent with it every day.
#2 – Get organized. Video calls should NOT take 2 hours. Organization will save you time, frustration, and provide a sense of accomplishment. Do things like set agendas for meetings and parking lot in-depth questions for one on one interactions. Keep an update to date individual calendar that can be shared so everyone can see your schedule.
#3 – Use technology to your advantage. Uncover and take full advantage of all the tools available with your software. Whether you are using Gmail Suite for Business, Outlook, Salesforce, Basecamp, or other software, there are built-in features that you probably aren’t using which will benefit your remote team. Set up automatic workflows, email notifications, and learn new features to share with your team. Technology utilized effectively is a change maker.
These 3 rules coupled with a sense of humor will make your transition from in the office to remote working easier and more enjoyable.