Many cities in the world have issued stay-at-home orders to stop the spread of COVID-19. With it, millions of people who typically go into an office are now working from home. Working remotely is nothing new to the 100-percent global remote team here at Aclate. We understand that it is a big task when you are responsible for creating your own schedule, setting up a workspace and enforcing work/life balance. However, we love the remote-working model and believe it to be one of increased ownership, excellence and overall job satisfaction.
Here are some of our team’s best strategies for working from home effectively and efficiently:
1. Create a Functional Workspace
2. Show Your Best Self
One of the many benefits of working from home is not having to adhere to an office dress code. Working in pajamas or athleisure is absolutely fine, but studies show that many people work better when they are in symbolic attire. Doctors perform better in scrubs and you, too, excel in whatever you would normally wear to work. Getting dressed signals your inner psyche that it is time to work. Take a shower and put on whatever you’d wear to an office and you may find that you are more inspired and productive. Also, make your bed. Sleep researchers have found people who make their bed feel more accomplished, productive and sleep better.
At a minimum, if you will be interfacing with coworkers or clients on video, consider the view that others will see. Wear something professional on top, remembering that cameras love bright colors like jewel tones. Look into the camera when you are speaking and mute yourself when you are not. Frame the camera so that you are centered with a few inches over your head and cut off mid-torso. Make sure you are well-lit. Your lighting source should always be behind you so you don’t appear to be in a cave. Minimal background images should appear on your screen. If you are having a problem with audio feedback from your microphone, our employees suggest logging in to the conference number with your mobile phone for audio instead.
3. Establish Daily Goals
4. Set Limits With Your Family or Roommates
5. Use Digital Platforms to Mimic the Traditional Office Experience
Working remotely puts pressure on employees to manage projects and deadlines on their own. There are many programs available to help you organize your workload and collaborate with colleagues. Like everyone, we are big fans of Google and other collaboration tools, where you can create lists, add reminders and share documents. We couldn’t function without the virtual office workplace Sococo, where our employees work side-by-side, message each other, set their availability, see who is in the office and connect 1:1 via its built-in Zoom integration.
Remember that telecommuting brings both challenges and freedom. Whether you are working from home for the first time because of COVID-19 or embarking on a remote journey for another reason, remember that all processes and stages in life take time to finesse. Kids will interrupt, dogs will bark and your neighbors’ leaf blower may be extremely loud. Everyone understands. Be patient and flexible, take ownership and pride in your work and use your surroundings to build creativity and excellence. If you would like to learn more working remotely, side-by-side, ask your product manager or visit our sister company, Sococo.
Mary Beth Hubik is a freelance writer and has been a Marketing Consultant for Aclate for 13 months. She is pictured here with her crazy home-office crew, who are functioning pretty well most days, despite being together 24-7.