Maybe you’re new to remote work. Maybe your boss just gave you the green light on WFH a few days a week.
In most workplaces, working remote is a privilege and not a given. It’s up to you to adapt to your company’s work style, meetings, and not the other way around. Here are some tips for how you can best set yourself up to be successful.
Speak with your team and ask them to share their best work conditions and communication styles. Set expectations with the team on how they’ll/you’ll work while remote. Set up syncs for the team to regroup and reconnect, morning kickoffs to check the team pulse and have some water cooler talk.
For yourself — Be considerate of everyone’s situation. Some have families, elderly relatives, children, etc. Be early to meetings. Have agendas prepared. Email end-of-week recaps to your team and stakeholders. This isn’t comprehensive but should give you enough of an idea to adapt to your situation.
Setup shared playlists, have pet video calls, share your setups, coffee chats, beer o’clock, whatever works for your team and culture.
Don’t forget to take a walk once in a while. Take some time to make a lunch. Now that you have all this free time, why not start that fitness routine? Start that meditation practice you’ve always wanted but never had the time for.
Being in your pyjamas every day can get old fast, and you’ll appreciate some time away from your computer. Buffer has a guide to conquering remote work loneliness which is super helpful.
“Going on walks in new cities or enjoying a slow morning at a coffee shop before I begin working for the day help me feel connected to my environment.”
— Jacqueline Jensen, Buffer and 7in7 communities
Working remote or from home can be socially isolating. There are small things you can implement into your routine to find community, like listening along to livestreams while working, or joining public Slack groups like Design Social Club.
If working from home isn’t possible, you might consider working from a coffee shop. In major cities these can be congested and difficult to focus in. Some other options are:
I hope this is helpful for some of you. Happy remote working!