As working remotely becomes more popular among employers, many people dream of leaving an office setting to telecommute.
Having more flexibility, working in your pajamas and skipping the commute and office politics … sounds like a dream come true, right? But there’s a catch: Sometimes this newfound freedom can be hard to adjust to after working in a traditional office setting.
Check out these five tips to help you transition from an office environment to working from home.
1. Create a schedule
It’s important to add structure to your day. Make a schedule that allows you to tackle your to-do list while maintaining breaks throughout the day.
2. Have an office space
Create your own workspace, just as you would do in a traditional office environment. Having a designated area will help encourage the right mindset to start each day.
3. Collaborate with colleagues
Working from home doesn’t mean you can’t interact or collaborate with your team. In fact, it’s important to do it even more! Consider investing in a video-calling tool like Skype, so you can feel connected to the team.
4. Plan for social interaction
At times, you may feel isolated when you work remotely. It’s vital to plan ways to make face-to-face connections with others throughout the week. Grab coffee or lunch with colleagues or a friend — it’s a great way to step away from your desk and enjoy a break.
5. Facilitate creative exercises
If your team has regularly scheduled team meetings, be sure to have some fun after getting through the meeting agenda. Ask each team member to present a creative exercise that enables employees to get to know each other on a personal level. This also helps create a positive culture and builds morale.
Working remotely can definitely be an adjustment for some but following these key tips can help with the transition and the overall structure of your workday.
What are some best practices for remote employees that you enjoy? We’d love to hear more — tell us in the comments below!