With remote work becoming more of the norm than an outlier, it’s important to make sure both employees and managers are equipped with skills that will help them succeed in this environment. This means making a commitment to developing four specific skills: communication, interpersonal relations, organizational aptitude, and adaptability.
The U.S workforce has more opportunities to work remotely now than ever before, but that trend is only going up as much of the country struggles with high costs of living and commutes in excess of an hour per day.
A handful of challenges await those who work from home. In addition to the skills you need for your job, telecommuters must also have a variety of other talents in order to be successful at remote work and avoid burnout.
The best way you can hone these skills and talents, whether they be for personal or professional use, is by practicing them as often as possible.
What are the Skills Essential in Remote Working
In a time where most people would never have to leave their own neighborhood, we are now part of an entire workforce that can work remotely. This is great for many reasons; namely the ability to live in more affordable places and not be stuck with exorbitant housing prices as well as having other opportunities closer by rather than chasing them across town or state lines – but it also has its drawbacks. As remote workers, our physical separation from team members and colleagues provides us with challenges when trying to maintain positive relationships while maintaining healthy boundaries: empathy mixed with understanding what they might need on-hand so things don’t get too difficult at home in conjunction being able to give solutions if there’s been any sort of setbacks such as technical difficulties or issues solving problems.
2. Written Communication
When working remotely, we often find that more than half of communication happens through written rather than spoken means. This is because emails, Slack messages, and text messaging are all used to communicate with teammates who may be on the other side of the world from you. It even applies when chatting while video conferencing for work-related purposes! You should always strive to develop your own clear voice in any format so as not to confuse those around you who might have a different cultural background or dialects that make it harder for them to understand what message was meant if they can’t tell by subtle nuances between our voices which words were emphasized during conversation alone.
A good rule of thumb is to take a moment before sending your message and imagine how the recipient will read it. In some cases, this may mean you should be more formal if they are someone with authority over you or who has seniority in their field versus reading something informal that might not translate well when written down on paper through email.
3. Working Independently
Telecommuters need the ability to work independently, including being resourceful and problem-solving on their own. This is a result of communication in virtual workspaces not always coming as fast as walking down the hallway or talking with someone next door. However, employers typically expect telecommuters to know how they do things without much handholding and workers should be able to meet expectations accordingly; otherwise, it’d defeat some of what makes remote working possible – like more freedom from office politics.
4. Technical Proficiency for Digital Tools
A handful of companies that have brought their telecommuting employees back to the office are often met with criticism. The truth is, virtual collaboration can be achieved but requires using online and digital resources which means getting comfortable using project management programs, video conferencing or company-specific digital platforms. Each company has its own tools and methods for a successful workplace so it’s best if you feel at ease embracing new technology in order to stay engaged on projects while working remotely from home.
5. Team Problem Solving
Collaboration is necessary to solve business challenges. Regardless of your industry, problem-solving skills tied to collaboration have been identified as crucial for success. Each of you has a different set of skills that can be tapped into, but how do we access them when in different locations? Set aside time every day or week so all team members are able to brainstorm and talk through proactive solutions with each other before establishing the right norms between one another. This will enable us to come up with an effective method throughout the company for making key decisions which everyone stays on the same page.
6. Organizational and Time Management Skills
Working from home can be a daunting task for those who are used to the less hands-on management style of an office. This is especially true when working on projects that require focused attention and constant productivity, as without any deadlines or coworkers to keep you accountable it’s easy for your mind to wander into other tasks. The single most important thing you should do in order to stay productive at all times while still feeling like there’s some structure around how much time you spend on each project will vary depending on what type of work environment suits your personality best.
It’s frustrating to waste time. The worst part is that it feels like a never-ending cycle, because every hour you procrastinate takes more and more away from your day. But there are ways out of this dilemma! Try downloading apps designed for boosting productivity or tracking the amount of time spent on individual tasks at once; block off certain hours as focus times when each important task should be worked on without being distracted by emails or Slack notifications; work in sprints where periods of intense concentration are followed up with short breaks before repeating the process until all necessary tasks have been completed successfully – experiment to find what works best for you!
Remote jobs may seem like an easy way to work from home, but the flexibility they offer doesn’t stop at being able to choose your own working hours. You have to be prepared for changes in how you do business with colleagues who might live on a different time zone and that means adapting quickly when new things come up or meeting deadlines are delayed.
If you’re assigned by management as part of a team project where people don’t usually communicate well together then it’s important for everyone involved not only to learn one another’s habits and quirks but also adapt so that each person can succeed within the group dynamic…and avoid any misunderstandings along the way.
With the ever-changing world of technology and all that it entails, there are always new challenges to conquer. Unexpected difficulties will arise like internet or wifi issues, server problems, logins not working–all things you should be prepared for by knowing who to contact in order resolve them quickly without too much fuss. And sometimes a little creative problem solving is necessary just as with any challenge life throws at us!