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Fri/10/2021
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If you're new to the world of remote work, let me start by saying: Welcome to the club! Those of us who have been working remotely for some time can now be a great resource for colleagues adjusting to their new work from home lifestyles.

 

We understand the difficulties and comforts that come with remote work and we are happy to help. Here are some things I've learned working remotely over the last two years.

Your daily interactions are extremely important in any work environment, but they can be difficult to create and maintain while working remotely. Learning to do this without being face-to-face will increase your ability to work effectively within your team and organization.

When you're not in the office, you're missing out on those casual conversations that naturally occur in the break room or down the hall. Working remotely, you now have to be more intentional about staying in touch. Think about the daily interactions you've had at the office that were important to getting updates on work-related items. Now you have to create a framework for that to happen.

Schedule a daily or weekly time to talk with your manager and close colleagues. Don't forget professional relationships with other peers outside of your team as well. Sending them a quick message asking how they're doing or if there's anything they need help with can go a long way in building or preserving a working relationship. Once you've prioritized who you want to have contact with and how often, consider how best to make these interactions happen.

Most communication is non-verbal. Tone, facial expressions, hand gestures, and body posture all play a role in communication. When working from home, it's easy to quickly email or call someone, but communication should be done via video conferencing when possible. Being able to see someone, even virtually, allows colleagues to understand each other better.

If you're having trouble adjusting to working from home, you're not alone. Find a colleague who has worked remotely before and use them as a resource. They've probably run into similar frustrations and can give you helpful insights.

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