You are not working from home, you are at home, working remotely during a crisis. When the pandemic started, work shifted from the constant corners of office space to the suddenly unfamiliar walls of everyone’s home. Unfamiliar in a sense that the function of the space suddenly evolved. From being a place for rest, it became a place for labor. The place wherein you used to recharge became a place that drained your energy, specifically mentally. This is the biggest challenge that employees must endure to adjust to the remote work setup.
Now, although the peak of the pandemic is over, and the whole society is slowly returning to how it used to be, remote jobs do not seem to be going anywhere.
By definition, remote working means a person is doing their job from a location that is not their employer’s center of operations. Such location includes someone’s place of residence, so the option to work from home has not been removed because of how convenient it is. Other sites can be coffee shops, coworking spaces, or even hotels and resorts. This is why some employees and employers alike are able to travel around the world while performing their duties and responsibilities.
But is it really that simple to work from home or work remotely? Or are there actual costs that remote workers need to face?
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Working from home seems like a winsome situation. There are less costs incurred for office rent and utilities on the side of the employer; while on the side of the employees, it almost seems like it’s free to work from home, and so a lot of job hunters actually look for permanent remote work when seeking to be employed, especially now that people have learned the value of work-life balance.
Being away from the “toxic” office environment is not all lap of luxuries. Like all good things, it comes with a cost.
For employers of many organizations, the first major problem they had to solve when the world transitioned to working remotely through online platforms is communication. What would happen to businesses if there were no longer opportunities for face-to-face meetings at which employees and bosses alike could share their thoughts and collaborate on ways to bring the company’s mission to life?
Communication is an important part of how a business works. Employers had to find ways to get projects done quickly and well. In the end, the cost of remote work included a budget for apps that act like project managers and keep everyone on track to finish their tasks, collaboration tools and instant messaging that lets people share ideas, and other digital programs that help employees work meet performance expectations. They also had to come up with a good policy for working from home that would help employees grow and help the company reach its goals.
Career goals have changed as employees started to work remotely almost for an entire year, for some more, especially since office politics have seemingly become a thing of the past. Even in a hybrid work model, employees are not shifting goals from being 100% career-oriented to becoming ambassadors of work-life balance.
Working remotely at home has cost some employees buying equipment and securing their budget for utilities. Some remote workers have also invested in their spaces at home to ensure that they allocated a specific space in their house for work. Others have also allotted budgets for productivity apps to help them stay on track with their to-do lists.
That’s if you are working from home, but if you are working remotely from another location, which has been an appealing idea for most millennials, additional expenses must be in your books.
For a remote worker who jumps from location to location, there are transportation costs, airfare or gas money, lodging and accommodation expenses, and budget allocation for food and clothing.
Although some ludicrous expenses come with remote working compared to working in an office setting, remote employees argue that the benefits compensate for the costs.
The Benefits of Remote Work According to Remote Workers
Hence, comes the rise of remote work opportunities. Despite companies investing in coworking spaces in the office, they still offer a wide array of work-from-home jobs. Naturally, the remote workforce embraced its advantages including more time spent with the family.
This must be the best benefit of having a remote job: being able to spend more time with your family. What parent would resist more bonding time with their kids? Who would not want to have a little more control of their time in a day and get to do more of the things they personally love?
Compared to office-based employees who still need to travel from work to home, employees from remote teams are able to use that time for travel for other activities. They have a side hustle or a long-time hobby they now get to do simply because they have the opportunity to work remotely.
Latest insights of remote working also include location independence, money savings, positive environmental impact, impact on sustainability, improved inclusivity, increased productivity, and a mentally happier and healthier employee.
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Some Tips to Excel in a Remote Job
A remote job has numerous benefits, but proper practices exist to maximize them. Yet, like all things, nothing comes easy, or simply put, you have to put effort into anything that you do.
How much effort can you muster? Are you thriving or are you procrastinating? The following is not a list of apps to download and things to buy to increase productivity when working remotely, but some helpful tips on becoming a better remote worker.
Name Your Feelings
Adjust Your Routine
Do an Energy Audit
Be Mindful of Snacking
Define Your Work Space
Name Your Feelings
Some things are happening in the world that are under your control, and there are other things that are not. It is important that you acknowledge that so that you can give space for your feelings. You are human, and you should take the benefit in being away from an office space and not pressure yourself.
Before working with anything else, check your mental state, name your feelings and be present, and then handle them with grace. Use it to your advantage that you are not so close to your managers. Working remotely must allow you to feel your feelings and not invalidate them.
Adjust Your Routine
Being in a remote environment, it’s easy to wake up late, get one more hour of sleep, take a dozen naps a day, and throw your pre-quarantine routine out of the window. At this point, as remote workers, you must reevaluate your schedule and find a routine that works best for you. When it comes to performance management in office employees, managers are able to facilitate them in a company’s office. But, for remote workforce who are outside the traditional office, you have the capacity to control your tasks and achieve them by managing your own time and energy.
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Do an Energy Audit
Productivity is not synonymous to busyness. In the same way, remote workers should not work just completing hours of duty. Remote employees must measure their productivity according to the projects they were able to accomplish.
This is in relation to adjusting your routine. Do not just adjust your routine based on your time on a task, but assess your energy while doing that task. Assess if you are a morning person or a night owl. By acknowledging your energy levels, you will be know when is the best time for you to perform more difficult tasks and when you can squeeze in the mundane.
Be Mindful of Snacking
Since, we’re talking about energy. Yes, you will still need it. Other than sleep, make sure that you are eating your major meals on time, and do not neglect taking healthy snacks. Emphasis on the healthy so that you don’t regret having so much and see the negative effect of this on your body. The best way is to include in your work schedule little pauses where you can get energizing and nourishing meals in correct proportions.
Also, do schedule water breaks. Full up a big container of water in the morning that you may keep drinking throughout the day.
You must take care of your body and maintain its health since you won’t be able to do any work if you don’t.
Define Your Work Space
Although your week schedule is occupied by work, your home or hotel room does not have to be. In an office space, the ability to shift from rest mode to work mode is easy because all the things you see on site are pointing you to do your job. Capture that idea and apply it in your room where you work remotely. How? To stay focused on doing your work despite not being in the office, allocate a specific space where you get business done.
For example, if you are in a resort or a hotel room, you can decide to use the dining table as your designated work space. That’s where you must put all your work-related stuff and not inside the bedroom so that when it’s time to rest, you rest, and nothing else. Nonetheless, because of the pandemic, most resorts and hotels have added a desk or even coworking spaces in their establishments so they can easily accommodate remote workers.
Speaking of coworking spaces, as said earlier, remote employees work in coffee shops and other shared spaces. But, for those who work from home, a way to stay focused on your work even when you’re at home is to redesign your interior space. No, you don’t need to build a new room and make it an office. One thing you can do is adjust your bed or your sofa, or any furniture depending on where you decide to create a little workspace.
Then, you can paint or wallpaper that area a little differently, put a desk, and even a carpet, so that you get outward signals that this is a space where you need to work and not rest. You can even go to the level of putting in additional effort and redesigning your workstation in your office to ensure that your mind is in the ideal state for performing serious work. This can be done to ensure that you are able to focus on the task at hand.
But, in all seriousness, you will be able to get more work done if you are working remotely in a conducive space, and the best way to do that is to be in a spacious home and a peaceful community. That’s exactly what Brittany homes is all about because the definition of Brittany living is beyond the typical picture of luxury.
Creating Homes that support lifestyle
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