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Do you have what it takes to work remotely?

Do you have what it takes to work remotely?

Working remotely comes with a number of enticing perks. Less time with your head squished against the window of a crowded train, for starters. More time with your family, friends or beloved TV, as a result. And the best perk - not having to listen to one of your colleagues demolish a family-sized packet of Ready Salted crisps without offering you a single one. (The nerve of some people!)

But remote working is by no means as breezy as it sounds. In fact, you’ll need to take your communicative, organisational and leadership skills to an entirely new level. Here’s how to tell if you’re cut out to work remotely:

 

1) You can put yourself out there.

Out of sight, out of mind’ – or so the saying goes. And this saying accurately expresses the harsh reality of what it is like being a remote worker. While you may be very good at your job, the fact remains that you’re not in the office every day to remind people of it.

So, unless you’re making yourself known to your employer, colleagues and stakeholders, chances are they’ll forget about you (unless they need something).

Don’t be afraid to toot your own horn. Let people know what you’ve been doing and the results you’ve been getting - send around updates of your progress, check in with your colleagues and celebrate your successes.

 

2) You know how to communicate.

On a surface level, it might seem like remote working requires very little people skills. After all, your daily human interaction probably averages out to a 20 minute video call over Skype.

But when it comes to remote working, excellent communication skills are an essential. How do you normally gather information, check in on projects, map out new strategies or build new relationships with people? When you’re working remotely, you’ll have to do all this without the added advantage of being in the same room or building.

Possessing the ability to influence others and articulate yourself in a remote working position is crucial. It also helps if you take the time to interact with people on both a personal and professional level - this way you’ll be better aligned with who they are and how they work.

 

3) You’re in touch with your feelings.

Are you open and honest about your feelings? Do you enjoy connecting with your emotions? Good. Neither do we.

But in order to have a healthy working relationship with your manager, you’ll need to be able to express yourself adequately and in good speed. Why? Since you’re based outside of the office, you’re only real opportunity to express your challenges, priorities, results and successes with your manager will be during a weekly or monthly one-to-one phone call. Therefore, being honest and transparent about your performance is a must.

 

4) You can take the lead.

When working from home, you won’t have anyone there to hold your hand, or even steer you in the right direction. And while your manager might be only an email away, there will be times where you’ll need to take the initiative. In fact, you’re probably expected to.

You’ll need to be confident in your abilities to do your job and always looking to give things a go yourself.

 

5) You’re organised.

While it might seem like a luxury, working remotely means you won’t have the traditional 9-5 working schedule to stick to. This means you’ll need to be incredibly well-organised in order to perform to the best of your abilities.

In fact, you’ll probably have to plan things out a week or two in advance. For instance, if you’re making a visit into the office every few weeks, you’ll probably need to book in meetings with colleagues well in advance, and ensure you leave the office with everything you need to get your job done.

When working from home, be disciplined with yourself. Set a start and finish time, get ready for work like you normally would and have designated break times to get out of the house. And make sure you’re optimising your work day by taking advantage of ‘peak times’ (the times during the day where you perform at your best).

If you possess these skills and have the right attitude to make it work, then working remotely could suit you perfectly.

 
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