For many professional’s, working remotely seems like an ideal situation. More flexibility, better hours and you can save hours by not driving in rush hour traffic. Remote work opportunities are on the rise, with research showing that employees who are allowed to work remotely have higher productivity, are more likely to be engaged and show higher retention. For a company that offers this, it provides them with decreased turnover, more productive and higher employee satisfaction.
The remote workplace system isn’t the right solution for every company, so when you start your journey to working remote, there are a few things to ask and keep in mind.
What is Remote Work?
Remote work is a working style that allows professionals to work outside of a traditional office environment. It is based on the concept that work does not need to be done in a specific place to be executed successfully. Remote employees can execute their projects and surpass their goals wherever they please. People have the flexibility to design their days so that their professional and personal lives can be experienced to their fullest potential and coexist peacefully.
Is remote work right for you?
There are pros and cons to working remotely and things you should consider beforehand. Some important questions to ask yourself are:
- What hours do I want to work? Most remote employees are given a bit more flexibility regarding the hours they work. You can start at 8 and end at 4, or you can start at 10 and end at 6. Some companies may not be as flexible as others, but will you be able to shut off after you are scheduled to stop? There will need to be work life balance that you will have to enforce if you are a remote employee. Will you be able to balance the time you work and “shut off”?
- Do you have a space set up for your work? Do you have a designated work space set up in your home for you to work out of? Companies now days are promoting standing desk risers, ergo smart workstations and chairs. It is something important to consider just like you would in an office. You may want to consider investing in a standing desk converters, or a sit-stand desk riser. Companies like Flexispot specialize in these products so you can ensure your taking care of yourself while working.
- How will I feel not having my team to interact with each day? While research shows that employees are more engaged working remotely, some also have the struggle of not having the interaction day to day with their peers. This could be a challenge while working on special projects or being in different time zones and not able to connect when a deadline is approaching. Also, the “water cooler” talk that helps employees build up relationships with their peers. You can still achieve positive relationships with peers at work, it just may take a bit more effort like having regular phone call check ins, or video streams if its available.
So now you have considered some of the questions to ask yourself before working remotely, now your question is “How can I find a Remote position?”
How can I find a Remote position? Remember, looking for a Remote job can take just as much if not more time than an on-site job. So what should you do when you do start to look? .
- Don’t stop networking in person. You never know when a connection you met in person may remember you saying you were interested in Remote work. Face to face networking is still one of the best ways to find jobs.
- Use Career Sites when you start to look for remote jobs, some keywords to flag are, “Completely Distributed” or “100% Distributed” and the most obvious, “Remote”. You can isolate the location search area in Indeed, Glassdoor and LinkedIn for remote work specifically.
- FlexJobs is a site set up for Remote work only. There are also sites that are set up specifically for freelance Remote workers to find jobs. Some of these sites are Upwork, Fiverr and Cloudpeep.
These tips should help you to begin your journey as a remote employee. Be patient, persistent and intentional about the jobs you apply for, and eventually you will find the job that is right for you.