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Dmitry Odintsov

Chief Executive Officer at TrueConf, delivering enterprise-grade video collaboration solutions. With more than 10 years of experience, Dmitry has hands-on experience in managing remote teams.

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Switching to Remote Work: Best Practices

Remote work has seen tremendous growth over the past 5 years as companies realize the benefits of a distributed workforce. Although the COVID-19 pandemic is gradually slowing down, it will be sure to have a lasting impact on the future of work. A recent Gartner research has shown that 48% of employees will likely work remotely at least part-time after COVID-19 (as compared to 30% before the pandemic).

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We’ve all had a chance to try working from home and have certainly felt obvious advantages of this policy: no more daily commuting, no more time wasted in traffic, more inclusivity and complete independence to work from literally anywhere. It appears that remote work ultimately benefits both employees and employers. However, switching to remote work can be challenging, especially if you have zero experience in telecommuting and don’t know where to start. For those new to WFH, enjoy some essential tips to keep your productivity and morale high.

First work-from-home experience

Although this may be a new experience for you, in many ways transitioning the bulk of work from the office to home is a relatively easy process. Combined with rapid advancements in digital technology, a wise team lead and successful time management should do the trick. Here are 4 simplified tips based on advice from geographically dispersed employees, which will help you embrace a different sort of workplace behaviour, wherever you happen to be.

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Dmitry Odintsov

Chief Executive Officer at TrueConf

The transition from office-based to virtual collaboration may be easier said than done. Besides, there are some dos and don’ts that should be considered by managers to avoid potential pitfalls.

Tip 1: “Go” to work — of course, figuratively

Remote work sounds like a luxury but still remains a double-sword. Although it might be tempting to lie in bed, especially without normal resources and routine, you need to make a real effort and stay productive. Whether you’re a work-from-home veteran or newbie, it’s essential to create an office environment, which helps to slip instinctively into work mode. But don't let your dining room table become the source for stacked papers or folders — simply set up a dedicated “professional zone” and tape the “Do Not Disturb” sign to your door.

Tip 2: Stay on track – keep approach in mind

Getting stuff done is hard, especially if you work remotely, and it’s important to accept the fact that there is no cookie-cutter method to improve the attention span. However, we recommend the Pomodoro technique. The methodology is simple: when faced with any large task, break it down into 25-minute chunks separated by five-minute breaks. This trains your brain to focus for short periods as well as helps you stay on top of deadlines or constantly-refilling inboxes.

Tip 3: Fight the urge for multitask

This may look more appealing to catch up on laundry, cultivate a flower garden, listen to a podcast or load a dishwasher — there are a lot of potential distractions, which might pull your focus. There’s nothing wrong with carrying out household chores, as a change of scene gives our brain a little break. But don’t let routine tasks distract you from being productive — keep them limited, thus separating professional and personal time.

Tip 4: Don’t lose touch with colleagues — stay connected

When employees are not physically in the office, they may begin to feel self-isolated. Just because you work remotely doesn’t mean you can’t have a great face-to-face meeting experience. In this case, a useful remote work tool — video conferencing — comes in handy, enabling long-distance interaction and promoting overall collaboration. And even more — without leaving the house.

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Conclusion

There are many helpful tips that will help you change your daily routine without decreasing your performance. Be positive, try various tactics to find the way which will definitely boost your productivity while working at home, continue communicating with coworkers, and give your daily tasks a 100% effort. Open up to this new experience, and who knows - maybe work from home will suit you better than any office job you have ever had.