The Challenges Of Remote Workers and How To Overcome Them
The workplace is changing. With the explosion in the use of remote workers, the traditional office is becoming less and less relevant. In fact, the traditional office is dying. In the last few decades, technology has made it possible to work from anywhere, and that includes working from home.
Many people dream of working from anywhere. Going to the office each day and working from there is an idea that many enjoy. However, to achieve this you need to work for a company that allows remote work. There are many companies that allow remote work. But how do you know if a company is a good fit for remote work?
If you work remotely, the days of having a desk-based office and working from home can be a real joy, but they also bring a lot of other challenges. While it can be difficult to get enough exercise and to eat a healthy diet, the other challenges that remote workers face may prove even more difficult to overcome.
Separate Work And Personal Life
There are people that are in the habit of making their work their whole life, or they tend to be in their work or in their work alone in any situation. They tend to let the work be the only thing in their mind, in their thoughts, in their conversations, in their conversations with their friends.
Work and life are often intertwined, and we often forget to make sure we balance our duties and obligations according to our personal goals. When you’re working remotely, the personal and professional goals may differ greatly, and your perception of what success looks like may not match up with your employer.
In a remote work environment, personal and professional lives can become blurred, making it difficult to separate work and personal life.
Being remote means there are certain elements of our daily lives that are harder, but the advantages are that we are free to work on our own terms, perhaps taking care of kids during the early years of their school years, only returning to the office when the children get older.
- Keep Your Work and Personal Life Separate
- Keep Your Work and Personal Desk Separate
- Set Up A Home Office for Work Only Purpose
- Isolate Yourself When Work
Because remote work has become a regular part of modern life, remote workers have become a popular topic of discussion. Remote work—whether employed by a company based in a large metropolis or a start-up in a small town—has become a modern phenomenon, with many people opting to work from home, from the comfort of their couch. This is a trend that has been developing ever since the advent of the Internet, with people looking for ways to improve their lifestyle and improve the productivity of their business.
Remote workers have a lonely existence, because they are separated from the people around them, from their co-workers, from their loved ones and from the people they know. It’s a situation that’s been described as a kind of “iron cage”, by author Gina Trapani.
In an article she wrote for Forbes, Trapani described the loneliness that remote workers experience. Her research team carried out over 250 interviews with remote workers. The results showed that remote workers feel isolated from the rest of the world, and missing out on key social events, such as dinners with friends. Behind this isolation is a lack of flexibility, which is a problem because remote workers often need to work from different locations.
- Become a Digital Nomad
- Meet friends and family
- Join network community
- Video Call Regularly
Collaboration Become Harder
The modern workplace is a very different place from the one we knew a few decades ago, and our interactions with colleagues have changed as a result. We now have access to colleagues around the world without leaving the office, and the tools we need to collaborate with them are as simple as a smartphone and a decent internet connection. But as our interactions with colleagues have become more complex, collaboration has become a much harder task than it used to be.
Collaboration is a part of life that we all must engage in at some point or another. Whether it is meeting with a client over Skype, or having coffee with a coworker, we often face collaborations. However, as we become more and more remote, we can see that collaborations become more and more difficult. We must improve our collaboration skills because we can’t always rely on others to do our work for us.
- Use collaboration tools
- Make video calls
- Communication Clearly
- Set guideline
- Use the right tools
Lots Of Distractions
What do you know about remote workers? It is a bad stereotype that all remote teams have a lot of meetings, have poor communication, and lack productivity. However, remote workers also have a lot of distractions, and distractions can have a negative effect on productivity.
It is no secret that remote work can eat up a lot of your time and that it is a daunting task to be a remote worker. However, internet and technology advances and new ways to work and engage in business have made remote work possible. The key to be a successful remote worker is to use the technology at your disposal to manage distractions and achieve your goals.
- Turning off your phone
- Enable Do Not Disturb Mode
- Lock Yourself In A Room When Work
- Go to coffee-shop or co-working space
Difficult To Maintain Motivation
It’s no secret that motivation doesn’t always come naturally. For most people, it takes a lot of effort to get started on a task, and it can be hard to do the same thing day after day, week after week. If you’ve ever experienced this problem, you know there are a lot of ways to overcome it.
- Surround yourself with supportive people
- Know Your goals
- Set achievable goals
Hard To Maintain Productivity
Having a very flexible working schedule or planning to take on new projects always seems like a great idea, but when reality hits, it becomes clear that it’s much harder than it sounds. The biggest obstacle in keeping productivity high is that it isn’t just the amount of work that needs to be done, but also how it needs to be done. It’s no wonder that most people don’t achieve their goals.
It can be hard to stay productive when you work from a different location each day. Either you have to get to a local coffee shop, or you have to interact with coworkers from an online chat room. However, there are many other ways to get the necessary work done from home, especially if you use the right tools for the job.
- Use To-Do List app
- One task at a time. Don’t Multitask.
- Use Focus tools
- Avoid Distractions
- Listen concentration music
Working With Teammates with Different Timezone
Working with colleagues that are located across the country, or around the world can create challenges. But working with people’s time zones apart is not like working with people in different states. It can be hard to keep up with the life cycle of people who live hundreds of miles apart.
Who works with what time zone all depends on their job and location. Some people work in their local time zone and some work in another time zone. If you work in another time zone, then you have to try to be in sync with your team. It is very hard to do that and the most important thing is that you have to find a good way to do that. You can’t just work with local time zone and then change to another time zone and hope that you will still be in sync.
- Set an office hours
- Commit a regular meetings
- Use right communication tools
- Use right collaboration tools
Hard To Find A Reliable WiFi
We all know that Wi-Fi is everywhere at any given point in time. You can pick it up at hotels, airports, coffee shops, restaurants, malls, parks, and other places that offer free WiFi to their customers. But an interesting question does arise, when you are in remote areas like in the deserts, mountains, jungles, etc. where there is no WiFi at all.
The ability to connect to the Internet when you need it, whether you are at home or on the go, is becoming more important than ever before. Remote workers are increasingly dependent on the Internet both to work and communicate with their clients. When connecting to the Internet, you will want to make sure you are connecting to a reliable network that you can trust.
- Do some research before you move to another place
- Ask about WiFi Speed if neccessary
- Buy a portable WiFi Plan if nessary
We all know that working hard is important, but what happens when we push ourselves too hard? Are we just placing unrealistic expectations on ourselves, or are we just not getting the most out of our work? Are we just working too many hours, or are we working too many hours with the wrong kind of work?
Overworking is one of the most common problems facing remote workers. It is an issue that affects many of us, especially if we work from home on a regular basis. In fact, excessive work is a leading cause of stress for many people, including myself. It is hard to control, and it can be hard to stop. Although there are no easy solutions to this problem, there are a few things that can help.
- Take breaks
- Use Pomodoro Technique
- Encourage work-life balance
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), employees working more than 48 hours per week are considered to be at risk of chronic health problems arising from their lifestyle. Some have speculated that working long hours may have negative health effects, including increased stress, increased food intake, increased body fat, increased blood pressure, heart disease, high blood glucose, high cholesterol, sleep deprivation, and more.
A recent study, conducted by the International Telecommunication Union, found that the average worker spends more than 100 minutes a day on a computer screen. That’s roughly the equivalent of an eight-hour workday, or nearly three full days of screen time. It’s also almost twice as much as the average American spends each day watching TV.
Screen Fatigue happens when you keep looking at your screen and it takes so much energy and concentration and you start to feel exhausted and fatigued and your body starts to hurt and the head starts to hurt and your eyes start to hurt and it’s so hard to focus and not to look at the computer and it’s so hard to concentrate.
- Take Breaks
- Follow Pomodoro Technique, rest 5 minutes every 25 minutes.
- Monitor screen time
- Take some time to exercise outdoor.
If you work in an office, you will have an IT department to solve your technical issue. But, if you work remotely it’s makes us harder to solve the technical issue of your computer. Sometime, you might have some technical issue due to unstable internet, the bugs of the software you use, computer lagging, computer malware and so on.
- IT department can use remote tool to help colleague to solve their PC issue.
- Separate personal and work PC
- Use a reliable tool for meetings