- Have clear shared expectations with your leader and organization around what is expected in terms of work – not only hours, but output and what success looks like. When we work remote, it’s key that we know what’s expected as OUTPUT. Because we cannot be seen in terms of how we work, it’s the end product, and the way we collaborate which often boosts trust and provides security that remote work arrangements are working.
- Have dedicated space to work – If you work from home (WFH) or Work From Anywhere (WFA), having what you need, in a secure way, is key to work success. While this may only mean a laptop and small bag for some, for others working remote will mean a dedicated space for files, work and focus. Make a list of all the things you might require to work effectively. And stay tuned for a post next month on the same topic
- Minimize distractions – From kids coming into your home office, to trying to work on the road, distractions are a constant for remote workers. What can you do to minimize these, whether it’s changing your work hours, or work location, or adjusting HOW you work. Identify the top 3-5 distractions that could take you off course this month and work to minimize them.
- Be clear with boundaries – Boundaries take many forms - from official working hours, to negotiating around when and where you are available for meetings. Given that things are not as visible in the remote space, it’s likely that those you support may not understand if you are being pulled from one task to another. The skills of negotiation and influence are key in the remote work space. What are the boundaries which are going to allow you to collaborate AND get work done?
Wishing you the best,
Leadership | Teamwork | Business Success
Author of multiple books including Effective Virtual Conversations (2017), PlanDoTrack (2019) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (2013)
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