A lot of people prefer working from home nowadays. The reasons are pretty clear: they get to do their job from the comfort of their own home, they have a more flexible schedule, they save money on commute, and so on. Even if the advantages of working remotely are definitely worth exploring, today, we wanted to talk about some of the potential downfalls of not going to the office every single day. What could go wrong when working remotely from home and what can you do to avoid it?
There are plenty of distraction that can decrease your productivity at home, which is why it’s important to establish some boundaries.
4 Downfalls of Working Remotely and How to Deal with Them
1. Team Connection Will Decrease
If you’re not working next to somebody, it’s hard to form a connection with that person. Most companies know the importance of shaping a certain company culture, in which employees hang out together, go bowling, and so on. This is increasingly harder to achieve when people are working remotely. If you don’t want the team to lose all connection, you’re going to have to rely on technology to keep them in touch with each other. Moreover, organizing face-to-face meetings with everybody once in a while is a really good idea.
2. You Might Get Distracted Easily
This honestly depends on the kind of person you are. There are people who find that working in an office next to other people brings more distractions. Others are more motivated there than they are at home, where domestic things are more likely to distract them. Maybe you have children that require your attention, or a pet, or a chore that you might be tempted to do during work hours. There are plenty of distraction that can decrease your productivity at home, which is why it’s important to establish some boundaries. Having a room that serves as an office and where no one will disturb you is one of the best ideas for people who work remotely.
3. You Don’t Have That Much Structure
We’ve already mentioned that one of the benefits of working remotely is that you have a more flexible schedule. While some people truly enjoy that, others feel like they need more structure in their life. They work better when they know exactly what their schedule is, and they stick to it. The problem of lacking structure is especially relevant if you’re a freelancer. That’s because you get to (more or less) create your own schedule. This can be a great thing as long as you know how to organize yourself and don’t lack discipline. The most important thing when working remotely is to be disciplined and stick to the schedule you’ve created.
4. You Depend on Technology
People who work remotely do that by relying entirely on technology. Which means that if something happens and your internet stops working, or your laptop breaks down, not only will you be unable to work and lose precious time, but other people won’t be able to reach you either. Which is why we recommend investing in the best possible internet service. Moreover, always make sure that your devices are up to date.
Now that you’re aware of the 4 main downfalls of working remotely and how to deal with them, you can start working from home without worrying that this might affect your productivity.
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