COVID-19 has forced CEOs and teams to consider remote working and accept the fact that things will not go back to how they were. Instead, we will thrive in what will or has already become the new norm – remote working.
The comfort of working from home isn’t something that everyone adapts to easily. However, it is worth noting that these are the features and characteristics that separate successful and unsuccessful remote workers.
A remote worker needs to be judicious with their time and energy, and that can be difficult when working from home. Excellent time tracking and organizational abilities are a must.
Being organized is an important characteristic of successful teleworkers. Being able to determine what to do after each task by having a system set in place increases productivity.
Nothing is more counter-productive than beginning your day unsure of what you’ll be doing first, second, third, and so on.
Strong self-discipline is so important. Even though they are working from the comfort of their own home, there needs to be clear distinction between working hours and time off the clock.
While remote working may not expose you to the distractions from coworkers and office drama, you’re still exposed to your own set of unique diversions. That’s why discipline is such an important characteristic.
You must be able to get enough sleep, set deadlines and follow through on them, and avoid handling personal responsibilities during the middle of the workday.
Self-discipline is one of the top traits needed to work remotely. It helps you stay focused on the big picture or goal, as you take the unpleasant baby steps necessary to reach your desired outcome.
Successful teleworkers are highly skilled, yet they recognize that they don’t know everything. They’re not afraid to ask questions until they’re sure they understand something. If they can’t get answers from a team member, they will go the extra step to research for clarification or instruction.
Critical thinking skills should be expected. When troubles arise you’re expected to research solutions and document them. If the same problem arises again, documentation will be handy and should be shared with anyone on the team for whom it’d be relevant.
Communicative and Responsive
You can’t afford to spend your day chasing down your remote workers when you need information or answers. That’s why, in addition to being good communicators, remote workers need to be highly responsive.
You should always be reachable during the workday, and within minutes, whether that’s through phone or email.
Read more on top characteristics of a remote worker.
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